W! The Wildcats; Arizona wins WNIT championship

A record crowd of 14,644 sees UA win 2nd NIT title in program history

HIGHLIGHTS: Wildcats 56, Northwestern 42 (WNIT Championship)

TUCSON, AZ - It was a poetic end for the Arizona Wildcats’ season in Saturday’s WNIT Championship as Arizona comfortably downed Northwestern 56-42 to claim the title.

The UA victory came in front of a sold out McKale Center crowd of 14,644, which was a program record as well as the largest crowd in Pac-12 Women's Basketball history.

Fans in the stands cheered.

“This is so exciting for the U of A, and the program,” said Cindy Bakko, who also goes to many of the men’s games. “The atmosphere in here today is fantastic.”

Sophomore Aari McDonald finished with a game-high 19 points, ending her season just shy of 900 points.

As it has been all season, the Wildcats’ defense set the tone for Saturday’s win. Northwestern shot just 26.5 percent from the field for the game.

“It’s electric, it’s exciting,” said Rick Noles. “This is better than the guys games because the women are doing things the men didn’t do.”

After the game, McDonald was named WNIT MVP and Reese was named to the WNIT All-Tournament Team.

“We love it,” said Jim Craig. “It’s a feel good moment for Tucson.”

You can read more about Saturday’s championship victory over at ArizonaWildcats.com.

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