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Arizona women’s basketball receives votes in AP Poll after big win vs. ASU

The Wildcats have won 10 straight, including a 12-point win over ASU

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After its biggest win in years, the Arizona women’s basketball team is receiving some national recognition.

The Wildcats received 15 votes in the latest AP Poll that was released Monday, placing them as the No. 30 team in the country. Arizona did not receive any votes through the first eight weeks of the season.

Arizona (11-1) used a stingy defensive effort to top Arizona State on Sunday to open Pac-12 play. The Sun Devils, who were ranked 17th, fell to 22nd. Oregon (5), Stanford (6), Oregon State (11), and Cal (18) are also ranked inside the Top 25.

Arizona has won 10 straight, which ties the longest winning streak in school history. The Wildcats rank No. 1 in the Pac-12 in scoring defense (49.2 PPG). They have been paced on both sides of the ball by sophomore point guard Aari McDonald, who is averaging 24.2 points per game, the best mark in the Pac-12 and the fourth-best mark in the entire country.

McDonald scored 24 points in the win vs. ASU, and is the first Wildcat to ever score 15 or more points in the first 12 games of a season.

Arizona will head to the Rocky Mountains this weekend to face Colorado in Boulder on Friday, Dec. 4, and then Utah on Sunday, Dec. 6 in Salt Lake City.

The Wildcats then return home to host the Bay Area schools. Arizona drew 5,006 fans to Sunday’s game vs. ASU, the largest crowd of the season.