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McDonald and Williams selected as WBCA All-Americans

Apr 3, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO – ARIZONA’s Aari McDonald and STANFORD’s Kiana Williams have been awarded WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America honors, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced Saturday.

The Conference has now had multiple WBCA All-Americans in three consecutive seasons and five of the past six. The Pac-12’s 13 overall All-America selections since 2016 lead all leagues. McDonald and Williams are the Conference’s 41st and 42nd WBCA All-Americans all-time since the start of Pac-12 women’s basketball in 1986-87.

The Coaches’ All-America team is composed of the 10 best players in Division I regardless of position as chosen by the division’s head coaches.

McDonald and Williams have led their respective teams to the final NCAA women’s college basketball game of the 2020-21 season. In the first all-Pac-12 matchup in a final, Arizona and Stanford will play for a national championship on Sunday at 3 p.m. PT on ESPN.

It’s a fitting culmination to an incredible postseason for the Pac-12. The Conference placed two teams in the Final Four for the second time in the past five NCAA Tournaments and leads all leagues with eight Final Four berths since 2013.

The Conference’s Player of the Year, McDonald has elevated her game in the postseason and is averaging 25.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.4 steals per game in the NCAA Tournament. She poured in 31 points in the Sweet 16 and a season-high 33 in the Elite Eight to become the first player with back-to-back 30-point games in a regional semifinal and final since Arminite Herrington did so for Ole Miss in 2007. On Friday against Connecticut, McDonald poured in 26 points to go with seven rebounds and led a smothering defensive effort as Arizona led wire-to-wire in beating the Huskies, 69-59.

Tenth in Conference history in career scoring (2,292), McDonald’s 127 points in this year’s NCAA Tournament are the most in Wildcat history and the third-most among Pac-12 players over the past 22 seasons. Candice Wiggins scored 151 points in the 2008 NCAA Tournament and Nneka Ogwumike put up 134 in the 2012 event.

Williams is tied for seventh in the country with 81 made 3-pointers this season, is Stanford’s career leader in that category (310) and fourth in Pac-12 history. Also 10th in program history in scoring (1,829 points) and ninth in assists (461), the San Antonio native is one of 22 women’s college basketball players since 2000 to put together career totals of more than 1,800 points, 450 assists and 300 made 3-pointers. She is the third in the Pac-12 to do it over that span, joining Sabrina Ionescu (OREGON) and Sydney Wiese (OREGON STATE).

Williams leads Stanford with averages of 14.3 points and 3.0 assists per game this season and will make her 128th consecutive start for the Cardinal on Sunday. This year’s Pac-12 Tournament Most Outstanding Player, her 206 career points at the Conference’s postseason event rank fourth all-time, trailing only Sabrina Ionescu (250), Nneka Ogwumike (221) and Candice Wiggins (219).

OREGON STATE’s Aleah Goodman, COLORADO’s Mya Hollingshed, WASHINGTON STATE’s Charlisse Leger-Walker, and UCLA’s Michaela Onyenwere and Charisma Osborne were among 42 student-athletes who earned WBCA All-America honorable mention status.