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Arizona Wildcats women's basketball team wins WNIT, sets new Pac-12 attendance record

14,644 watched UA beat Northwestern
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Posted at 1:58 PM, Apr 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-06 17:48:31-04

Tucson went all-in on the Arizona Wildcats women's basketball team -- and the Old Pueblo was rewarded with a postseason tournament championship.

The Arizona Wildcats women's basketball team completed its six-game gauntlet by beating Northwestern in the championship game of the WNIT on Saturday at McKale Center in Tucson. UA won the game in front of a sellout crowd of 14,644, a new record for any women's basketball game in the history of the Pac-12 Conference.

The Wildcats played all six WNIT games at home. Thanks in part to a social media blitz from UA star-turned-head coach Adia Barnes, the team generated more fan support at each game, from about 3,000 fans in the first round, to a program record of over 10,000 in the semifinal matchup, and a conference record Saturday.

Sophomore star Aari McDonald, a 2019 All-American Honorable Mention, led the way with 19 points and seven rebounds for the Wildcats, who won 24 games this season after winning just six games a season earlier.

McDonald was named the WNIT Most Valuable Player.