Skip to main content

Aari McDonald Named a Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Finalist

Mar 22, 2021

Arizona vs. Stony Brook

SAN ANTONIO – All-American guard and two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year Aari McDonald was named one of the four finalists for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Award on Monday morning for the second year in a row.
For the third season in a row, McDonald led the Pac-12 in steals per game averaging 2.7 per game. In each of her last seven games, McDonald has had at least three steals and had a season-high six at Arizona State in the last game of the regular season.
Her defense isn't limited to her steals, as she routinely picks up the opposing team's point guard full court for 35+ minutes per game, causing havoc on the defensive end. This is the second-straight season McDonald has been named a finalist for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Award.
McDonald and the Wildcats will play in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament later today as they take on 14-seed Stony Brook at 11 a.m. MST at the Alamodome on ESPN2.
Fans can keep up with the latest in Arizona women's basketball by following us on Facebook (, Twitter (@ArizonaWBB) and Instagram (@arizonawbasketball).