TUCSON, Ariz. — 7,717 fans packed the McKale Center Sunday afternoon to watch the Arizona Wildcats advance past the Wyoming Cowgirls to move on to the Semi-finals of the WNIT. From the opening tip, the Cats were hitting on all cylinders, scoring the first 11 points and leading after the first quarter 19-10.
Aari McDonald got back to her scoring ways as she scored a game-high 25 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists.
The McDonald's All American Cate Reese was Arizona’s second double-figure scorer as she scored 13 points and grabbed nine boards.
Trailing 37-17, Wyoming was able to cut the lead to 10 after a 10-o run, but could never trim the Wildcat lead to single digits. With a staggering defense, the Wildcats forced the Cowgirls to shoot 31% from the field for a total of 45 points.
Arizona shot 47% from the field and owned the paint, out rebounding Wyoming 36-29 while outscoring them 38-24 in the painted area.
Arizona came out on fire in the fourth quarter, scoring a game-high 25 points on 70% shooting while holding Wyoming to 31% from the field in the fourth quarter.
Next up for the Wildcats will be the TCU Hornedfrogs on Wednesday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m. MST in McKale Center.
This is the first time since 1996 that the Wildcats have made it back to the semi-finals of the WNIT.