Cal's Kristine Anigwe earns 2019 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award for her record-breaking season
Apr 7, 2019
Cal's Kristine Anigwe earns the 2019 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award for her outstanding achievements on the court this season. Finishing the year as the nation's leading rebounder at 16.2 rebounds per game, Anigwe averaged almost three rebounds per game ahead of any other player – male or female – in the country. Her 533 total rebounds this season marked the highest single-season rebounding total ever by a Pac-12 player and the sixth-most in a single-season in Division I women’s basketball history. Anigwe also averaged 1.7 blocks per game and 1.0 steals per game on the year. She became the first Division I women’s player in 30 years to average over 22 points per game and 16 rebounds per game over the course of the season.