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When the dust settled, both had fouled out as scoring leaders for their respective teams.
In No. 7 Utah's matchup with No. 10 Cal at the Pac-12 Women's Tournament Thursday, Utes sophomore Emily Potter and Golden Bears freshman Kristine Anigwe gave a glimpse into the talented future of post play in the Pac-12.
Potter finished with 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting, along with four rebounds and a block. She held Anigwe named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year earlier this week to just six points in the first half.
But as Potter got into foul trouble, Anigwe picked up the pace for 18 points and 14 rebounds before fouling out herself. "I think our gameplan was to attack her and theirs was to attack Potter," Utah coach Lynne Roberts said. "Both were effective."
Potter reached double-digit scoring for the 27th time this season, the 28th such effort for Anigwe in her first 29 games at Cal. In two regular season matchups between their teams this season, Potter scored 36 combined and Anigwe dropped 45.
The Utah sophomore was complimentary of Anigwe after battling in the paint in Utah's 66-63 overtime loss.
"They were definitely very physical. The entire game was very physical," Potter said. "But that's a matchup I look forward to and it's fun to be able to play against great players like her and every team that's in this conference."
Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb said neither player can be defended one-on-one, a theme throughout the game as both Potter and Anigwe received double- and triple-teams when they touched the ball.
"They took turns going at each other, they were the focal point of the other's defense quite a bit," Gottlieb said. "We were just fortunate that the rest of our players were able to make enough big plays."
After watching the centerpiece of her offensive attack in Potter Thursday, Roberts said this is only the beginning of the potential for both her and Anigwe.
"Those are two, great young players going at it," Roberts said. "They're going to battle for two more years."