Women's basketball: Irish celebrate an epic win

Women's basketball: Irish celebrate an epic win

The title came 17 years to the day after the Irish's only other championship in 2001.

Ogunbowale is now a major at Notre Dame, the school she also plays for.

The Irish had just three points in the second quarter, setting an NCAA Tournament record for the fewest points in a period.

In the semi-final match against UConn, Ogunbowale hit a 2-pointer with just 1 second left, crushing the hopes of Kobe Bryant, a UConn fan who was present. That set up a Notre Dame side-out with three seconds left. "That last play, there was a lot going on". She knows she has the green light and she took advantage of it. The Hall of Fame coach was noncommittal whether the team would visit the White House if invited.

"Just the attention, the media attention, people really gonna tune in, okay women's basketball was really exciting, they have some great players there", she said. The Final Four got started with two stirring overtime games - the first time that had happened.

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On Sunday, they proved their resilience once again.

Ogunbowale was named the most outstanding player in the come-from-behind victory. "I just ran to Jackie and said, 'Throw it to me, throw it to me'". But Mabrey answered with her lone triple of the game on the subsequent possession.

The title game did not disappoint. The junior from Milwaukee finished with 18 points, and point guard Marina Mabrey added 10.

"Mississippi State was a tremendous defensive team", McGraw said. We just gotta stay focused on the task at hand-break it up into 10-minute spans. Relentless, competitive, they have a swagger.

"Phenomenal for women's basketball".

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She also hit the decisive jumper on Friday in the Irish's 91-89 win against UConn. You don't coach a team to a 23-point comeback against Tennessee, a 16-point Sweet Sixteen comeback against Texas A&M and an 11-point comeback against undefeated UConn, all in the same season - never mind the two double-digit Final Four comebacks to win that first national championship 17 years prior - without an ability to make adjustments. "And at the same time, these kids right here are champions, 37-2".

"I was getting exhausted of being the bridesmaid", said McGraw "This was great for this team for what they've been through, for what they've gone through". They were talking to me all the time. "I'll wear that maybe for the rest of my career". One of them, Victoria Vivians, led Mississippi State with 21 points.

Then Ogunbowale broke through a screen near the right side of the 3-point line, and Young found her.

Standing atop the podium on center court at Nationwide Arena on Sunday, confetti everywhere around her and a trophy in front of her, Ogunbowale's wide smile disappeared for a second as she shook her head.

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