Arizona Women's Basketball

Aari McDonald closing in on 2,000 career points at Arizona

Aari McDonald’s 33 points against Indiana in Monday’s 66-53 Elite Eight win at San Antonio puts her very close to becoming only the third Arizona player to reach 2,000 career points with the Wildcats.

McDonald, who had a combined 64 points in the last two victories over Texas A&M and Indiana, is now at 1,993 points in her 91-game Arizona career.

Her coach Adia Barnes (2,237 points from 1994-98) and Ify Ibekwe (2,059 from 2009-13) are the only two players in Arizona history to reach 2,000 career points in a Wildcat career.

Arizona Career Scoring Leaders

1.Adia Barnes1994-981212,237
2.Davellyn Whyte2009-131262,059
3.Aari McDonald2018-21922,019
4.Dee-Dee Wheeler2001-051241,966
5.Ify Ibekwe2007-111161,653

McDonald, who started her career at Washington in 2016-17, has 2,266 points overall in her career. That ranks 12th in Pac-12 history.

In the game against Indiana, she moved past Barnes in the Pac-12 career scoring list and USC’s Tina Thompson (2,248 points from 1993-97) to No. 12 on the list.

Borislava Hristova of Washington State is at No. 11 with 2,269 points from 2016-20 and Washington’s Jazmine Davis is No. 10 with 2,277 points from 2011-15.

The record is Kelsey Plum’s 3,257 points with Washington from 2013-17.

Arizona Career Blocked Shot Leaders

1.Shawntinice Polk2003-0594222
2.Sam Thomas2017-20123167
3.Ify Ibekwe2008-10116166
4.LaBrittney Jones2013-17114161
5.Elizabeth Pickney1999-2002121147
6.Marte Alexander1995-98109121
7.Dana Patterson1985-8811291
8.Anne McFadden1979-8210287
9.Margo Clark1991-948468
10.Erica Barnes2011-1411254

McDonald has also scored in double figures in 91 straight games, encompassing her entire Arizona career from 2018 to now.

Sam Thomas made history as well against Indiana with her one blocked shot giving her 167 for her career, passing Ify Ibekwe to be alone at No. 2 on Arizona’s career list. Ibekwe had 166 blocked shots from 2008-10.

Arizona’s Aari McDonald is only seven points shy of reaching 2,000 points at Arizona (Arizona Athletics photo_

The late Shawntinice Polk holds the record with 222 blocked shots from 2003-05.

Thomas and McDonald will have the opportunity to build on these career totals when Arizona next faces UConn on Friday night in the Final Four at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

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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