WOMEN: Cats ready for biggest home weekend in years

UA has a chance to make a statement with wins over the ranked Golden Bears and Cardinal

Bear Down Sitdown: Aari McDonald

TUCSON, AZ - The Arizona Wildcats are back in McKale Center on Friday night at 7 p.m. MST to face No. 24 California.

UA (12-2, 2-1 Pac-12) is looking to start another winning streak after Utah ended their school-record 11-game winning streak on Sunday.

Aari McDonald was named to the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 on Wednesday and is the first player in school history to make the list since Shawntinice Polk (2003-04).

McDonald earned her third Pac-12 Player of the Week honor of the season on Monday after becoming the first player in school history to post back-to-back 30-point games.

The Wildcats are one of 10 teams in the nation to allow fewer than 53 points per game and are the only team in the Pac-12 to do so.

McDonald is the nation’s second-leading scorer at 25.4 points per game, which also tops the Pac-12. She is the only player in school history to score at least 15 points in the first 14 games of the season.

McDonald is the first player since Adia Barnes (97-98) to score 30 points in four games in one season.

The Golden Bears (10-3, 1-1 Pac-12) are coming off a home split in which they lost in overtime to UCLA and knocked off USC.

California has won the last five games in their series with Arizona and 23 of the last 25 dating back to the 2005-06 season.

It’s been the Kristine Anigwe show for Cal this season as she is averaging 22.1 points and 13.9 rebounds per game on 52% shooting.

You can read more about Friday night’s game over at ArizonaWildcats.com.

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