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Golden Crowns: Player of the Week honors for Vaughn and Anigwe, Frosh of the Week again for Clausi

Anigwe earned national attention for her 30+ points-30 rebounds game, first Div 1 women to achieve this feat since 2002.

Andrew Vaughn hit 2 homers apiece in back-to-back games last weekend.
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Kristine Anigwe garners national attention for a historic game

Closing out her final regular season game in style, Cal senior Forward-Center Kristine Anigwe reached rare company in achieving a 32 point, 30 rebound game in the Bears’ 80-58 win at Washington State last weekend (March 3rd, 2019). Anigwe became the first Division 1 women’s basketball player to reach the 30-30 plateau since UMass’s Jennifer Butler did it on December 28th, 2002. What is perhaps even more impressive, this was Anigwe’s 30th consecutive double-double.

In doing so, Anigwe earned front page story on and plenty of online love from all over the place.

Of course, the Pac-12 conference also bestowed upon her the Player of the Week honor.

espnW also named Anigwe their Player of the Week.

USBWA (US Basketball Writers Association) also name Anigwe as their National Player of the Week.

Kristine got a bigger award as the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year (I think that deserves its own post) as the Golden Bears will look to improve their NCAA seeding (current projections have the Bears in that terrible 8/9 spot) by winning the Pac-12 tournament.

Andrew Vaughn hits 4 more homers

Cal junior 1st baseman Andrew Vaughn continues to do Andrew Vaughn-like stuff, which is getting on base at an insane rate but also hit some homers when the pitchers make the ill-advised decision to challenge him.

Somewhat shockingly, the Pac-12 opts to give the award this week to someone else. Nonetheless, Vaughn still got some national honors for his great week. In the 3 games, Vaughn started poorly with an 0-for-4 with 1 BB but 2 K game before a 4 for 5 with 3 run scored, 4 RBI, 2 homers game and a 3 for 4 with 2 run scored, 5 RBI, 2 more homers game.

For the season, Vaughn is now hitting 18 for 34 (0.529) with an on-base percentage of 0.680 that is buoyed by 15 walks and 1 HBP and 7 homers (and 1 double) for a slugging percentage of 1.176. By counting numbers, Vaughn’s 13 run scored and 18 RBI are also team leading, by a mile. Perhaps even more insane is that Vaughn has only struck out 5 times on the year; last year, Vaughn hit 23 homers but struck out just 18 times en route to win the Golden Spikes award.

Cal Baseball won 2 of 3 games against St. Mary’s to improve to 6-4 on the year.

Collegiate Baseball (CB) Newspaper named Vaughn their National Player of the Week.

Perfect Game also gave Vaughn their National Player of the Week honor.

Cal Baseball will next visit LSU this weekend for an interesting 3-game series against a SEC foe. Pac-12 play starts next weekend when the USC Trojans visits Evans Diamond.

Milan Clausi is the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week again

Helping the No.14 Golden Bears to a season high team score of 196.975 at the Sacramento State tri-meet last weekend, Cal freshman Milan Clausi earned another Pac-12 Freshman fo the Week honor, her 2nd one thus far.

Clausi competed in 3 events and finished in the top 3 in all 3. She earned a 9.875 on the vault, 9.875 on the floor, and 9.850 on beam. Her vault and beam scores tied for the team high while her 9.875 floor score is just behind Kyana George’s 9.900.

Clausi and the Golden Bears will close the regular season road schedule this weekend at San Jose State on Friday night at 7pm PT. Bears will have one final home meet on March 17th. Pac-12 Championships hosted by the Utah Red Rocks will be on March 23rd.