UArizona, UConn face off Friday in Final Four

UArizona, UConn face off Friday in Final Four
The Arizona women's basketball team celebrates after a victory over BYU on Wednesday, March 24, that advanced the Wildcats to the Sweet 16. (Source: Arizona Athletics via Cronkite News)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - For the first time in school history, the University of Arizona women’s basketball team will play in the Final Four.

On Friday, April 2, the Wildcats will battle it out with No. 1 seed UConn. The last and only time Arizona faced UConn, the Huskies beat Adia Barnes and the Wildcats in the Sweet 16 in 1998.

After a 13-point victory over Indiana in the Elite Eight, Arizona is the first Division I team to make the Final Four after missing the previous 10-plus NCAA tournaments.

Forward Aari McDonald has been a leader in the locker room and a firecracker on the court. On Monday, she scored a season-high 33 points and is expected to continue dominating the paint.

McDonald has scored in double-figures in 91 straight games, the longest active streak in the nation.

As for Barnes, she is making history herself. She is the first coach to reach the Final Four in their first five years as a head coach since Mike Neighbors. This will also be the first time there will be two black women head coaches in the Final Four.

Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. (Arizona time) and the game will be on ESPN.

KOLD’s Bailey O’Carroll will be travel to San Antonio Thursday to cover the Wildcats’ run at basketball immortality. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook to get exclusive coverage.

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