Arizona Women's Basketball

Arizona Wildcats’ Aari McDonald USBWA Second-Team All-American

Arizona junior guard Aari McDonald was named a second-team All-American by the United States Basketball Writers Association on Monday.

The AP second-team Alll-American, Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Finalist, Wooden Award Finalist and Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Finalist led the Pac-12 in both scoring (20.6 points) and steals (2.3) per game this season.

Arizona Women's Basketball All-Americans

1991-92Margo ClarkBasketball TimesHonorable mention
1996-97Adia BarnesAssociated PressHonorable mention
1996-97Adia BarnesKodak/WBCAHonorable mention
1997-98Adia BarnesAssociated PressThird team
1997-98Adia BarnesWBCA/KodakHonorable mention
1997-98Adia BarnesUSBWAFirst team
1997-98Adia BarnesWomen’s Basketball JournalSecond team
1997-98Adia Barnes The Sporting NewsHonorable mention
2002-03Shawntinice PolkAssociated PressHonorable mention
2002-03Shawntinice PolkWBCA/KodakHonorable mention
2003-04Shawntinice PolkWBCA/KodakHonorable mention
2004-05Dee-Dee WheelerAssociated PressHonorable mention
2004-05Dee-Dee WheelerWBCA/KodakHonorable mention
2004-05Shawntinice PolkWBCA/KodakHonorable mention
2008-09Ify IbekweAssociated PressHonorable mention
2010-11Ify IbekweAssociated PressHonorable mention
2011-12Davellyn WhyteAssociated PressHonorable mention
2018-19Aari McDonaldAssociated PressHonorable mention
2018-19Aari McDonaldWBCAHonorable mention
2019-20Aari McDonaldAssociated PressSecond team
2019-20Aari McDonaldUSBWA Second team
2019-20Aari McDonaldWBCAFirst team

McDonald is Arizona’s first USBWA All-American since her coach, Adia Barnes, earned a first-team honor as a senior in 1998.

McDonald finished the season 10th in the country in scoring and has scored in double-figures in 66 straight games, the longest active streak in the nation which is also her entire Arizona career. She helped lead Arizona to 24 wins this season, which is tied for the second-most wins in school history while also leading the Wildcats to a fourth-place finish in the Pac-12, Arizona’s best finish since 2011.

Aari McDonald (Arizona Athletics photo)

McDonald finished the season with a 34-point performance vs. Oregon in the Pac-12 tournament semifinals, which is the most points any player scored at this year’s tournament. It is also the second time in her career she scored 34 against the Ducks in the Pac-12 tournament and is the school record for most points in a conference tournament game.

McDonald is sixth in Arizona history with 1,486 total points inher two seasons as a Wildcat. Her 596 points this season is the fourth-most points any player has scored in one season in Arizona history. She also holds that record after scoring 890 last year, the most by any Arizona player on the men’s or women’s side. In her two years at Arizona, she has averaged 22.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.5 steals per game on 45 percent shooting from the field.

FOLLOW @JAVIERJMORALES ON TWITTER! 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, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports,, 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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