TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Cate Reese scored 21 factors and grabbed 11 rebounds, Aari McDonald added 18 factors and No. 7 Arizona opened its season with a 76-63 victory over Northern Arizona on Sunday.
McDonald, a preseason AP All-America choice, scored in double figures for a 67th straight sport, which is the nation’s longest lively streak. She made simply 6 of 17 of her pictures however completed with eight assists, seven rebounds and 6 steals.
The Wildcats struggled from lengthy vary, lacking their first seven 3-pointers earlier than McDonald knocked one down late within the third quarter. However Arizona compensated with a dominant efficiency inside, scoring 60 factors within the paint. The 6-foot-2 Reese shot 9 of 13 from the sector.
Northern Arizona (1-1) was enjoying its second sport after beating UNLV 79-75 within the opener. The Lumberjacks jumped out to a 13-8 lead halfway via the primary quarter however Arizona recovered to take an 18-15 lead by the top of the interval and didn’t path once more.
McDonald had a steal at mid-court to open the second quarter which led to a layup for her first discipline objective of sport. The 5-foot-6 senior averaged greater than 20 factors per sport final season.
Arizona led 30-24 at halftime. Northern Arizona shot simply 3 of 20 (15%) from the sector within the second quarter.
McDonald had one other steal and layup on the primary possession of the second half which helped jump-start a 31-point third quarter that led to a 61-46 benefit.
Northern Arizona was led by Jacqulynn Nakai’s 17 factors. Emily Rodabaugh added 14 factors and eight rebounds.. The Lumberjacks slowly fell behind within the second half, unable to cease Arizona from getting close-range baskets.
Arizona is attempting to construct off final 12 months’s breakout season when the Wildcats completed with a 24-7 file, together with a 12-4 mark within the Pac-12. It’s an skilled crew that returns greater than 6,000 profession factors, which leads the nation.
This was Arizona’s solely scheduled non-conference sport earlier than 22 straight video games in opposition to Pac-12 opponents.
It was a stable effort by the Lumberjacks, who needs to be one of many higher groups within the Massive Sky this season. Arizona was just a little sloppy in its opener and McDonald had a off-day taking pictures, however she’s a confirmed scorer and will bounce again shortly. Reese and others had been there to select up the slack on Sunday.
NAU begins Massive Sky Convention play with back-to-back street video games at Jap Washington on Thursday and Saturday.
Arizona begins its Pac-12 Convention schedule with a house sport in opposition to UCLA on Friday.
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