Notre Dame wins national championship

Notre Dame wins national championship

McGraw said ahead of Sunday's championship game against Mississippi State.

It's a shot that didn't seem possible given Ogunbowale pulled the same act two nights earlier from the opposite end of the court with one second left in overtime to beat undefeated UConn 91-89 on Friday. Both have knocked off previously undefeated UConn in the Final Four round, with Mississippi State winning in overtime previous year and the Irish following with their own overtime victory on Friday.

After Ogunbowale first claimed to be channeling the "Mamba mentality", following her game-winner Friday against the Huskies, Bryant replied on Twitter that his was a pro-Connecticut family but that "we love seeing great players making great plays". And Ogunbowale accepted her most outstanding player award and headed back to the locker room, where she could watch replays of her shot landing, just as she knew it would.

The Irish did it by coming back to win from the largest deficit in NCAA title game history. "You're up five with 1:40 [left], it's my job to get them home, and I didn't get them home", he said.

Arike is going to go down in Notre Dame history as being much more than just clutch. The Irish had won their second national title, first since Ruth Riley's squad in 2001.

The story line surrounding Notre Dame (34-3) has been its resilience in advancing to the title game despite having four players suffer torn anterior cruciate ligaments, reducing their roster to seven scholarship players. Arike Ogunbowale hit a 3-pointer with a tenth of a second left to give Notre Dame its first women's national championship since 2001. Mabrey with a three-pointer for the Irish, and Jackie Young tied the game with 44.7 second remaining. McCowan missed the potential game-winning layup with 27.8 to go, then after two steals gave the Irish the ball, had the presence of mind to foul out and stop the clock.

Vivians led the Bulldogs with 21 points in her final collegiate game.

After trailing 30-17 at halftime, the Irish finished the quarter with a 17-1 run and knotted the game at 41.

The momentum flipped in the Irish's favor with a 16-1 run in the third quarter.

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The Notre Dame-Mississippi State basketball game can be seen online on WatchESPN.

Notre Dame crushed Mississippi State's hope of winning a championship Sunday. She had nine points, eight rebounds and two authoritative blocks in the first half. Mississippi State seemed impenetrable.

Both teams are No. 1 seeds in this year's NCAA Tournament.

"The only thing worse than playing CT is playing the team that beat them", he said.

Arike Ogunbowale did it again. "Last year we got to the national championship game, but I really feel like we left something out there".

Schaefer and Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw have met for a national championship once before, but that was back in 2011. Victoria Vivians and Teaira McCowan combined for 46 points to pace the Bulldogs.

"This team is relentlessly driven", said Jessica Shepard, who scored 19 points to lead the Irish. The game will be played at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Ogunbowale was also the leading scorer for the Fighting Irish, with 18 points.

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