Arizona Women's Basketball

Social Media Reactions of Aari McDonald’s Historic Game in Arizona Wildcats’ Upset of No. 22 Texas


The Arizona media relations department contributed to this report.

Junior guard Aari McDonald was named ESPNw and Pac-12 Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 34 points per game on 79 percent shooting in Arizona’s routs over No. 22 Texas and Chicago State.

McDonald capped off her historic weekend with a 44-point performance in a road win against Texas, which is the new school single-game scoring record and also tied the Frank Erwin Center record for most points by an opposing player.

The Longhorns had no answer for the nation’s top returning scorer as she shot 14-of-18 from the field and made all 14 of her free throw attempts. Her 44-point effort is the second-most scored by any Division I player this season and is the most by any player at a Power 5 school.

McDonald also became the first Pac-12 player to score 40 in a game since Washington’s Amber Melgoza scored 40 two seasons ago.

McDonald now has three of the top five scoring performances in school history and is 20th on the Arizona all-time scoring list. She is currently the Pac-12’s leading scorer and is the nation’s sixth-leading scorer at 25.3 points per game, which is also the most of any player in a Power 5 conference.

The Wildcats (4-0) is the second team in the “others receiving votes” category in this week’s AP Top 25 poll. They next host Prairie View A&M on Wednesday at 11 a.m. as part of Kids Day festivities.

Arizona Single-Game Scoring List

Stats compiled by Arizona media relations department

PointsPointsOpponentDate
1. Aari McDonald44TexasNov. 17, 2019
2. Aari McDonald39Loyola MarymountNov. 13, 2018
    Davellyn Whyte39CaliforniaJan. 16, 2009
4. Candice Warthen36Georgia StateNov. 13, 2011
5. Aari McDonald35UCLAJan. 27, 2019

Arizona All-Time Scoring List

GamesGamesPoints
16. Yolanda Turner1111,144
17. Candice Warthen1151,128
18. Kim Conway1121,060
19. Melissa Handley1081,000
20. Aari McDonald41991

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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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