Adia Barnes & Aari McDonald Earn WBCA Honors
SAN ANTONIO – Both Adia Barnes and Aari McDonald earned WBCA honors today as Barnes was named a finalist for the Coach of the Year Award and McDonald was named a Regional Finalists for the WBCA Coaches' All America Team.
Barnes led the Wildcats to a second-place finish this season, Arizona's best finish in the league since the 2003-04 season. The Wildcats won 13 conference games, the most since that very same season and finished the regular season with a record of 15-4. Earlier this season, she was named a Naismith Coach of the Year semifinalist.
McDonald finished the regular 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.
The fourth-leading scorer in Arizona history is also a finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Point Guard of the Year Award and is finalist for the Wooden Award.
She was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year and Co-Defensive Player of the Year, becoming Arizona's first Conference Player of the Year since Adia Barnes in 1998. She was also named Defensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row.
Barnes and McDonald will face BYU in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament today at 4 p.m. MST on ESPNU.
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