No. Three seed Arizona got here out on high after a tightly fought sport, beating No. 11 seed Brigham Young University, 52-46. Neither workforce ever led by greater than 6 as the 2 grappled. It was the Wildcats who earned their program’s second Sweet 16 berth, and their first since head coach Adia Barnes was Arizona’s star participant in 1998.
“All or nothing, just do it or die,” Arizona senior Aari McDonald stated in a tv interview after the sport. She completed with 17 factors and 11 rebounds. “I definitely didn’t want to go home, so I had to just suck it up and leave it all on the court.”
McDonald hit her first 3-point shot in the center of the fourth quarter. Brigham Young adopted with a shot clock violation after which the Wildcats took again the lead.
“We know that defense starts our offense, and I’m the catalyst,” McDonald stated. “Second half, I took pride in my defense and we got the job done.”
Trinity Baptiste fouled out in the ultimate minute after racking up 11 rebounds and after making a doubtlessly game-saving play by tipping one in every of McDonald’s misses again out to the usually sharpshooting guard. McDonald was then in a position to make a driving layup that successfully sealed the sport.
After the Wildcats shot some free throws, the Cougars had one final likelihood — a likelihood that McDonald generated with a steal with 9 seconds left earlier than hitting yet another layup on her approach to her first Sweet 16.