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Rick Nixon | | January 17, 2018

Asia Durr leads Louisville to first No. 2 ranking

Louisville guard Asia Durr helped the Cardinals move to No. 2 in the country for the first time in school history.

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:

Kristine Anigwe, California

California junior Kristine Anigwe posted two double-double’s and averaged 28 points and 13.5 rebounds while leading the Golden Bears to wins over Washington and Washington State.  Anigwe added three blocks and two steals over the pair of games while shooting nearly 65 percent from the floor.

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In Cal’s 69-60 win over Washington on Jan. 12, Anigwe had a game-high 26 points, going 12-18 from the floor and adding 10 rebounds.

She followed up with 30 points on 12-19 shooting on Sunday against Washington State, adding 17 rebounds, the most by any player in a Pac-12 game this season while guiding Cal to its third consecutive win in conference play. Sunday's outing against the Cougars was her ninth career game with 30-plus points and her seventh outing with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds. All other players in the conference combined have just two 30-10 games over the last three seasons.

Anigwe has now notched six double-double’s this season and has 41 career 20-point outings. She leads the Pac-12 with four double-doubles this season in conference play while also leading the conference in rebounding for the season, averaging 9.4 boards per game. The 6-4 center/forward also ranks third in the conference in both scoring (18.0 points per game) and field goal percentage (58.5 percent).

A two-time All-Pac-12 selection, Anigwe moved into the top-10 in Cal's all-time scoring list this weekend and is now one of only five active players in all of Division I women's basketball with at least 1,600 career points and 750 career rebounds. The other four players to hit the thresholds – South Carolina's A'ja Wilson, Louisville's Myisha Hines-Allen, Temple's Tanaya Atkinson, and Columbia's Camille Zimmermann -- are all seniors.

Anigwe and the 21st-ranked Golden Bears (13-4, 4-2 Pac-12) will return to action on Friday, visiting 13th-ranked UCLA.

Asia Durr, Louisville

Louisville junior guard Asia Durr helped the Cardinals move to the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) standings and No. 2 in the country for the first time in school history with a 36-point performance against Notre Dame last Thursday.

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She scored 36 points on 13-of-18 shooting, including an impressive 8-of-10 from three-point range, in the Cards' 100-67 victory over then-No. 2 Notre Dame. Her 36 points are tied for the third best scoring game of her career and her eight 3-point field goals made are second to only the nine she made against Ohio State, which tied the school record earlier this season.

Following the victory over Notre Dame, Louisville moved up to No. 2 in latest Associated Press women's basketball poll for the first time in school history. It's the first time that Louisville is this high in the poll since first getting ranked in 2006.

Durr has scored in double figures in her last 11 games and has 15 double-digit scoring games this season, including nine 20-point games. She has eight career 30-point games and 31 career 20-point games. She leads the ACC and ranks 18th in the country with 21.1 points per game. Her 26.8 points-per-game in ACC play also lead the league.

She has made a minimum of three 3-pointers in her last eight games and is 36-of-60 (.600) from deep during that stretch. She is now shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc (64-128) on the year, which leads the nation.

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Louisville, 19-0 overall and 5-0 in ACC play, returns to action on Jan. 18 when they travel to face Pittsburgh.

Caliya Robinson, Georgia

Georgia improved to 16-2, its best start since 2012-13, as junior forward Caliya Robinson averaged 19.5 points and 15.5 rebounds per game as the Bulldogs scored wins over Arkansas (78-65) and Texas A&M (92-84) in overtime. 

In the win at Texas A&M, Robinson finished just two blocks shy of a triple-double with 18 points, 19 rebounds and eight blocks. The 19 rebounds tied for the second-most by any Southeastern Conference (SEC) player this season and the sixth-most for a Georgia player in school history. The SEC's blocked shots leader this season with 64, Robinson’s eight-block performance is the best for an SEC player during the 2017-18 campaign. The double-double was her fourth of the season and 14th of her career.

Robinson and freshman Gabby Connally proved too much for Texas A&M. Connally backed Robinson’s near triple-double with a career-high 37 points of her own in the game. The 37 points are the most by a Georgia freshman against an SEC foe and tied for the third-highest single-game freshman performance in school history behind only Coco Miller and Janet Harris. 

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In the win over Arkansas on Jan. 11, Robinson posted 21 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. Along with draining three 3-pointers for the second time in her Georgia career, the Marietta, Georgia native added five assists and five blocks, keeping her atop the SEC with 56.

Georgia will next play at home against Auburn on Sunday, Jan. 21.

Riley Lupfer, Boise State

Sophomore guard Riley Lupfer averaged 27.0 points and delivered two game-changing performances as Boise State overcame a pair of seven-point halftime deficits to pick up wins over Fresno State (75-66) and at San Diego State (86-70) last week.

Lupfer helped Boise State improve to 10-7 overall and 4-2 in Mountain West Conference play by averaging 27.0 points over the two wins, scoring 26 Wednesday against the Bulldogs and matching her career-high of 28 Saturday at San Diego State. She was deadly from deep, going a combined 13-for-21 (61.9 percent) from three-point range, including a career high-tying seven against the Aztecs. She shot 61.3 percent (19-for-31) overall from the field for the week.

In the win over Fresno State, Lupfer connected on six three-pointers and went 5-for-8 from behind the arc in the second half as the Broncos outscored the Bulldogs, 35-21, over the final 20 minutes.

Against San Diego State, Lupfer went 7-for-12 from three-point range for the game and scored 25 of her 28 points in the second half as Boise State outscored the Aztecs, 50-27. It was Lupfer's fourth 20-point game over the last five for the Broncos, who stayed just a game back of the Mountain West pace with the victory.

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Boise State will play at Utah State on Jan. 17.

Fans’ Vote:

Kamry Orr, Central Arkansas

After setting career scoring highs in back-to-back road victories, Central Arkansas junior guard Kamry Orr has been selected as a member of the Starting Five via the fans’ vote.


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In a week in which the Sugar Bears remained undefeated in Southland Conference play with a pair of victories by at least 20 points, Orr was the offensive catalyst – averaging 29.5 points per game with a then-career high of 27 in the 57-35 win at Incarnate Word on Jan. 10, followed by a new high mark of 32 in the 69-48 win at Nicholls State on Saturday.

Orr twice outscored the opposing team in a quarter, getting 16 to Nicholls State’s 11 in the fourth period in Thibodaux, Louisiana and 10 to Incarnate Word's five in the third period in San Antonio.

She shot 60 percent from 3-point range (6 of 10) for the week and knocked down 89% from the free throw line, making 17 of 19. Her three-point total was more than both of the Sugar Bears' opponents for the week, as Incarnate Word and Nicholls State combined to hit just four. Her free throw total was just two short of the Cardinals' and Colonels' total of 19, and she had seven steals on the week while the other two teams combined for eight. She also led the Sugar Bears with four assists at Nicholls State, eclipsing the Colonels' team total of three.

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Orr's 59 points over the two games equaled the highest total for a Sugar Bear since three-time Southland Player of the Year Megan Herbert totaled 68 on Dec. 14 and 19, 2009. During the Sugar Bears' eight-game winning streak, Orr has scored in double figures seven times and is averaging 18 points per game over that span. She now ranks fifth in the Southland for scoring on the season at 15.1 per game and is third in conference play at 18.7 per game.

Orr and the Sugar Bears (13-4 and 6-0) are home for a pair this week, starting with New Orleans – which features the league's leading scorer in Randi Brown (23.3 overall, 25.7 in Southland) – on Jan. 17, followed by reigning Southland regular season co-champion Abilene Christian on Saturday, Jan. 20.

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