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Bear Down this Friday, Feb. 4 during a new chapter of “Our Stories: Made For It: The 2020-21 Arizona Wildcats,” presented by Carvana, tipping off at 9 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. MT on Pac-12 Network

Feb 3, 2022
Mike Christy / Arizona Athletics
“Our Stories: Made For It: The 2020-21 Arizona Wildcats,” presented by Carvana, debuts after No. 8 Arizona’s contest with No. 19 Oregon at 7 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. MT on Pac-12 Network.
 
SAN FRANCISCO - “Our Stories: Made For It: The 2020-21 Arizona Wildcats,” presented by Carvana, giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at the Arizona women’s basketball team, premieres this Friday, Feb. 4 at 9 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. MT, immediately following No. 8 Arizona’s contest with No. 19 Oregon, on Pac-12 Network.
 
 
The all-time leading scorer in Arizona history, head coach Adia Barnes brought a championship and family mentality on and off the court to Arizona with a vision of bringing the Wildcats back to where they belong. Pac-12 Networks turns back the clock to when Barnes was a player for the Wildcats, and to 2016 when she was hired to lead Arizona. Under Barnes’ tutelage, top talent and leadership from around the country helped the Wildcats improve each and every season with multiple top-25 wins, thrilling Pac-12 victories, and a 2019 NIT Championship crown.
 
“I'm sure people doubted me. Can she coach, can she do it, can she only recruit, and I didn’t even care, I don’t care about that stuff cause I really believe in myself and what I’m capable of doing so I knew I was going to learn,” said Barnes. “Was it perfect my first year? No, like did I make mistakes? Yes, I probably made 500 mistakes, but that's a part of it. You’re going to make mistakes when you’re new. But I knew I was going to work, I knew that I know basketball, I knew I could recruit and develop, and I knew why I chose Arizona, and I just bet on myself.”
 
All-Pac-12 honorees Aari McDonald, Cate Reese and Sam Thomas helped cement the Wildcats as a national powerhouse despite many obstacles, including the COVID-19 pandemic. Years of hard work came to fruition this past season when the Wildcats reached their first NCAA Tournament since 2005. Behind a swarming defense, Arizona registered big wins over Indiana, Texas A&M and Connecticut before ultimately clashing with top-seeded Stanford in the Wildcats’ first-ever NCAA title game appearance.
 
“It was crazy, you know, it just shows that this is the Pac-12, the Conference of Champions,” said Bendu Yeaney. “I know a lot of people don’t really think about West Coast basketball that much, and just to be able to represent the Pac-12 in the national championship was unbelievable.”
 
The final against Stanford was one for the ages, with both teams battling back-and-forth for all 40 minutes, and the outcome decided in the final seconds as a highly contested shot from McDonald bounced off the side of the rim at the buzzer, giving Stanford its first NCAA crown in 29 years. Barnes became the fourth Black woman to lead her team to the championship game, joining Carolyn Peck, Dawn Staley and C. Vivian Stringer, and the fourth coach to lead their alma mater to the NCAA championship.
 
The team may look slightly different now, however the goals remain the same as Barnes continues to raise the bar with the help of the legacy McDonald, and many other talented players who donned the red and blue, left.
 
“For recruits that are looking to play under Adia at Arizona, you’ll definitely have freedom,” said McDonald. “You’re going to have a coach that genuinely cares about you on and off the court. You’ll have a community, you’ll have fans behind you that really love you and support you win or loss, and you get to be who you want to be. You might have personal goals, and I think coach Barnes will help you achieve them like she helped me.”
 
Fans can enjoy exclusive interviews with Barnes, McDonald, Reese, Thomas, and Pac-12 Networks’ talent including Joan Bonvicini, Mary Murphy and Ann Schatz. Prior to “Our Stories: Made For It: The 2020-21 Arizona Wildcats,” presented by Carvana, eighth-ranked Arizona hosts No. 19 Oregon as the Wildcats look to remain perfect at the McKale Center on the season, with tip-off slated for 7 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. MT on Pac-12 Network.
 
HOW TO WATCH (all broadcasts also available in HD via the Pac-12 now app)
 
  • Friday, February 4
    • Women’s basketball: No. 19 Oregon at No. 8 Arizona
      • 7 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. MT on Pac-12 Network and the Pac-12 Now app
    • Our Stories: Made For It: The 2020-21 Arizona Wildcats, presented by Carvana
      • Immediately following the No. 19 Oregon at No. 8 Arizona contest at approximately 9 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. MT on Pac-12 Network and the Pac-12 Now app
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