Louisville’s Asia Durr and California’s Kristine Anigwe are this week’s WBCA’s Wade Watch Spotlight players for their performances last week (Jan. 11 through Jan. 17).
In the Cardinals’ first-ever win over a AP top 5 team at home, Durr put on a spectacular shooting display, putting up a game-high 36 points against then No. 2 Notre Dame. The junior from Douglasville, Georgia, shot 13 of 18 from the field and 8 of 10 from behind the arc. She also got her teammates involved by dishing out four assists. The ACC and espnW rewarded her performance by naming her their player of the week for the third and second time this season, respectively. Durr and the Cardinals will host No. 12 Florida State on Sunday.
Averaging 28 points and 13.5 rebounds per game, Anigwe was a dominating force for the Bears during two Pac-12 games. The junior forward from Phoenix amazed spectators with a season-high 30 points and 17 rebounds, the most by a Pac-12 player this year, in the Bears’ 66-60 win over Washington State. She scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds just two nights before against Washington. Anigwe’s conference honored her huge performances by naming her the Pac-12 player of the week for the second time this season. She will lead the Bears as they travel to No. 13 UCLA and USC this weekend.
The weekly Wade Watch Spotlight recognizes standout performances by players on this season’s Wade Watch list of candidates for the Wade Trophy, the sport’s oldest and most prestigious national player of the year award, which the WBCA presents each year to the best player in college women’s basketball.