Anigwe, Thomas set records, but Bears fall against Beavers

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - COLLEGE BASKETBALL - By Rusty Sim­mons Rusty Sim­mons is a San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle staff writer. Email: rsim­[email protected]­i­ Twit­ter: @Rusty_SFChron

The Cal women’s bas­ket­ball team keeps rack­ing up in­di­vid­ual records.

The Bears also keep rack­ing up losses.

On a Sun­day af­ter­noon when Kris­tine Anigwe moved into first place on the school’s all-time re­bound­ing list and Asha Thomas took over the top spot for 3-point­ers, the per­sonal achieve­ments weren’t enough in an 82-74 loss to No. 7 Ore­gon State.

“Records and legacy are nice, but what’s more im­por­tant is getting wins,” said Thomas, the se­nior point guard who had 15 points and four as­sists. “At the po­si­tion we’re at right now, we need to get wins to pre­pare for the fu­ture. We’ve just got to be hun­grier. We’ve got to re­ally want it.”

Cal (14-9, 5-7 Pac-12) has lost three in a row for the sec­ond time this sea­son and for the first time in con­fer­ence play. The cur­rent skid has cast a shadow over the in­di­vid­ual bril­liance of Anigwe.

The 6-foot-4 for­ward/cen­ter had 31 points on 10-for-18 shoot­ing and 18 re­bounds against Ore­gon State (20-4, 10-2), mark­ing her 24th con­sec­u­tive dou­ble-dou­ble. It also marked the third straight game that she stamped her name in the Cal record books, only to see her team lose.

On Feb. 2, Anigwe tied Colleen Gal­loway for the school’s all-time scor­ing lead in a loss at Stan­ford. On Fri­day, Anigwe took sole pos­ses­sion of the record in a loss to Ore­gon, and on Sun­day, she sur­passed Gen­nifer Bran­don’s school record of 1,219 re­bounds. Anigwe has 1,235.

Anigwe’s record-set­ting re­bound was one of her more im­pres­sive boards as she switched onto high-scor­ing guard Des­tiny Slocum and con­tested the shot, raced back to block out Madi­son Washington and in­haled the ball.

The Bears went 1-3 in four con­sec­u­tive games against top-10 op­po­nents — a steeple­chase of a stretch that no other team in the coun­try has to try to nav­i­gate this sea­son. They showed signs of pre­par­ing for a sea­son-end­ing span of six games — in­clud­ing four on the road — that prob­a­bly will de­ter­mine whether the pro­gram will make its third straight NCAA Tour­na­ment ap­pear­ance.

On top of beat­ing then-No. 8 Stan­ford on Jan. 31, Cal led for about 17 min­utes against Ore­gon State. Play­ing some of its most in­spired de­fense of the sea­son and getting its usual dom­i­nance in­side from Anigwe, Cal led for 13½ min­utes of the first half.

Anigwe’s free throw with 4:47 re­main­ing in the first half gave the Bears a 35-24 lead, but Ore­gon State started click­ing in the closing min­utes. The Beavers, who came into the game av­er­ag­ing 9.6 made 3-point­ers per game, didn’t make their sec­ond one un­til the 2:51 mark of the sec­ond quar­ter. Aleah Good­man’s 3-pointer was part of an 11-2, half-closing run that trimmed Cal’s lead to 37-35.

Af­ter Cal’s Kianna Smith and Thomas opened the game a com­bined 0-of-10 from the floor, in­clud­ing 0-of-7 from 3-point range, Thomas made two long balls in the third quar­ter. Her sec­ond at the 4:25 mark of the pe­riod put Cal up 48-46, but it was the Bears’ last field goal of the quar­ter.

Be­hind six points from Good­man, Ore­gon State closed the quar­ter on a 13-3 run and went into the fourth with a 59-51 lead. Cal came fir­ing back from 3-point range, with the Beavers pack­ing a 1-3-1 zone in­side the arc.

Thomas made two, Smith got one to fall, and Re­cee Cald­well added one to trim the Bears’ deficit to 66-63 with 6:42 on the clock. Thomas’ 3-pointer with 4:17 left gave her 212 for her ca­reer, mov­ing her past Alexis Gray-Law­son for first in the school’s record book and trim­ming Ore­gon State’s lead to 72-70, but Cal got no closer.

“We just went through the tough­est four-game stretch by sta­tis­ti­cal num­bers that I think any­one will have in the coun­try all year, and yet, with a whole lot of re­spect for the teams we played, we’re dis­ap­pointed,” Cal head coach Lind­say Got­tlieb said. “We’re not happy to get one out of the four.”

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