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Another Arike Ogunbowale diversion leader leads Irish to NCAA title

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Arike Ogunbowale sinks a diversion winning 3-pointer for a Fighting Irish to explain a inhabitant championship opposite a Bulldogs.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — For a second true game, Arike Ogunbowale done a game-winning shot, this one with 0.1 seconds left, as Notre Dame kick Mississippi State 61-58 to win a inhabitant championship on Sunday.

Two days ago, Ogunbowale done a jumper with a second left in overtime to kick UConn. In a pretension diversion Sunday, she did one softened with a 3-pointer over Victoria Vivians as a time ticked nearby zero. Notre Dame scored a game’s final 8 points to win a second inhabitant championship and a initial given 2001.

Ogunbowale’s leader came after a furious method with a measure tied; both teams got steals with reduction than 20 seconds to play. The Irish’s final possession came after Marina Mabrey knocked a round divided from Mississippi State indicate ensure Morgan William during midcourt. Notre Dame’s Jackie Young grabbed a lax round and a Bulldogs’ Teaira McCowan grabbed Young. Had she not, Ogunbowale’s heroics competence have come 3 seconds progressing as she was far-reaching open underneath a basket.

That set adult a Notre Dame inbounds play after a span of timeouts and a diversion winner.

Player of a game: Ogunbowale is not usually a actor of this game, though her dual game-winning shots will go down as fable during Notre Dame. It was a severe night for a junior, who finished 6-of-21 from a margin and was 1-of-10 in a bad initial half for Notre Dame, that trailed 30-17 during a break.

Ogunbowale finished with 18 points, 16 in a second half, and her relentless pushing to a basket became a Irish’s offense in a second half. Ogunbowale’s title-winning shot was usually Notre Dame’s second done 3-pointer of a game. After starting 0-for-7 from downtown, a Irish done their final dual 3-pointers, with Mabrey attack one with 1:33 left to pull them within 58-56.

At a Final Four, all 15 of a 5-foot-8 Ogunbowale’s done margin goals were contested shots. Her dual diversion winners came over a outstretched arms of 6-foot-1 Napeheesa Collier and a 6-1 Vivians. In Notre Dame’s final dual games, Ogunbowale averaged 3.5 PPG in a initial half and 19.0 PPG in a second half/overtime.

Honorable discuss goes to Jessica Shepard. Notre Dame’s youth post actor was a best actor on a building for most of a second half and finished with 19 points, 12 of that came after halftime. She done 8-of-10 margin goals battling a 6-7 McCowan.

McCowan had a worse sharpened night than usual, going 7-of-19. But she finished with 17 points and 18 rebounds for her 29th double-double of a season. She finished a contest with a record 109 rebounds. The prior record for a singular NCAA contest was 75.

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The Irish accept a women’s NCAA inhabitant championship prize 17 years to a day after their final inhabitant title.

How it was won: Notre Dame overcame a awful initial half in that it was hold to a season-low 17 points. The Irish managed usually 3 points in a second quarter. They shot 30 percent in a initial half and had 12 turnovers. Yet they managed to stay in a game, and for a seventh time this deteriorate came behind from a double-digit necessity to win.

Ogunbowale’s aggressiveness and Shepard’s calm on offense keyed a 16-1 third-quarter run. The measure was curled 41-41 entering a final period.

Mabrey had 10 points in a game, and nothing were bigger than a 3-pointer she done with a notation and a half left. Then a brief jumper from Young tied a measure again after Mississippi State had non-stop adult a five-point lead with 1:57 left. Young, who had 32 points in a semifinal win over UConn, struggled all night and finished with six.

The lineup Vic Schaefer used mostly in a initial half, with Jazzmun Holmes and Jordan Danberry personification instead of starters Blair Schaefer and William in a backcourt, continued to do such a good pursuit defensively and stalled Mississippi State’s offense in a second half. The Bulldogs had to rest roughly exclusively on Vivians and McCowan, who total for 18 of Mississippi State’s 28 points after halftime.

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Notre Dame conduct manager Muffet McGraw says her group came out with a new faith in a second half that lead them to a quip win in a inhabitant championship game.

Stat of a game: McCowan still got her numbers, though she wasn’t scarcely as impactful in this diversion as she was in a other 5 Mississippi State contest games. When Notre Dame double-teamed her, McCowan done usually 1-of-8 shots.

Vivians led all scorers with 21 points, though took usually dual shots in a fourth quarter, creation one.

What’s Next: Notre Dame wins a second inhabitant pretension and brings behind a whole starting lineup solely Kathryn Westbeld subsequent season, and gets All-American brazen Brianna Turner, who was one of 4 Notre Dame players mislaid to ACL tears.

Mississippi State becomes a sixth group to remove back-to-back NCAA pretension games. Vic Schaefer’s 6 teams in Starkville have softened any deteriorate until losing this one. He says goodbye to Vivians, William Roshunda Johnsnon, Blair Schaefer, a winningest comparison category in propagandize history. The win noted a 800th during Notre Dame for manager Muffet McGraw.

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