Aari McDonald and Arizona’s run at historical past fell simply quick in opposition to Stanford within the NCAA Ladies’s Match on Sunday.
Or, relatively, only a hair too far.
The three-seed Wildcats compelled a shot clock violation on 1-seed Stanford’s ultimate possession of the nationwide championship recreation, giving the upstart Wildcats — who had misplaced to the Cardinal twice beforehand this season — an opportunity to win on the ultimate possession of the sport. And there was no participant whom Arizona coach Adia Barnes needed to have the ball greater than McDonald, who had a game-high 22 factors, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.
McDonald took the inbounds cross along with her group down 54-53 and 6.1 seconds remaining on the clock. She rapidly discovered herself swarmed by 4 Stanford defenders and unable to cross the ball to her teammates. Even nonetheless, she bought a likelihood to place up a fadeaway, buzzer-beating 3-pointer:
McDonald ought to really feel no disgrace, although. She put up Most Excellent Participant numbers throughout the match: 22 factors in opposition to Stanford, 26 factors vs. UConn, 33 factors vs. Indiana and 31 factors vs. Texas A&M. The best way wherein Arizona misplaced is clearly disheartening, however McDonald appeared to take it in stride when speaking to reporters postgame:
“What I’ll keep in mind most is that this trip. We had a fantastic run on this NCAA Match,” she stated (by way of USA Right this moment’s Nancy Armour). “We completed so much that many didn’t suppose we may do.”