2018-04-01 20:29:06
Notre Dame 61, Mississippi State 58: Arike Ogunbowale’s Buzzer-Beater Gives Notre Dame N.C.A.A. Title

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Notre Dame won its second N.C.A.A. women’s basketball title on Sunday with a championship run that once seemed unlikely yet ultimately became unstoppable.

With a stirring display of resilience, the Irish overcame a dispiriting series of knee injuries this season and persevered until the players hoisted the championship trophy with a 61-58 victory over Mississippi State at Nationwide Arena.

Arike Ogunbowale hit a 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds left to give Notre Dame the championship.

Absent four players who had sustained anterior cruciate ligament tears, Notre Dame (35-3) remained insistent and aspirational with deft shooting, voracious offensive rebounding and exquisite interior passing.

It was the first title for Notre Dame and Coach Muffet McGraw since 2001 and ended a frustrating series of defeats in the championship game that had come against Texas A&M in 2011, Baylor in 2012 and Connecticut in 2014 and 2015.

Mississippi State (37-2), meanwhile, lost in the national championship game for a second consecutive season.