Information from the Arizona media relations department contributed to this report:
Aari McDonald, who is coming off leading the Wildcats to a sweep of the L.A. schools for the first time since 2005, was named Pac-12 Player of the Week and was selected to the Wooden Award Late-Season Top 20 Watch List on Monday.
Against UCLA and USC, she averaged 23.5 points, 4.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game while shooting 57 percent from the field and 92 percent from the line. On the season, she leads the Pac-12 with 20.8 points and 2.7 steals per game. She also averages 6.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.
McDonald has scored in double-figures in 58 straight games, her entire Arizona career and the longest active streak in the nation. She has moved into eighth place on the Arizona career scoring list after her 20 points against USC on Sunday. She is averaging 21.8 points per game in Pac-12 play and has scored 24 or more points in four of her last six games.[table “57” not found /]
No other player in the country averages at least 20 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.
The Fresno native has received a ton of national recognition this season, and her accolades are as follows.
· Wooden Award Late Season Top 20 (Feb. 3)
· Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Midseason Team (Jan. 23)
· Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 (Jan. 8)
· Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Watch List (Dec. 5)
· Ann Meyers Drysdale USBWA Player of the Week (Nov. 19)
· ESPNw Player of the Week (Nov. 18)
· Pac-12 Player of the Week (Nov. 18)
· Preseason Ann Meyers Drysdale Award
· Wooden Award Preseason Top 30
· Preseason Wade Trophy Watch List
McDonald and the Wildcats, who are ranked No. 12 in the country, will face a pair of top 10 teams this weekend as they travel to the Oregon schools with the third-ranked Ducks first on Friday.