McDonald, Wildcats roar past BYU into Sweet 16

McDonald, Wildcats roar past BYU into Sweet 16
Arizona's Aari McDonald is a a second-team all-American selection by ESPN and the Associated Press. (Source: Simon Asher)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A strong second half propelled Arizona to a 52-46 win over BYU in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Wednesday, March 24.

Aari McDonald led the Wildcats with a game-high 17 points while Cate Reese added 12.

McDonald, a second-team all-American selection by ESPN and the Associated Press, also had 11 rebounds and three assists.

No. 3 Arizona (18-5) moves on to the Sweet 16, where the Wildcats will face Texas A&M, which beat Iowa State, 84-82. Tipoff will be 5 p.m. Saturday and the game will be on ESPN2.

Arizona, in the tourney for the first time in 16 years, crushed Stony Brook 79-42 in the first round. BYU upset No. 6 Rutgers 69-66 in its opener.

BYU, which ended its season at 19-5, was led by Shaylee Gonzales’ 16 points

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