Notre Dame Wins Women's Basketball National Championship

Notre Dame Wins Women's Basketball National Championship

This was a Notre Dame team who refused to roll over, one of the toughest teams we have had the opportunity to witness and they would will their way to the end.

Arike Ogunbowale's game-winner for Notre Dame is the moment that will live on in highlight reels from tonight's national title game.

It was on 78th St.in Milwaukee, in February of 1997 when Bob and Cynthia Stone brought home their baby boy, Diamond.

It was her first since Azubuike left to play basketball in the US after his secondary school education. It was here that the legacies of Stone and Ogunbowale were made. "When I shot it, I was kind of at a good angle to basket, but once I started falling, I was a little off". So many years we've had a great semifinal game and the final was a disappointment.

Notre Dame wasn't going to go away. I loved soccer. I played it until my sophomore year [of high school]. They just toughened me up.

Since her clutch displays over the weekend, Ogunbowale's name has been everywhere.

Ogunbowale's big shot was her second in as many games.

"So I said at halftime, 'Everybody stay in their spots". Both are ranked as two of the best players in the country. She became a national star this season, ranking in the top 20 in scoring with almost 21 points a game and earning first-team all-ACC and second-team all-American honors.

"That's probably the top accomplishment".

"I was definitely looking to make it", Mabrey said of the shot.

"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". This is a high-character classy group of seniors. Each won state championships. Assists-Notre Dame 8 (Shepard 2), Mississippi St. 9 (Danberry 3). Diamond chose to play for Maryland. "I know that she'll be successful with whatever she does because of that incredible work ethic and that ability to focus is so valuable no matter what you do", Bartel said. "I think that was the most success that we had against their pressure because it was really great pressure".

"Playing in Chicago at the United Center, you know, my family and friends are here, you know?" The Big Unit shut down the Yankees in Game 6 of the World Series, then came back to throw the final inning and a third in Game 7.

Along with hitting the game-winning shot Ogunbowale was also named the tournament's most outstanding player. She doesn't carry missed shots and mistakes around with her, McGraw said.

"I'm happy that she's succeeding in basketball".

"We didn't get stops when we needed to get a stop", Blair Schaefer said.

"We would say add another one a lot".

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish erased a 15-point third quarter deficit to defeat Mississippi State 61-58 in the 2018 women's basketball national title game.

On Friday night, Ogunbowale and her Fighting Irish teammates were tied in overtime with unbeaten UConn.

In fact, this year's Final Four doesn't have much competition for "best ever" in terms of quality and closeness of all three games if you go back through the history of the women's NCAA tournament, which began in 1982. A couple of Mississippi State players had already headed for the locker room, while Notre Dame players celebrated.

It put the clamp down on Notre Dame's offense and held them to a Final Four record three points in the second quarter.

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