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.
— FanSided (@FanSided) April 3, 2021
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.
College basketball world reacts to UConn’s loss to Arizona
How Aari McDonald did UConn season pic.twitter.com/2LY24rJUJi
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) April 3, 2021
The enthusiasm of Rebecca Lobo and Ryan Ruocco insisting that UConn needs 3's while down big in the final minute is, in a word, refreshing.
— Ken Pomeroy (@kenpomeroy) April 3, 2021
Arizona just pulled off a wire-to-wire win in the Final Four … against UConn.
Aari McDonald is the coldest. pic.twitter.com/FCtxDoBqyp
— Matt Moreno (@MattGOAZCATS) April 3, 2021
UConn fans, if you’re upset about the Christyn Williams phantom foul that knocked her out, I’d like to remind you how you got to the Final Four in the first place. pic.twitter.com/ljWNuDK3Kh
— dannydorito (@dannydorito97) April 3, 2021
— Renee Montgomery (@ReneeMontgomery) April 3, 2021
UConn on the wrong end of a questionable, potentially game altering call? Oh no. pic.twitter.com/HRtsWuUfWQ
— Mehmet Okurrrt (@Natural_OneDurr) April 3, 2021
Baylor fans seeing the refs call that foul on Christyn Williams of UConn: pic.twitter.com/kTQtWhOdv2
— Al Jefferson Stan Account (@aljeffersonstan) April 3, 2021
Have we tried unplugging UConn and plugging it back in
— UConn: It's Coming (@NoEscalators) April 3, 2021
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.