Notre Dame's buzzer-beater defeats Bulldogs to win national championship

Notre Dame's buzzer-beater defeats Bulldogs to win national championship

Mississippi State stormed back, finishing with an 11-2 run of its own to erase the Notre Dame lead. Game winning shots seem to be routine for Ogunbowale as she also hit the victor to beat UConn 91-89 on Friday.

Notre Dame and Mississippi State battled in the championship game on Sunday after Notre Dame took down undefeated CT in overtime in the Final Four. Ogunbowale also hit a game-winner in the national semifinals to beat CT. Close to the same spot on the court where she took down the Huskies, too. "Jess just kicked it to me, and I was like, 'OK, Marina, it's time. She gives 110 percent all the time, and its just really fun to watch her play", said Ava Little, Jackie's former teammate.

Arike is going to go down in Notre Dame history as being much more than just clutch.

Mississippi State's season ends with a loss in the national championship for a second straight season.

When the final buzzer sounded, a wild celebration started with the Irish faithful who were part of the sellout crowd.

Arike Ogunbowale sinks a game-winning 3-pointer for the Fighting Irish to claim the national championship against the Bulldogs.

This now marks the first title for Notre Dame and Coach Muffet McGraw since 2001 when they outran Purdue with a score of 68-66.

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This version of McGraw's squad refused to lose, and the run was even more improbable because the Irish lost four players over the season to ACL injuries.

Both Victoria Vivians and Teaira McCowan were named to the All-Final Four team. The controversial decision to not foul in the final three seconds with a foul to give could be something that haunts the Bulldogs for a long, long time.

The referees added 0.1 seconds back to the clock, but it was for naught.

Notre Dame rallied from a 30-17 halftime deficit to beat Mississippi State 61-58. They were down 40-25 early in the third quarter before finally getting on track offensively.

Ogunbowale's aggressiveness and Shepard's patience on offense keyed a 16-1 third-quarter run. She had nine points, eight rebounds and two authoritative blocks in the first half. More alarming, the Irish scored only 3 points in the second quarter against Mississippi State's relentless defense, allowing the Bulldogs to pull ahead by double figures.

The Bulldogs were runners-up to SC a year ago. Ogunbowale's title-winning shot was just Notre Dame's second made 3-pointer of the game. She had 18 points and 17 rebounds in the championship game.

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