Adia Barnes challenged Arizona fans to crack the 7,000 attendance mark for Sunday’s Elite Eight game against Wyoming.
They answered the call — and then some.
The Wildcats drew 7,717 fans to McKale Center, their largest crowd since 2016. When that figure was announced over the loudspeaker during the third quarter, UA players smiled and freshman forward Cate Reese mouthed to her teammates “that’s a lot.”
Arizona went on to beat the Cowgirls 67-45, using the crowd’s energy to race to an 11-0 start.
The Wildcats will host TCU in the Final Four on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. MST, giving UA fans another chance to rally behind the women’s team as it continues its postseason run.
More and more have been flocking to McKale Center since the start of the WNIT. Here are the figures from each game:
- Game 1 vs. Idaho State: 3,265
- Game 2 vs. Pacific : 3,524
- Game 3 vs. Idaho: 6,307
- Game 4 vs. Wyoming: 7,717