Arizona Women's Basketball

Social media reactions after a historic season for Arizona

Arizona lost a nail-biter to Stanford 54-53 Sunday afternoon in the NCAA national championship game, bringing the deepest tournament run in school history to a close.

On an afternoon in which the Cardinal were just a little too much for Adia Barnes and her team, Aari McDonald and the Wildcats can still hold their heads high after a historic season that defied all expectations.

Here are some social media reactions to the game and the Wildcats history making season:

As tip-off neared, former Wildcat player and current Maryland head coach Brenda Frese let the world know she was rooting for her alma mater in the championship game:

Tucson mayor Regina Romero made sure to let the Wildcats know that the city is behind them:

The NCAA gave McDonald, Barnes, and the Wildcats some well-earned credit in a promotional video for the national championship game:

NBA legend Magic Johnson had his Easter Sunday all planned out:

As tip-off drew closer, the Arizona Cardinals and 5-time Pro Bowl defensive end J.J. Watt let the Wildcats know that the whole state is rooting for them:

Former Arizona center Loren Woods, who played in the 2001 national championship game with the men, wanted the internet to be ready for the Wildcats in the title game:

Former Arizona football star linebacker and seven-time NFL Pro Bowler Lance Briggs let the people around him know how he felt going into the national championship game:

ESPN’s Holly Rowe spotted McDonald’s family in the stands at the Alamodome during the national championship:

In the third quarter, ESPN made note of McDonald’s double-digit scoring streak as well as her 3-point shooting in the NCAA tournament:

ESPN broadcaster and former Stanford basketball player Ros Gold-Onwude gives the Arizona defense some credit during the game:

NFL Network anchor and SiriusXM host Mike Yam loved McDonald’s attitude throughout the game:

Former Arizona softball All-American and medal winning Olympian Jennie Finch weighed in on McDonald’s greatness during the 4th quarter:

WSLAM noticed McDonald’s clutch play in the 4th quarter of the national championship:

ESPN also took notice as Aari McDonald caught fire in the 4th quarter at the Alamodome:

The Arizona women’s basketball program thanked the fans after a season for the Arizona record books:

Overtime gave McDonald respect for her NCAA tournament performance:

WNBA Chicago Sky star Candace Parker congratulated Arizona after a close national championship game:

After a historic season, former Wildcat and Barnes teammate Cha-ron Walker-Harris congratulated Arizona:

Arizona football Desert Swarm legend and three-time Super Bowl winning NFL great Tedy Bruschi congratulated the Wildcats after a historic NCAA tournament run:

Barnes was proud of what the Wildcats were able to accomplish this season:

Romero reminds the Wildcats that the city is proud of their historic NCAA tournament run:

Former Wildcat and 13-year NBA guard Damon Stoudamire, a member of the men’s 1994 Final Four team, was at peace with McDonald’s last second shot:

After a legendary tournament, McDonald was named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team:

Former Arizona guard Matt Othick was inspired by the historic tournament run for the Wildcats:

Woods congratulated the Wildcats, but doesn’t think that they were a Cinderella team in the tournament:

Arizona assistant basketball coach Jack Murphy was proud of the Wildcats historic season and McDonald’s career at Arizona:

Former Arizona guard Mustafa Shakur was proud to be a Wildcat after watching the historic tournament run by Arizona:

Former Arizona softball player, a two-time national championship winner in 2006 and 2007, and current Arizona softball assistant coach Taryne Mowatt-McKinney showed her Wildcat pride as well:

Former Arizona basketball center A.J. Bramlett praised the team after a standard setting season:

The Seattle Storm were incredibly proud of what their former player Barnes was able to accomplish this season:

Magic gave high praise to McDonald for her performance in the NCAA tournament:

Former Arizona football player and current assistant coach Brandon Sanders shared some words of support for the Wildcats:

Arizona basketball legend Sean Elliot, a member of the Arizona men’s first Final Four team in 1988, commended the Wildcats on a historic season, and is looking forward to the future of the program:

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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