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Arizona is used to being doubted, and their upset over UConn will go down in the history books.
The Wildcats won handily, holding a near wire-to-wire 10-point advantage over the Connecticut Huskies, the 1-seed and heavily-favored group led by super-freshman Paige Bueckers. Arizona held UConn almost 20 full percentage points below their usual NCAA-high 54 percent shooting mark.
Aari McDonald led the way with 26 points on 7-of-17 shooting, and with the win sets up an All-Pac 12 National Title Game with Stanford. Arizona is headed to their first National Championship with the win.
While the consistently-doubted Arizona always expected to make it a game, the sports world as a whole was relatively surprised by the end result, especially the way the Wildcats won.
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Geno Auriemma and the Huskies were used to being in this position, while Arizona is the clear rookie in this situation. It’s a definitive statement for the Pac-12 and for parity in the women’s college basketball spectrum.