No. 18 California women hold off Tulane, 65-57 in San Diego
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Kristine Anigwe and Kianna Smith combined to score 33 points and the No. 18 California women held off Tulane for a 65-57 win at the San Diego Thanksgiving Tournament Friday night to remain unbeaten with five straight wins.
The Golden Bears led by as many as 11 points in the second quarter, but the Green Wave rallied to cut the lead to three, 26-23 on Kayla Manuirirangi’s jumper with :45 left in the first half.
Tulane came back to tie the game at 33 with 4:11 left in the third, but Anigwe and Recee’ Caldwell hit back-to-back 3-pointers to spark a 13-5 run to re-establish the cushion and Smith hit four straight free throws in the final :27 to seal the win.
Cal shot just 23 of 58 (39.7 percent) from the field, but knocked down 10 of 29 from beyond the 3-point arc and maintained a 43-34 advantage on the boards.
Anigwe finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Smith had 16 points.
Dynah Jones came off the Tulane (3-1) bench to score 22 points.