Notre Dame Wins Women's Basketball Title on Buzzer Beater

"We couldn't get rebounds, we couldn't get stops, and their defense was stifling", said Mabrey, the point guard who had seven of her nine turnovers in the first half. Last night she fulfilled every hoopster's dream by hitting another game winning three pointer - this time with.1 second left.

It didn't matter in the end as Notre Dame found a way to rally, just as they had done all season. "I had to learn to just take it a little easier, let some of the other guys do their thing, they're great players and I was just trying to do too much myself".

"The integrity and character of this group is something I have not seen", Mississippi State women's head coach Vic Schaefer said. And I didn't get them home today. I'm proud of their fight.

My goodness. Notre Dame's Arike Ogumbowale is CLUTCH. Easily, she was named the tournament's most outstanding player.

How it was won: Notre Dame overcame a awful first half in which it was held to a season-low 17 points. They got 44 points in the second half, however which proved to be the difference.

Vivians scored 21 points to lead Mississippi State (37-2), which lost in the championship game for the second consecutive year. But she finished with 17 points and 18 rebounds for her 29th double-double of the season.

The second quarter was all MSU.

Ogunbowale's off-balance 3-pointer in the title game capped a record comeback by Notre Dame and an incredible weekend for the sport. The Bulldogs' pressure put the Irish out of rhythm and prevented them from scoring.

Notre Dame stormed back in the third quarter.

The game was everything that could be imagined for a national championship, although it was sloppy at times. But over the next few minutes the Irish had trouble finishing inside as Mississippi State extended the lead to 40-25, its largest margin of the game. Shepard finally tied it at 41 on a put-back with:17 left in the third period. "They went inside. [Shepard] was 8-for-10, and we had a hard time dealing with her". "They executed on offense better than we did and then the game was tied". The Bulldogs took a 58-53 lead at the 2:01 mark on a Roshunda Johnson trifecta.

Notre Dame continue their relentless pursuit. North Carolina great Charlotte Smith made a 3-pointer at the buzzer in 1994 that lifted the Tar Heels to an improbable one-point win over Louisiana Tech.

A case in point: With 40 seconds to play and scored tied at 58, State called a timeout and Vic Schaefer drew up a play that was created to go to Teaira McCowan in the low post.

McGraw termed Ogunbowale's finale a "kind of a desperation shot", yet no one in the Irish locker room cared what anyone chose to call it. Arike Ogunbowale sank the game-winning basket vs. UConn to get to the championship game and there was a strong sense of deja vu when she sank the game-winning three with.1 seconds remaining to break the hearts of Bulldogs fans in the process. The Huskies threw the ball down the court after the 3, but didn't get a chance to tie it. She always wants the ball.

That led to Ogunbowale's heroics. That proved to be insignificant in the end, but the Bulldogs did their part on that end of the floor for most of the game. Fourteen of her 18 points would come in the second half.

  • Julie Sanders