Cal Women's Basketball: Bears to Play Consecutive Games Against Washington State

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Bears end regular season in Pullman, Wash., on Sunday, then face Cougars again in Pac-12 tournament

CAL (17-11, 8-9 Pac-12) vs. WASHINGTON STATE (9-19, 4-13)

WHERE: Friel Court, Pullman, Wash.

WHEN: Sunday, noon

TV: Pac-12 Networks Bay Area

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CAL-WASHINGTON STATE HISTORY: Cal leads the alltime series 46-23. Cal has won the last three games against the Cougars and 11 of the last 13. The Bears beat WSU 77-63 on January 18 in the team’s first meeting this season.

PAC-12 TOUNAMENT SEEDS: Cal is already guaranteed the No. 7 seed in next week’s Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas, and Washington State is already guaranteed the No. 10 seed. That means Cal and Washington State will meet in the first round of the conference tournament on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

CAL STORYLINES: The Bears have won three in a row and are coming off a 71-65 victory over Washington on Friday . . . Cal was 38th in the RPI rankings as of Saturday, and the Bears apparently would be in the NCAA Tournament if the selections were made today. A bad loss might endanger their postseason status, though, and a loss to the Cougars either Sunday or in the Pac-12 tournament would be considered a bad loss. . . In the first game against Washington State this season, the Bears pulled away in the fourth quarter for a comfortable 14-point victory. Cal center Kristine Anigwe had 29 points and 23 rebounds in that game against the Cougars, and she would break the Pac-12 record for consecutive double-doubles if she gets at least 10 points and 10 rebounds against Washington State. Anigwe is currently tied with former Oregon player Jillian Alleyne with 29 straight double-doubles. . . . Anigwe is sixth in the country in scoring (22.8 points per game) and first in rebounding (15.9). She is hoping to become the first Cal player to become a first-team Associated Press All-American.

WASHINGTON STATE STORYLINES: The Cougars have lost three in row, including a 67-42 loss to Stanford on Friday . . . Sunday is Senior Day for Washington State, which will play its final home game of the season. . . . Borislava Hristova enters the game 20th in the country in scoring and third in the Pac-12 at 20.2 points per game. She scored 21 points in the earlier game against Cal, but she scored just five points in Friday’s loss to Stanford . . . WSU senior Alexys Swedlund is the school record-holder in three-pointers made.