Cal's Kristine Anigwe was named National Freshman of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association on Sunday before the NCAA Women's Final Four in Indianapolis.

Anigwe is Cal's first national honoree in program history, and is the second player in Pac-12 history to win the award. Stanford's Candice Wiggins was a co-recipient in 2004-05.

"I feel humbled and grateful to win this award," Anigwe said. "It was fun and challenging to play against some of the top players in the country this season. ... I'm looking forward to building on what I learned this season while I live my dream playing at Cal."

The National Freshman of the Year is determined by a vote of USBWA members.

The Phoenix product averaged 20.5 points and 9.3 rebounds and became the program's leading freshman scorer.



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