What a game. What a Final Four.
On Friday, No. 1 Notre Dame stunned undefeated UConn on Arike Ogunbowale’s last-second buzzer beater to advance to the national championship game against fellow No. 1 seed Mississippi State on Sunday night.
The title game did not disappoint.
Mississippi State controlled most of the game, leading by 13 at halftime. But the Fighting Irish mounted a furious second-half comeback to tie the game in the fourth quarter.
The two teams traded blows down the stretch but neither team could gain separation, as the game was knotted at 58 with 46 seconds left. A hectic sequence in the final seconds gave Notre Dame the ball with a sideline inbounds with three seconds remaining and a chance to win.
And that’s when Ogunbowale put her name in the history books.
The junior guard took the inbounds pass, dribbled twice and launched a 3-pointer that ripped the net, and sending her teammates into a frenzy and giving the Fighting Irish the national title with a 61-58 victory.
Take a look:
We wouldn’t be surprised if Ogunbowale gets another tweet from Kobe Bryant after her second consecutive buzzer-beater.
Party on, Notre Dame.
UPDATE (9:30 p.m. ET): The Black Mamba has weighed in, and he’s impressed.
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