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Cal's superstar freshman is not a secret any longer, as the two-way force impresses week after week.

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Women's Water Polo

No. 4 Cal Wins Two More At LouStrong Memorial

SAN JOSE - The No. 4 Cal women's water polo team improved to 4-0 on the season with two more wins Sunday on the final day of the LouStrong Memorial at San Jose State.

The Bears got three goals each from senior Sierra Smiley and junior Stephanie Mutafyan to defeat Sonoma State 12-4 the sophomore Carla Carrega led the charge with a hat trick of her own in a 7-3 triumph over Bakersfield.

Cal had eight different goal-scorers against the Seawolves. The Bears jumped out to a 4-0 lead, and after Sonoma State finally got on the scoreboard, Cal notched five more unanswered goals to take command.

Women's Soccer

All-American #Bears! #nscaaconvention #GoBears

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Men's Basketball

Brian Hendrick To Enter Pac-12 Hall Of Honor: Cal Hall Of Famer Helped Cal To Two NCAA Tournaments During His Career

BERKELEY - Brian Hendrick, a 6-8 forward who starred for the Golden Bears from 1990-93 with his career bookended by two historic seasons in Cal history, will be inducted into the Pac-12 Men's Basketball Hall of Honor. The Class of 2016 ceremony will take place on March 12 prior to the championship game of the Pac-12 Tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

As a freshman in 1989-90, Hendrick earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors when he contributed 14.9 ppg and 7.6 rpg. In March, the Bears earned their first NCAA Tournament berth in 30 years. Cal upended Indiana, 65-63, in the opening round before falling to Connecticut. During his senior year, Hendrick played a key role as the Bears advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 with wins over LSU and two-time defending champion Duke.

A three-time first-team All-Pac-10 post, Hendrick finished his career as one of Cal's all-time leaders in scoring (1,556 points), rebounding (898), field goal shooting (53.6%) and blocks (98) - four marks that remain in the school's top 10 more than 20 years after his career ended. He was inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.

Swimming & Diving

Women's Basketball

Bears Fall Short at Oregon, 69-59: Cal's Fourth Quarter Surge Can't Lift The Bears Over The Ducks

EUGENE, Ore. - Cal's 24-point fourth-quarter surge wasn't enough to make up for a four-point second quarter, and the Golden Bears fell short at Oregon, 69-59, Sunday afternoon at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore.

Freshman Kristine Anigwe led the Bears with a double-double on 17 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Courtney Range added 15 points for a 32-point weekend, and sophomore Mikayla Cowling logged her third consecutive double-digit outing with 11 points.

The Bears were hot from the free throw line all game long, shoot 94.1 percent (16-17), including a perfect 12-12 in the second half, but shot 35.8 percent from the floor. Cal was weighed down by a 6-30 (20.0 percent) first half but came out 13-23 (56.5 percent) in the second half.

Freshman Anigwe leading Cal women on both ends of court

BY JANIE MCCAULEY
AP Sports Writer

Kristine Anigwe's reply is right on.

The California women's basketball team gathers at midcourt during a game-day shootaround when associate head coach Charmin Smith puts the freshman on the spot: "Kristine, which team will get the most baskets today in transition?"

"Cal!" she responds with emphasis.

"Good answer," Smith adds.

Later that night, Anigwe's key finishes on the very fast break they had discussed hours earlier helped the Golden Bears hold off Nebraska 87-80 in overtime. Anigwe celebrated a three-point play by leaping into the air, showing the athleticism and ability that have made her an instant star in Berkeley and beyond.

Oh, and she can dunk.

Anigwe is learning to pass out of the occasional triple-team and showing up in coach Lindsay Gottlieb's office with a blanket eager to hunker down and study film.

"I'm just really grateful I'm in this position with great teammates. Without great teammates I wouldn't have the confidence to play as well as I've been playing," she said. "I don't think (opponents) really knew me ... I was just tall."

Anigwe is no secret now.