TUCSON, Arizona — Q&A with Aari McDonald:
Congratulations on winning the Ann Drysdale Award. What did that mean to you?
"It meant a lot to me just seeing the player that Ann was back in the day and just seeing that she is a trailblazer for women's basketball. It means a lot to be recognized as the best shooting guard in the nation."
How difficult was the decision to return or not to return to the Arizona Wildcat program?
"That was probably one of the hardest decisions of my life... deciding what I want to do in the future. I think that coming back to Arizona had a lot more positives and so I'm glad that I made the decision and I'm at peace with it. I'm just happy to return."
What were some of the bigger factors in that decision?
"Resting my leg and seeing who we have coming back, which is a lot of players, seeing the newcomers, and most importantly getting my masters degree."
When you look at who's returning, how excited does that make you for next season?
"We're going to be really good next year. They already have us ranked 7th but I think that we can go higher. The crazy thing is with so much time off, it's a bonus for us with the returners. We have so much time to improve on our game. I'm really excited to be back with my teammates."