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Rick Nixon | | December 13, 2017

Women's basketball: The top players of the week

  Fluker's 26-point performance against the Lions moved her to 10th in school history in career points.

Every week,'s Starting Five will bring you a look at some of the top women's basketball players in the country. Here are the standout competitors:

Channon Fluker, CSUN

CSUN's Channon Fluker averaged 25.5 points and 14.5 rebounds in leading the Matadors to a pair of victories over San Jose State and Loyola Marymount.


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The 6-4 junior center scored 25 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in CSUN's 76-59 victory over San Jose State on Dec. 7.  Against Loyola Marymount on Dec. 9, Fluker scored 26 points and tallied 13 rebounds. Her 26-point performance against the Lions moved her to 10th in school history in career points (1,147). Fluker shot 63.3% from the field (19-of-30) during the week. She blocked a career-high eight shots against LMU and made a career high three steals against the Lions.

She has recorded four consecutive double-doubles to bring her career total to 38 in 70 career appearances.

CSUN returns to the court Monday, Dec. 18 when the Matadors (4-6) host Northern Arizona.

Loryn Goodwin, Oklahoma State

Loryn Goodwin had 27 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals in leading Oklahoma State to a convincing 87-72 victory over No. 7 UCLA last Friday night. The performance earned Goodwin espnW National Player of the Week honors.

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Facing their second top-10 opponent in a row, Oklahoma State topped UCLA just three days after a 79-76 loss at No. 6 Mississippi State in which Goodwin had 35 points. The win extended Oklahoma State's regular-season home winning streak against non-conference foes to 54, dating to a Dec. 12, 2010 loss to No. 5 Duke. Against UCLA, Oklahoma State built a 20-4 lead late in the opening quarter before UCLA rallied, getting as close as three midway through the third quarter before the Cowgirls restored a double-digit lead in the fourth.

A graduate transfer from UTSA where she was Conference USA Newcomer of the Year last season, Goodwin has excelled against ranked opponents this season, averaging 30.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.7 steals per contest in three games. 

The Cowgirls, 7-2, will look to extend the 54-game non-conference winning streak when they next host South Carolina-Upstate on Dec. 19.

Kristine Anigwe, California

California junior Kristine Anigwe averaged 27 points and 10.5 rebounds per game while leading the Golden Bears (7-2) to wins over San Diego and Pacific.  The Phoenix, Arizona-product is averaging nearly a point per minute as of late, scoring a total of 54 points in her last 60 minutes of action while shooting 66.7 percent (22-33) from the floor in her last two outings combined.

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A unanimous preseason All-Pac-12 selection, Anigwe scored 26 points on 11-14 shooting (78.6 percent) on Dec. 7 against San Diego, missing just one of her final 11 field goal attempts, including a streak of eight consecutive made field goals from midway through the first quarter to late in the third as Cal prevailed 89-64.

On Sunday in a 92-85 win at Pacific, Anigwe tied her season-high with 28 points and added 18 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. After pulling down a career-high 25 rebounds on Nov. 19 at Brown, Anigwe is now the only player in Division I basketball with multiple games of 18-or-more rebounds this season. 

A two-time honorable mention All-American, Anigwe currently leads the Pac-12 in scoring, averaging 18.7 points per game on the season, and is tied for first in the conference with 8.8 rebounds per game.

Anigwe and the Bears will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 16, hosting BYU.

Jaime Nared, Tennessee

Tennessee’s Jaime Nared averaged 25.0 points and 9.5 rebounds in wins over No. 2 Texas and Troy last week.

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Nared helped Tennessee defeat its highest ranked opponent at home since 2010, firing in a game-high 23 points and carding her fourth double-double of the season with a game-high 13 rebounds in the wire-to-wire 82-75 win over the Longhorns on Sunday. She scored 15 of her 23 points in the second half vs. Texas, hitting 9-of-12 free throws in the fourth quarter to help the Lady Vols snap a three-game series losing skid vs. the Longhorns. Playing all 40 minutes, Nared also registered a game-high four steals as the Lady Vols knocked Texas from the ranks of the unbeaten. 

In a 131-69 win over Troy on Dec. 6, Nared drained 10-of-14 shots from the field, including 3-of-4 from three-point land, to finish with a game-high 27 points in only 24 minutes of duty vs. the Trojans. She added six rebounds, three steals and two blocks and assists for Tennessee, which posted the third-most points in school history as well as the most assists and field goals in Thompson-Boling Arena history. The 131 points were the most scored by a Division I team this season.

Tennessee, 10-0, will next hit the road for the team's first two true road games of the season. The Lady Vols travel to Long Beach State on Dec. 17 and then face a test at No. 18 Stanford on Dec. 21.

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Jessica Lindstrom, Green Bay

Behind the strong play of Jessica Lindstrom, the Green Bay Phoenix picked up a couple wins on the road last week and moved up in the latest Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Polls, moving up to No. 21 and No. 24, respectively. The 21st ranking in the AP Poll marks the highest spot for the Phoenix since entering the 2013 NCAA Tournament at No. 20.

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Lindstrom was the driving force this past week, helping lead Green Bay to a pair of road wins by averaging 21.5 points and 14.5 rebounds per game as the Phoenix scored wins at Dayton (75-64) and Loyola Chicago (76-39) .

The senior forward started the week off with a 29-point and 17-rebound performance against Dayton to surpass the 1,000 points mark for her career and move into seventh place on Green Bay's all-time rebounding list. The 29 points set a new career-high for the Wisconsin native and the 17-rebound effort tied her previous career best.

Against Loyola Chicago, Lindstrom posted her second double-double of the week and her fourth double-double of the season by halftime, scoring 10 points and pulling down 10 rebounds in 16 minutes of first-half action. Lindstrom finished with 14 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in 29 minutes.

The Phoenix currently boast the top statistical defense in the country, allowing a lowly 46.8 points per game to start the season.  Considering they have already faced five teams that took part in the 2017 NCAA Tournament, it makes the stat all the more impressive.

Green Bay's next action will come this Saturday, Dec. 16 when the Phoenix host Bradley.

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