Tucson High School Sports

Arizona Wildcats 2-0 After Beating Santa Clara Behind Sam Thomas’ Bang-the-Drum Performance

Information from the Arizona media relations department contributed to this report:

Arizona outscored Santa Clara 22-6 in the fourth quarter to defeat the Broncos 65-52 on Friday night in front of 4,225 fans in McKale Center.

Arizona coach Adia Barnes mentioned last season she believes the Wildcats can average at least 5,000 fans a game and build from there.

Aari McDonald scored 20 points while Sam Thomas added 17.

Thomas, a junior, shot 7 of 14 from the field and went 3 of 6 from 3-point range as she outscored Santa Clara 8-6 by herself in the fourth quarter. Thomas also had a game-high eight rebounds with four assists. She also blocked three shots.

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Sam Thomas defends a Santa Clara player (Arizona Athletics photo)

“I’m so proud of the growth of Sam. She’s looks more comfortable and she’s being aggressive, so I’m so proud of her and I need her to keep doing what she’s doing,” McDonald said.

Sam Thomas continues the Arizona women’s hoops team’s new tradition: Banging toe drum after a win (Arizona Athletics photo)

Dating back to last season when the Wildcats won their last six games to claim the WNIT title, they are on an eight-game winning streak.

They hit the road to Chicago next week. They will play Chicago State on Tuesday with tip-off set for 5 p.m., Tucson time.

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