Notre Dame lifted by wild title win

Published 7:28 am Tuesday, April 3, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — It took a historic comeback and an epic shot to give Notre Dame its second national championship.

The last-second 3-pointer by Arike Ogunbowale that lifted the Irish over Mississippi State 61-58 Sunday night was a riveting — and fitting — conclusion to the greatest women’s Final Four, and maybe any basketball championship.

Coach Muffet McGraw’s team has been the comeback queens of the NCAA Tournament, with Ogunbowale conjuring a bit of magic, not once, but twice.

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The junior guard provided an astonishing encore to her game-winning shot that beat UConn in the Final Four two days earlier. That capped another double-digit rally. The Irish had to come back from halftime deficits in their last four NCAA games.

“The fighting spirit of Notre Dame is just amazing,” McGraw said. “Relentless, competitive. They have a swagger, they believe in themselves with the confidence that starts with Arike and Marina (Mabrey) and just filters down through the team.”

The Irish found themselves down 30-17 at the half and 15 in the third quarter before finally getting on tracky.