Notre Dame knocks off UConn in OT thriller

The UConn women celebrate their 2016 championship

The UConn women celebrate their 2016 championship

One year after Mississippi State's Morgan William hit a buzzer-beater to beat the Huskies, Notre Dame's Arike Ogunbowale's jumper with one second remaining in overtime gave the Fighting Irish the 91-89 win Friday night in Columbus. The Bulldogs showed their mettle past year when they played CT with their ability to disrupt and apply full-court pressure. And, although ESPN found success with a REMI, or at-home, production model throughout the tournament, the network will be onsite in full force for tonight's games and Sunday's National Championship. "I think it's just an wonderful accomplishment for this team and the resilience they've shown all year". The stars carried over into the stands, with Lakers great Kobe Bryant watching with his wife and daughters. "I wanted to Mamba mentality".

"I practice this all the time", Ogunbowale said. "I prepared for this moment". Jazmine Jones tallied 15 points and nine rebounds, while Hines Allen added 11 points, four rebounds and four steals as the only other Cardinals to score in double figures. Notre Dame (33-3) won its only tournament championship in 2001.

In overtime, the Irish were all over the Huskies.

"We had a chance to lose in regulation and came back and tied it", UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "She wanted the ball in her hands and we put it there at the end of the game".

Jackie Young has made five of her six shots for 11 points, and the Fighting Irish lead 24-14 after the first quarter. Collier scored to make it a three-point game. The Huskies trailed 24-11 late in the first quarter before Katie Lou Samuelson hit a 3-pointer just before the end of the period. She said the game compared to UConn's 80-71 comeback victory over the Irish in December because of the way Notre Dame never backed down.

If they want to get to the national title game, the Bulldogs will have to get past Louisville. "They have great guards up and down their team".

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Irish coach Muffet McGraw calls Ogunbowale "the closer". "We're all hungry to win".

UConn's undefeated women's basketball team is no longer undefeated.

True parity in women's college basketball may not arrive, McCallie said, until attendance is reliable enough during the early rounds of the N.C.A.A. tournament for all teams to play on neutral courts.

"I tried to get a good shot", she said. It would be gut wrenching for it to happen again the way this team has battled all year. They're the last two teams who have beaten UConn in the Final Four.

What's next: Notre Dame twice beat UConn in the semifinals in 2011 and 2012, but each time failed to win the title, losing to Texas A&M and Baylor in the NCAA championship game. They will also need strong performances from Jessica Shepard and Kathryn Westbeld down low, forcing the UConn defense to spread the floor and open up opportunities for the others. 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.

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