Baylor women return home with 3rd national title trophy
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 09, 2019,
Apr 09, 2019, 2:17
When we had [Olivia Nelson-Ododa] in the game, it was much more hard for them to get those shots.
According to ESPN's broadcast Sunday, the 2019 Final Four was the first time the women's semifinals were both decided by five points or fewer.
Baylor responded to the challenge by exploiting their size advantage inside and clamping down on defense in the fourth quarter. This game will come down to who can win the battle of the bigs.
She chose Baylor for many reasons - for the chance to win a championship, for the opportunity to prove to both WNBA talent evaluators and herself that she can play point guard after years as a more traditional shooting guard. Kalani Brown added 20.
The Irish will go for their second consecutive NCAA championship against Baylor - a 72-67 victor against OR in Friday's first semifinal - at 5 p.m. Sunday.
Baylor's two departing players, one who got to Baylor as a highly touted freshman and the other a graduate transfer who wanted to win a title, led the Lady Bears into their home arena for an on-campus celebration Monday. Her longtime staff member Jennifer Roberts does, and after all this time, she knows exactly what her boss should wear to dress for success. "The worst part of the game was Lauren Cox [getting hurt]", Mulkey said. The Bears were able to melt away the remaining time. Baylor then ran the clock out on two in-bounds passes to prevent head coach Muffet McGraw's Fighting Irish from repeating as national champions. The 80.6 percent free throw shooter confidently strode to the foul line and released the first of two foul shots, only to bow her head in surprise and frustration as the ball rimmed in and out.
This time, Notre Dame needed Arike Ogunbowale a lot earlier. In her absence, Notre Dame rallied from a 17-point deficit to tie the score. This followed a similar pattern to last year's Final Four as she had a pair of slow starts, but incredible finishes. She got us here. "She now has the blocked shot record at Notre Dame, beating Ruth Riley". Arike Ogunbowale is averaging 21.5 points and 4.9 rebounds while Jessica Shepard is averaging 16.8 points and 10.3 rebounds.
The Lady Bears (37-1) won their first championship in seven years. "They continue to encourage her and she came alive in the second half". Brown scored 20 points and added 13 rebounds and two blocks.
After a thrilling game in which Baylor seemed to have things in control, seemed to be falling apart after a third-quarter injury to junior Lauren Cox, and then got things back together to win it all, 82-81, Mulkey reflected on the journey to get here.
Dolson had the pleasure of meeting actor Samuel L. Jackson at the premiere and got him to follow her on Instagram.
"We had to do it for LC", said Jackson, who was named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player. The year after the Lady Bears won their last title, she returned most of the team and they were upset by Louisville in the Sweet 16.