No. Three seed Arizona got here out on prime after a tightly fought recreation, beating No. 11 seed Brigham Younger College, 52-46. Neither staff ever led by greater than 6 as the 2 grappled. It was the Wildcats who earned their program’s second Candy 16 berth, and their first since head coach Adia Barnes was Arizona’s star participant in 1998.
“All or nothing, simply do it or die,” Arizona senior Aari McDonald mentioned in a tv interview after the sport. She completed with 17 factors and 11 rebounds. “I undoubtedly didn’t wish to go dwelling, so I needed to simply suck it up and depart all of it on the court docket.”
McDonald hit her first 3-point shot in the midst of the fourth quarter. Brigham Younger adopted with a shot clock violation after which the Wildcats took again the lead.
“We all know that protection begins our offense, and I’m the catalyst,” McDonald mentioned. “Second half, I took delight in my protection and we bought the job achieved.”
Trinity Baptiste fouled out within the closing minute after racking up 11 rebounds and after making a doubtlessly game-saving play by tipping considered one of McDonald’s misses again out to the usually sharpshooting guard. McDonald was then in a position to make a driving layup that successfully sealed the sport.
After the Wildcats shot some free throws, the Cougars had one final likelihood — an opportunity that McDonald generated with a steal with 9 seconds left earlier than hitting yet another layup on her technique to her first Candy 16.