Arizona as a program hadn’t made the NCAA tournament since the 2004-05 season when Joan Bonvicini was the head coach and finished with a 20-12 record.
During the 2019-20 season coached by Adia Barnes, the Wildcats were well on their way to ending the 15-year drought until the COVID-19 pandemic forced an abrupt end to the season.
Now, Barnes with star guard Aari McDonald will finally have their chance to shine in the NCAA tournament as a No. 3 seed and will face No. 14 seed Stony Brook on Monday at 11 a.m. local time on ESPN 2.
— NCAA Women’s Basketball (@ncaawbb) March 15, 2021
Arizona throughout the season had been in contention for a No. 2 seed but in the last month, the Wildcats had a close game against last-place California and lost to rival ASU to end the regular season.
Here are McDonald and Trinity Baptiste talking about the excitement level around the program and discussing what the team has to do to get ready for The Big Dance:
Here’s Barnes talking about making the tournament for the first time in 16 years and discussing what the team needs to work on to be prepared:
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writer Troy Hutchison hails from Tucson and is a lifelong Arizona Wildcats follower. He has been involved in sports journalism over the last two years while taking communications courses at Pima Community College.