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McDonald scores 19, No. 20 Arizona women beat Monmouth 86-34

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Aari McDonald scored 19 points, Cate Reese had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 20 Arizona used a 27-3 second quarter to beat Monmouth 86-34 on Monday night for its eighth straight win.

Arizona led by just four points at the end of the first quarter until opening the second on an 8-0 run for a double-digit lead. The Wildcats extended it to 41-13 by halftime after scoring the final 19 points. Monmouth was 1 of 11 from the field in the frame and finished 12 of 52 for 23.5%.

The Wildcats entered ranked second in the nation in scoring defense at 45.6 points per game.

Adriana Zelaya and Semaj Smith each scored 15 points for Arizona. McDonald, who ranks ninth in the nation with 21.3 points, scored 10 points in 11 first-half minutes and nine points in the fourth quarter.

Akilah Jennings scored 10 points for Monmouth (1-5). Jen Louro, who scored a career-high 24 points in Monmouth’s lone win against Purdue-Fort Wayne last Saturday, was held to three points on 1-of-8 shooting against Arizona.

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The Associated Press

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