Arizona Women's Basketball

Social media reactions of Arizona in its first national championship

Extending the deepest NCAA tournament run in school history, Arizona beat UConn 69-59 Friday night to advance to the national championship game.  

On a night in which Aari McDonald was virtually unstoppable, Adia Barnes and the defensively driven Wildcats shocked the world.

Here are some social media reactions to the extraordinary achievement:

Mayor of Tucson Regina Romero wished the Wildcats luck before the game:

Arizona president Robert C. Robbins was ready for Arizona’s final four match-up with UConn all day:

ESPN giving McDonald some well earned respect in the second quarter:

The NCAA is showing Arizona highlight reels now, as McDonald takes over in the second quarter:

Former Arizona forward Brandon Ashley has a new all-time favorite Wildcat:

Former Arizona standout Lisa Griffith, a member of the 1997-98 Sweet 16 team, is loving McDonald’s first half performance:

ESPN giving McDonald some more love as she poses in the second quarter:

Arizona Cardinals 5-time Pro Bowl defensive end J.J. Watt was in awe of McDonald’s first half performance in the Final Four:

Legendary coach Joan Bonvicini watched the game with some special friends:

Former Arizona softball player Ashleigh Hughes is impressed by McDonald’s Final Four performance:

Pac-12 Network host Ashley Adamson is impressed by McDonald’s game as well:

ESPN shares how UConn fans may have felt at halftime:

Arizona football legend and three-time Super Bowl winning NFL great Tedy Bruschi sees some similarity in Arizona’s stifling defense and his Desert Swarm days:

SLAM magazine recognizes the show McDonald put on against UConn:

CBS college basketball columnist Gary Parrish recognizes the significance of Arizona’s performance with 4:23 to go in the 4th quarter:

Bleacher Report is impressed with Arizona’s performance in such a big game:

Former Wildcat and NBA veteran Channing Frye was feeling nervous waiting for the Wildcats to seal the deal against UConn:

Former Washigton guard and two-time NBA All Star Isaiah Thomas was impressed by McDonald too:

Arizona football Jedd Fisch is amazed at Arizona making it to the national championship game:

Tucson Mayor Romero is claiming a new Tucson holiday:

For Arizona basketball legend Damon Stoudamire the game was never in doubt:

ESPN shows the Wildcats celebrating beating UConn to make it to their first national championship game in school history:

The Seattle Storm thinks Arizona will be in the NCAA promo video for the national championship game:

The Phoenix Mercury congratulate the Wildcats after the historic victory:

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez congratulates the Wildcats on making it to the national championship game:

Magic Johnson congratulates Arizona for the second time. Once for making to the Final Four, and now this:

Pac-12 analyst Matt Muehlebach, a member of the Arizona men’s first Final Four team in 1988, is proud of the Wildcats:

SportsCenter tweets their reaction to the game and McDonald’s and Barnes’ postgame interview:

Former Arizona basketball and football player Kelvin Eafon is overjoyed with the Wildcats stunning victory:

Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus promises a police escort from the Tucson airport when the Wildcats return home:

Arizona basketball legend Sean Elliot, a member of the Arizona men’s first Final Four team in 1988, congratulates the Wildcats and reminds the team how close they are to national championship:

Barnes’ former Seattle Storm teammate and UConn basketball great Sue Bird is happy for the Wildcats historic run:

The New York Times is covering Arizona’s stunning victory against UConn to advance to the national championship game:

The Washington Post has their take on the Wildcats historic victory as well:

The Arizona baseball team couldn’t be happier for the Wildcats making it to the championship game:

CBS Sports basketball analyst Seth Davis acknowledges McDonald’s legendary status after her performance:

Former Arizona basketball center A.J. Bramlett loves Arizona’s toughness:

Arizona football legend Chuck Cecil is proud of Barnes and the Wildcats and is looking forward to the championship game:

ESPN basketball analyst LaChina Robinson is amazed by Barnes’ ability to get the Wildcats to the championship game while simultaneously being a great mother:

The Arizona Wildcats amazing NCAA tournament run has Bruschi excited:

Former Arizona football star linebacker and 7-time NFL Pro Bowler Lance Briggs celebrated the moment for the Wildcats:

The Arizona volleyball team was overjoyed about the Wildcats making it to the national championship game:

USA Today’s Nancy Armour reminds UConn and the country to never overlook the Wildcats:

Even Billie Jean King, the 39 Grand Slam winning professional tennis legend, congratulated the Wildcats on advancing to the national championship game:

Former Arizona guard Rawle Alkins reacts to the Wildcats making it all the way to the championship game:

Former Arizona guard and current Dallas Maverick Josh Green is thrilled for the Wildcats:

FOLLOW @KEVINMURFEE ON TWITTER! writing intern Kevin Murphy was born and raised in Tucson, and has followed Arizona Wildcats athletics since childhood.  He is currently attending Pima Community College where he writes for the Aztec Press. Next semester he will be attending the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU where he will work towards a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Media Studies.

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