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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.


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.


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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