Notre Dame wins national title on last-second shot

Noie: Biggest shot in program history sends Arike Ogunbowale, Notre Dame to title game

Noie: Biggest shot in program history sends Arike Ogunbowale, Notre Dame to title game

Congratulations to Notre Dame, but I am awfully proud of my group.

Arike Ogunbowale - the sister of former Wisconsin Badgers RB Dare Ogunbowale - nailed the game-winning shot to advance the Fighting Irish past the Huskies and on to the title game.

Give Ogunboewale credit for making her second game-winning shot of the Final Four. The Irish needed to grab more rebounds (center Jessica Shepard had one in the first half), keep the 6-foot-7 McCowan off the offensive boards (she had three of Mississippi State's seven), then get out in transition - their strength all season.

Notre Dame's Jackie Young only tallied six points against Mississippi State but made a pivotal jumper with 46 seconds remaining to tie the game at 58.

That wraps up a Final Four that also featured two overtime semifinal games - one of which ended with an Ogunbowale jumper with just over a second to go to lift the Irish over UConn. "Jess just kicked it to me, and I was like, 'OK, Marina, it's time".

"So I said at halftime, 'Everybody stay in their spots".

Ogunbowale was named the tournament's most outstanding player, and no one could have argued.

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The victory will be even sweeter for Stephens next Monday when she'll make her long-awaited Top 10 debut, landing at world No.9. The 20-year-old Ostapenko, now at career-high No. 5 ranking, was No. 64 entering last year's Miami Open .

All the Irish players could celebrate after pulling off the biggest comeback in title game history. Mississippi State beat UConn in last year's Final Four but came up short against SC in the championship game. Mississippi State was 37-1 coming into the game.

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

After the Notre Dame players doused their head coach with water when she came into the locker room, Irish athletics director Jack Swarbrick surveyed the smile-swathed scene and referred to McGraw as the GOAT (greatest of all time).

Teaira McCowan missed a layup on the next possession, but then things got a little weird.

After Ogunbowale's clutch shot, the officials huddled and put one-tenth of a second on the clock.

Mississippi State entered the minds of so many basketball fans with Morgan William's memorable buzzer-beater to upset CT in the 2017 Final Four.

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