Arizona Women's Basketball

Arizona Wildcats Eclipse 100 Points, Off To 7-1 Start With Nation’s Leading Scorer Aari McDonald

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The Arizona Wildcats (7-1) eclipsed 100 points for the first time since 2013 while beating Montana by a score of 100-51 on Wednesday afternoon at McKale Center, increasing the Wildcats’ winning streak to six games. Arizona won only six games last season under Adia Barnes, who is now in her third season as head coach at her alma mater.

Arizona’s 49-point victory is the largest margin of victory for the Wildcats since Dec. 4, 2004, when they beat UNC Greensboro by 50 points.

Arizona sophomore guard Aari McDonald, a transfer from Washington who made the Pac-10’s All-Freshman Team with the Huskies two years ago, leads the nation in scoring (Arizona Athletics photo)

The nation’s leading scorer Aari McDonald, a third-year sophomore transfer from Washington, scored 28 points to go with six rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Cate Reese, the program’s first McDonald’s All-American, scored 20 points with a career-high 18 rebounds, the most by an Arizona freshman since Shawntinice Polk in 2002. No player in Arizona history has recorded at least 18 rebounds since recent Arizona Ring of Honor inductee Ify Ibekwe had 22 on Feb. 13, 2011.

Sam Thomas scored 12 points and grabbed eight boards with a game-high six assists to go along with three steals.

NCAA statistics heading into today’s games:

Off the bench, Semaj Smith scored a career-high 13 points and Tee Tee Starks scored nine points.

As a team, the Wildcats outshot Montana 51 percent to 35 percent. The Wildcats have now shot at least 43 percent from the field in the last six games. The Wildcats also outrebounded Montana 50-22 and finished the game with 23 offensive rebounds behind Reese’s seven.

Arizona next plays at Long Beach State on Sunday at 2 p.m., Tucson time.

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