Notre Dame wins women's national championship

Watch: Notre Dame Wins National Title On Arike Ogunbowale Buzzer-Beater

Mississippi State (37-2) lost in the national title game for the second straight year after falling to SEC rival SC last season. In the title game Sunday, she did one better with a 3-pointer over Victoria Vivians as the clock ticked near zero.

A case in point: With 40 seconds to play and scored tied at 58, State called a timeout and Vic Schaefer drew up a play that was created to go to Teaira McCowan in the low post. Mississippi State was 37-1 coming into the game.

If a game-winner to beat powerhouse UConn in the National Semifinal wasn't enough, Notre Dame, got a buzzer-beater to win the entire thing. "I practice late-game all the time".

The Bulldogs led at halftime 30-17, but the Irish came roaring back in the second half and outscored the Bulldogs 24-11 in the third quarter. Jessica Shepard led the way with 19, while Marina Mabrey chipped in 10.

Notre Dame president Rev. John Jenkins, C.S.C., added, "This is one of the great wins in Notre Dame history". She had nine points, eight rebounds and two authoritative blocks in the first half.

"They just put their head down and drove it to the rim", Mississippi State Coach Vic Schaefer said.

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The Bulldogs held a 15-point lead early in the second half but could not hang on, falling 61-58 to Notre Dame in the national championship game at Nationwide Arena.

McCowan recorded her 29th double-double of the season.

Ogunbowale's aggressiveness and Shepard's patience on offense keyed a 16-1 third-quarter run. After a defensive stop, guard Jackie Young banked in a shot from the lane to tie the game with under a minute remaining.

Kobe responded by saying that Arike and Notre Dame had to seal the deal on Sunday in the title game. The following possession, the Bulldogs' Teaira McCowan (18 points, 17 rebounds) had an open look at a layup before the Irish regained possession. Ogunbowale finished the game with 15 points while only shooting 5-for-20 from the field.

And, while you're at it, give Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw credit for holding her team together through the loss of four players to ACL injuries this season.

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