Cal senior Kristine Anigwe was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, the conference announced on Tuesday evening.
However, Anigwe was not named the conference's player of the year in the vote of the coaches. That award when to Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu , who was voted the Pac-12 Player of the Year for the second straight year.
Utah’s Dre’Una Edwards won Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, Oregon State’s Aleah Goodman was named Pac-12 Sixth Player of the Year, and Oregon head coach Kelly Graves was selected as the Coach of the Year.
To no one’s surprise, Anigwe was named to the Pac-12 all-conference team for the fourth time when the team was announced on Tuesday.
Anigwe certainly had the statistics to warrant being named Pac-12 player of the year, but the award typically goes to a player for a team that finished first or second in the standings. Cal had a 9-9 conference record, tied for sixth. That’s why Sabrina Ionescu, who was the conference player of the year last year and plays for regular-season champion Oregon, had the inside track on the player of the year voting.
Anigwe leads the nation in rebounding at 16.4 boards per game, and averaged 1.7 blocks per game as well.
The Pac-12 all-conference team is somewhat diluted because the conference names 15 players to its all-conference team, with no distinction for first-team or second-team selection.
Anigwe is the 15th player in league history to be named to the all-conference team four times and the second Golden Bear to achieve the feat (Devanei Hamption, 2006-09).
Coming off a 32-point, 30-rebound game in the final game of the regular season, she was also voted to the All-Defensive team for the second time.
Cal’s McKenzie Forbes received honorable mention for the conference all-freshman team.
ALL-PAC-12 (15 members)
Kristine Anigewe, Cal
Maite Cazorla, Oregon
DiJonai Carrington, Stanford
Ruthy Hebard, Oregon
Borislava Hristova, Washington State
Megan Huff, Utah
Kianna Ibis, Arizona State
Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon
Aari McDonald, Arizona
Michaela Onyenwere, UCLA
Mikayla Pivec, Oregon State
Satou Sabally, Oregon
Alanna Smith, Stanford
Kiana Williams, Stanford
Lindsey Corsaro, UCLA
Dre'Una Edwards, Utah
Dru Gylten, Utah
Lacie Hull, Stanford
Cate Reese, Arizona