Arizona upset of UConn shouldn’t come as a shock

SAN ANTONIO — There might have been a time when overlooking Arizona would have been understandable.

That time is no longer.

Disrespected by the NCAA and underestimated by Connecticut, Aari McDonald and the third-seeded Wildcats showcased both the high level of play and the increasing parity in the women’s game by pulling off the biggest shock of the women’s tournament Friday night. Arizona never trailed and, aside from a 20-second span with 90 seconds to go, was never really threatened in a 69-59 win over top-seeded UConn.

Yes, freshman phenom Paige Bueckers had a rare bad game, and UConn’s vaunted offense started and ended with Christyn Williams. But do not diminish Arizona by characterizing this as a UConn loss. This was an Arizona win, through and through.

“We believe in each other,” Arizona coach Adia Barnes said. “We believe in what we do.”

And everyone else better, too.

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