McDonald, UW's starting point guard two years ago, ranks second in the nation in scoring at 25.3 points per game.

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UW women vs. Arizona

Time: 7 p.m. Thursday, Alaska Airlines Arena
TV/radio: None/KKNW 1150 AM
Records: Huskies: 8-15, 1-10 Pac-12; Arizona: 14-7, 4-6.

Projected starting lineups:

WASHINGTON
Player Ht … Yr … PPG … RPG … APG
G Jenna Moser … 5-6 … Sr. … 5.7 ….. 2.7 …… 1.7
G Missy Peterson … 5-11 … So. … 9.0 … 3.7 …… 2.2
G Amber Melgoza … 5-10 … Jr. … 17.9 … 4.5 …… 2.9
F Mai-Loni Henson … 6-1 … Jr. … 4.7 … 3.8 …… 1.9
F Darcy Rees … 6-4 … Sr. … 6.7 …. 3.7 …… 0.5

ARIZONA
Player Ht. … Yr. … PPG … RPG … APG
G Aari McDonald … 5-7 … So. … 25.3 … 6.5 … 3.8
G Lucia Alonso … 5-7 … Jr. … 5.9 … 1.5 … 2.6
F Sam Thomas … 6-0…. So. … 8.8 … 3.6 … 1.2
F Cate Reese … 6-2 … Fr. … 11.9 … 7.5 … 1.0 steals
F Dominique McBryde … 6-2 … Jr. … 6.5 … 4.9 … 1.3

Scouting report: The Huskies have lost seven in a row. … Arizona has lost five of six and is 3-4 on the road this season. … Thursday’s game marks the return of former Husky point guard Aari McDonald. As the Huskies’ freshman starting point guard two years ago, McDonald shared a backcourt with Kelsey Plum and helped Washington reach the Sweet 16. Following coach Mike Neighbors’ departure for Arkansas, McDonald transferred to Arizona, where she reunited with former UW assistant Adia Barnes, who is now in her third season as the head coach at her alma mater. After sitting out last season under NCAA transfer rules, McDonald has emerged as one of the nation’s premier players this season. The 5-foot-7 redshirt sophomore ranks second in the NCAA in scoring at 25.3 points per game while shooting .459 from the field. McDonald had 35 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and four steals in a triple-overtime loss to UCLA last week. … “She wasn’t (in Seattle) a long time and she was there with a different staff,” Barnes told reporters in Tucson this week. “I don’t think there are any sentimental ties, but she has friends there and she did play there and has fond memories with a top team. When Aari was there, it was a Sweet 16 team. I think those are emotions as a young kid, but I don’t think she really feels any pressure or stress for it. It’s just another game and Aari doesn’t get rattled too easily.”