Arizona upsets UConn, advances to 1st NCAA Tournament title game

Arizona Wildcats Players celebrate their win over the Connecticut Huskies in the semifinals of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament at Alamodome on April 2, 2021 in San Antonio, Texas. /Photo by Justin Tafoya/Daily Wildcat

By Rachel Gossen | AzSports

The No. 3 seed Arizona Wildcats toppled No. 1 seed UConn 69-59 Friday night to bring the team to its first ever trip to the women’s NCAA Tournament championship game.

Aari McDonald scored 26 points in the win. It was the Pac-12 player of the year’s 92nd straight game scoring more than 10 points.

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As she has done throughout the tournament, McDonald did it all for the Wildcats with slashing drives, pinpoint shooting from long range and a defensive intensity that kept UConn in check.

Arizona will now face No. 1 seed Stanford in a fight for the national title on Sunday.

“We just believed,” McDonald said. “It was that grit. We didn’t want to go home once again, and we’re proving it.”

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