Arizona Women's Basketball

Arizona Wildcats Achieve Best Start in 20 Years

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

Arizona won its sixth straight game to start the season, beating Montana 77-42 on the road at Missoula, Mont. Four Wildcats finished in double-figures led by Aari McDonald with 19 points.

The Wildcats matched the longest winning streak to start a season since 1999-2000. That team started with a 9-0 record en route to a 25-7 season and an NCAA tournament berth. They advanced to the second round before losing at No. 1 seed Tennessee.

Sam Thomas, who scored 12 points, drives against Montana (Arizona Athletics photo)

Montana shot only 24.5 percent from the field Sunday while Arizona outrebounded the Lady Griz 46-27. The Wildcats took advantage outscored Montana 42-16 in the paint and shot 52 percent from the field.

Arizona, ranked No. 24 in the Coaches Poll and unranked in the AP Top 25 poll, got out to a 14-0 lead and never led by less than 12 points the rest of the way.

McDonald, Helena Puevo (14), Cate Reese (13) and Sam Thomas (12) were Arizona’s four double-figure scorers. Pueyo’s 14 points is a new career-high for the freshman.

Six Wildcats grabbed at least five rebounds with Reese bringing down a game-high eight.

McDonald also tallied seven rebounds and two steals.

Arizona next plays at home Friday, against UC Riverside at 4 p.m.

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