OT survivors: Bulldogs, Irish meet for women's title

But Ogunbowale didn't miss.

Both Victoria Vivians and Teaira McCowan were named to the All-Final Four team. Notre Dame kept fighting, trying to go blow for blow with the Huskies and eventually regaining the lead.

It wasn't that the Irish (35-3, 15-1 ACC) weren't seeing the ball. Ogunbowale shot 1 of 10 for first half.

A few more interesting tidbits: Muffet McGraw earned her 800th win at Notre Dame and the Fighting Irish had more players tear their ACLs this season (four) than losses (three). "It hurts, but Notre Dame just made one more play".

The Irish are playing with just seven scholarship players because of injuries.

"It's fantastic that it's been a 17 year drought and I'm just glad we could bring it back for all of the alums between us, this is for them", said Ogunbowale".

"I work for this in practice", Ogunbowale said. Fifth-year senior Kristina Nelson's 11 minutes were all the Irish had off the bench versus UConn - and her two taken charges in the fourth quarter were huge in Notre Dame's victory. Ogunbowale gave away a foul on a fast break with a reckless attempt to win the ball back. When the Irish have four or more players scoring in double figures, they're (27-0) this season. But they aren't as familiar with this year's opponent as they were last season, when the Bulldogs lost to the South Carolina Gamecocks.

So he's changed his philosophy the second time around and will be taking it a bit easier on his team. ND is a tremendous offensive team, averaging over 85 points per game but keeping the Irish off the boards is paramount.

"We didn't get two stops when we needed to get a stop, and they obviously executed on offense and got two good buckets, and the game was tied", Blair Schaefer, a senior guard from Starkville said.

This is Notre Dame's second national championship and first since 2001.

"I was definitely looking to make it", Mabrey said of the shot. We never even talked about where we could be or what we should be thinking. We got deep in the shot clock, which is uncommon for us a lot. At the end of the day, he can't go play for us, so I feel like people need to know it wasn't his fault. I think she trapped down or something. And I think it was similar - any time you beat CT, because of the dominance of their program, it's just such an emotional win. "You can always do more, and I felt that last play determined the game".

For the 2nd straight season, Mississippi State women's basketball saw confetti fall in a national title game for all the heartbreaking reasons.

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

But more than relying on experience to mentally prepare, Mississippi State (37-1) is tapping into their desire for redemption. "We've got to try to keep her off". And, again, you give her credit. "We just kept focusing them on the future".

"You've got to try to get a body on her, but she's just so darn big that you can't outjump her", McGraw said.

"Mississippi State was a tremendous defensive team", McGraw said. We started the game with five.

  • Julie Sanders