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Arizona Back in McKale to Face USC on Friday Night

(TUCSON, AZ)  After facing a trio of top-10 teams, the Arizona Wildcats (13-5, 3-4 Pac-12) will be back in McKale Center on Friday night to face the USC Trojans (11-6, 1-5 Pac-12) at 7 p.m. MST on the Pac-12 Networks.

FROM THE TIP

After facing four-straight top-25 teams, including three-straight top-10 opponents, the Wildcats are back home against a non-ranked foe in USC on Friday night. Arizona is looking to break their first three-game losing streak of the season.

Aari McDonald was named to the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 on Jan. 9 and is the first player in school history to make the list since Shawntinice Polk (2003-04).

McDonald, the nation’s third-leading scorer, and has scored at least 15 points in all 18 games this season, making her the first Wildcat to do so.

Cate Reese was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the second time this season on Monday. Reese is the first player in school history to win one, let alone two Pac-12 Freshman of the Week awards.

McDonald is the first player since Adia Barnes (97-98) to score 30 points in five games in one season.

 Last Five vs. USC

2/11/18: at USC 78, Arizona 52

2/26/17: at Arizona 67, USC 62

1/27/17: at USC 58, Arizona 54

2/28/16: Arizona 63, at USC 56

2/5/16: USC 67, at Arizona 57

 Scouting the Trojans

USC broke their five-game losing streak on Sunday after taking down rival UCLA on the road and are now 1-5 in conference play. The Trojans have three double-figure scorers in Minyon Moore (14.6 ppg), Aliyah Mazyck (13.5 ppg) and Mariya Moore (12.7 ppg). Minyon Moore is also fourth in the Pac-12 in assists per game as she averages 6.1 helpers per game and is third in the Pac-12 with 2.4 steals per game.

Courtesy of Arizona Communication Services

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