SEATTLE (AP) Kristine Anigwe scored 34 points with 13 rebounds and four blocks and eighth-seeded Califiornia pulled away from ninth-seeded USC 71-58 in the opening game of the Pac-12 Tournament on Thursday.
Cal was up 48-45 entering the fourth quarter and Anigwe scored the Golden Bears’ first nine points and had 11 in the period. Anigwe’s fifth 30-point game of the season was the school record in the tournament.
Mikayla Cowling had 12 points, making all six of her free throws in the last 1:13, and had seven assists. Mi’Cole Cayton also had 12.
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The Bears (19-2) face top-seeded and sixth-ranked Oregon State in the quarterfinals on Friday.
Kristen Simon had 17 points for the Trojans (14-16), who led 28-20 late in the first half before Cal closed with a 10-0 run with Anigwe and Cowling scoring four each. Anigwe stretched the run to 17-0 with the first seven points of the fourth quarter and also had Cal’s next five points.
Aingwe went 12 of 19 from the field and 9 of 10 from the line. The Bears shot 55 percent (26 of 47) despite going 1 of 8 from distance.