Notre Dame women topple UConn in OT in Final Four

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Notre Dame's Arike Ogunbowale celebrates after making the game-winning basket during overtime against CT in the semifinals of the women's NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament, Friday, March 30, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio.

Clearly these two teams have had some tremendous games over the years.

Notre Dame's Arike Ogunbowale hit a step-back jump shot over Napheesa Collier with one second left in overtime, dealing the Huskies a 91-89 loss in what will go down as a thrilling showcase for the sport and a sickening loss for the Huskies. Williams finished her UConn career with 12 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, while Nurse finished hers with 10 points and five rebounds, and got the steal and layup that tied the game 79-79 at the end of regulation.

McCowan had 21 points and a Final Four-record 25 rebounds, Vivians scored 25 points, and Mississippi State reached the national championship game for the second straight year with a 73-63 OT win over Louisville on Friday night.

Morgan Williams' buzzer-beating shot from Mississippi State's win previous year had been show on repeat since the tournament started. There are no bad teams, no bad players.

That'd be the case if the University of Connecticut's women's basketball team was the opposite gender.

"They've weathered every storm that's come their way, worn a bulls-eye on their back from what they accomplished a year ago", Schaefer said. "You have to play great". "Obviously, much harder than the first time", Auriemma said. You can't luck into a national championship.

Notre Dame has defied many odds all season facing multiple injuries and a limited bench. "It's got to be the best one".

UConn (37-1) finished two victories shy of a national title, again, two victories shy of another ideal season.

"Yeah, but we didn't win", she said.

Before the tournament began, Auriemma spoke to a group of UConn fans: Enjoy the Huskies' success, he told them, because "this isn't going to last forever". Collier had 24 points for CT. Last year, I felt like the way we played, we probably deserved to lose that game. It looked as if Notre Dame had the game under control, boasting a five-point lead in the final 20 seconds of regulation. Muffet McGraw's squad will be looking for its second national championship to go with the one the Irish won in 2001.

UConn pulled off an unbelievable comeback in the final seconds to send the game to overtime. Irish guard Marina Mabrey dribbled away from the rim and handed the ball to junior guard Arike Ogunbowale near half court.

CT (89) Gabby Williams 6-12 0-0 10, Napheesa Collier 11-17 1-1 24, Crystal Dangerfield 3-11 0-0 2, Kia Nurse 4-13 0-0 10, Katie Lou Samuelson 6-12 0-0 16, Azura Stevens 8-12 3-5 19. UConn challenged her to beat them, and she did not shrink from the opportunity, including converting two three-pointers after coming into the game only 9-of-35 (25.7 percent) beyond the arc. They are the top team offensively averaging 89.4 ppg and shoot the ball 53 percent from the field.