Josh Carter | Posted: 23 Mar 2021 | Updated: 29 Sep 2021

Cougars face Arizona in NCAA Second Round

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SAN ANTONIO — Fresh off its 69-66 upset over No. 6 seed Rutgers Monday, No. 11 seed BYU women’s basketball takes on No. 3 seed Arizona on Wednesday, March 24, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m. CDT and the contest will be broadcast live on ESPNU. Radio broadcasts will be available on BYU Radio 107.9 FM, and the BYU Cougars App.

BYU vs. Arizona Game Notes

Arizona Game Notes

NCAA Tournament Digital Program

ABOUT NO. 11 BYU (19-5, 13-3)

  • The Cougars upset No. 6 seed Rutgers 69-66 in the NCAA Tournament First Round on Monday, fueled by a team-high 28 points from Paisley Johnson Harding
  • BYU is now 7-13 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, including 7-9 under head coach Jeff Judkins. The Cougars are 2-2 in the NCAA Second Round, having advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2002 and 2014
  • 2020-21 West Coast Conference Co-Player of the Year Shaylee Gonzales finished the season as the WCC’s second-leading scorer and leads the team in points (17.9 ppg), assists (3.8 apg) and steals (2.5 spg)
  • Following Gonzales, fellow 2020-21 All-WCC First Team members Harding (14.6 ppg) and Lauren Gustin (11.5 ppg) round out BYU’s top three scorers
  • Gustin ranks sixth in the nation in rebounds per game (12.7 rpg) and has totaled 15 double-doubles on the season, good for 11th in the country. She was named AP All-America Honorable Mention last week
  • Sara Hamson, a 2020-21 All-WCC Honorable Mention, led the WCC in blocks per game (2.6) and ranks 19th nationally in the category
  • Fellow 2020-21 All-WCC Honorable Mention Tegan Graham is averaging 8.1 points per game off the bench
  • Judkins, the 2020-21 WCC Coach of the Year, has a 430-199 record in 20 seasons as head coach at BYU. Judkins played in the NBA from 1978-1983 and was an assistant under Rick Majerus at the University of Utah from 1989-1999 before taking over the Cougar program in 2001
  • As a team, BYU ranks 19th nationally in assists per game (16.5 apg) and 22nd in field-goal percentage defense (.359)

ABOUT NO. 3 ARIZONA (17-5, 13-4)

  • Arizona earned an at-large bid to this year’s NCAA Tournament after finishing the Pac-12 regular standings in second place, behind No. 2 ranked Stanford. The Wildcats defeated No. 14 seed Stony Brook 79-44 in the NCAA First Round Monday
  • This is Arizona’s eighth NCAA Tournament appearance. The Wildcats’ deepest tournament run came in 1998, when they advanced to the Sweet 16
  • Senior guard Aari McDonald (19.4 ppg) and junior forward Cate Reese (11.5 ppg) pace Arizona in scoring
  • McDonald, who was named an AP All-America Second Team member last week, also leads the Wildcats in assists (4.5 apg) and steals (2.7 spg)
  • In rebounds, senior forward Trinity Baptiste leads the team with 5.7 per game
  • Adia Barnes, in her fifth season as the Wildcats’ head coach, has accumulated an 85-65 record with the program
  • As a team, Arizona ranks 16th nationally in scoring defense (55.5) and 19th in steals per game (10.8)


  • BYU holds an 8-5 all-time series lead over Arizona, dating back to the 1972-73 season
  • The Cougars are 1-1 against the Wildcats at neutral sites
  • BYU has won three contests in a row against Arizona, most recently defeating the Wildcats 64-56 in Provo in November 2013


  • TV Talent: Tiffany Greene (play-by-play), Steffi Sorensen (analyst)
  • Radio: BYU Radio 107.9 FM
  • Streamed Audio: BYU Cougars App,
  • Radio Talent: Jason Shepherd (play-by-play), Kristen Kozlowski (analyst)
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