- Associated Press - Thursday, December 12, 2019

TUSCON, Ariz. (AP) - Cate Reese scored 12 of her career-high 23 points in the first quarter, Aari McDonald had a double-double, and No. 18 Arizona beat Tennessee State 77-42 on Thursday night to win its school-record 10th consecutive game to open a season.

The Wildcats have won a program-record 16 straight overall - the nation’s longest active win streak - dating to last season when they won the WNIT.

McDonald scored 17 points and tied her career best with 12 rebounds.

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Reese’s layup to close the first quarter made it 17-6 and Arizona (10-0) led by double figures the rest of the way.

Jazmine Young led Tennessee State (1-7) with 12 points. The Lady Tigers have lost seven in a row.

Arizona, which went into the game ranked No. 2 in field-goal percentage defense (28.8%), limited Tennessee State to 25.9% shooting. The Lady Tigers missed seven consecutive shots to open the game and made just three of their first 20 field-goal attempts.

The Wildcats - ranked in the top 20 for the first time since 2003 - won by at least 25 points for the eighth time this season, including an 83-58 road win over then-No. 22 Texas on Nov. 17.


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