NCAA Tournament Results: defeated Stony Brook, 79-44; BYU, 52-46; Texas A&M, 74-59; Indiana, 66-53; Connecticut, 69-59
Final four: Coach Adia Barnes and Wildcats continued to reach new heights after demolishing the multi-year Connecticut power plant to bring their first national championship appearance in the program’s history.
Outlook: Arizona is a defensive team first and watching them from this side of the ball is like poetry on the move. The Wildcats̵
When traps fail, Wildcats do a great job of spinning and keeping their head spinning. Against the Huskies – a team that thrives on movement and shrinks to the basket – the prolonged pressure and defensive rotations in Arizona forced Connecticut to catch the ball in awkward positions, which led to a shooting performance of 35.7%.
In insult, the Wildcats are reminiscent of the singing group Destiny’s Child. While Arizona’s supporting squad plays an integral role, the team’s success depends solely on the performance of its version of Beyoncé, Aari McDonald.
In the five tournament games, MacDonald averaged 25.4 points and 6.8 rebounds. If MacDonald continues to play at a high level against Stanford, the recipe for the other Wildcats is simple. They just have to fire enough shots to keep the defense fair. But if she struggles, things will go astray.
Quoted: “We shoot better with the ball, we defend better, we play better basketball than when we played them.” “Barnes about whether the third time will be the charm against Stanford.”