In overtime, the Bulldogs asserted themselves and Morgan William, who hit the game-winning shot in OT a year ago in the Final Four to end UConn's 111-game winning streak, made two free throws in the last minute to help Mississippi State (37-1) pull away. Ogunbowale's shot bailed out a Notre Dame team that held five-point leads in the final minute of both regulation and overtime, only to see UConn storm back to tie the game.
In one of the most thrilling women's basketball games in recent memory, Notre Dame beat UConn, 91-89, in overtime on Friday to earn a trip to the National Championship Game. 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.
The Mississippi State-Louisville victor will take on the victor of Friday's other semifinal game between UConn and Notre Dame.
Senior guard and All-American first teamer Victoria Vivians has also averaged 20.25 points for Mississippi State in the tournament, while fellow senior Morgan William, who hit the game-winning buzzer beater to beat UConn in last year's Final Four, has averaged 14 points in the tourney. A week later, they beat St Francis of Pennsylvania 140-52 in the first round of the NCAA tournament. There are no bad teams (here).
NOTE: The UMaine women's basketball faced Mississippi State back on December 17th and lost 83-43.
There's just a team that came from nothing and climbed to the top showing others that they can do the same as well. "It's been a great effort all the way around by building vendors, ESPN, and the NCAA to make this event special". "Obviously, much harder than the first time", Auriemma said. The Irish won seven times, twice knocking UConn out of the Final Four. Notre Dame (33-3) won its only tournament championship in 2001. Young fueled a Notre Dame comeback, converting a three-point play that trimmed the UConn lead to two.
Notre Dame took the lead in overtime, but again, sophomore Crystal Dangerfield hit a deep three to tie the game.
"Yeah, but we didn't win", she said.
"For a long, long time we made it look like it was easy". UConn had five players in double digits, led by Napheesa Collier with 24. "Well, what in God's name can I accomplish that hasn't already been done?'" Auriemma said.
Notre Dame moves on to the national title game.
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. Jazmine Jones added 15 in a game in which the lead changed 15 times. "These last two years is a big reminder that this is really hard to do". Both the Huskies and Irish fought until the very last second of OT, ending with Ogunbowale's shot.
Any college basketball team that reaches 11 straight Final Fours is obviously going to be plastered all over every news site, right? "They have great guards up and down their team".