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2017 Pac-12 Women's Basketball Tournament

Presented by New York Life
Event: March 2-5
Keyarena | Seattle, WA

2017 Pac-12 Women's Basketball Tournament: Kristine Anigwe powers Cal past USC

Mar 2, 2017

SEATTLE - Kristine Anigwe scored 34 points with 13 rebounds and four blocks and eighth-seeded California pulled away from ninth-seeded California 71-58 in the opening game of the Pac-12 Tournament on Thursday.

Cal was up 48-45 entering the fourth quarter and Anigwe scored the Golden Bears' first nine points and had 11 in the period. Anigwe's fifth 30-point game of the season was the school record in the tournament.

Mikayla Cowling had 12 points, making all six of her free throws in the last 1:13, and had seven assists. Mi'Cole Cayton also had 12.

The Bears (19-2) face top-seeded and sixth-ranked Oregon State in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Kristen Simon had 17 points for the Trojans (14-16), who led 28-20 late in the first half before Cal closed with a 10-0 run with Anigwe and Cowling scoring four each. Anigwe stretched the run to 17-0 with the first seven points of the fourth quarter and also had Cal's next five points.

Aingwe went 12 of 19 from the field and 9 of 10 from the line. The Bears shot 55 percent (26 of 47) despite going 1 of 8 from distance.