Aari McDonald Named Naismith Player of the Year Semifinalist
TUCSON, Ariz. – After being named Pac-12 Player of the Year, Pac-12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year and a Lieberman Award Finalist yesterday, Aari McDonald was named a semifinalist for the Naismith Player of the Year on Tuesday.
The senior finished the season leading the Pac-12 in scoring and steals per game for the third-straight season, a feat no other player in conference history has achieved. She averaged 19.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.7 steals per game during the regular season and is averaging 24.5 points and 4.5 steals over her last four games.
McDonald is Arizona's second Conference Player of the Year (Adia Barnes, 1998) and is the first player in school history to win Defensive Player of the Year twice. She is also the first player since Chiney Ogwumike to be named both Pac-12 Player and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season and is the first back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year since Ruth Hamblin.
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