Notre Dame Beats UConn In Overtime Thriller

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The last four teams to defeat UConn in the national semifinals all lost in the championship game - notably the Fighting Irish in 2011 and 2012, and Mississippi State last season.

In overtime, Notre Dame, Arike Ogunbowale made the game-winning jumper with 1 second left in the game.

Notre Dame's Jackie Young finished with 32 points, followed by Ogunbowale (27) and Jessica Shephard (15).

We're guessing Notre Dame will take its chances with the so-called karma gods and continue to celebrate before turning their attention to Mississippi State for Sunday night's national championship game.

The Bulldogs ended UConn's hopes for a fifth title in a row, and ended an 111-game winning streak, with an overtime victory at last year's Final Four in Dallas. They beat George Mason in the first round but were upset by Central Michigan in the tournament's second round. There are no bad teams (here).

The undefeated University of Connecticut's women's basketball team enters Friday as the overwhelming favorite to win their 12th national title. "You have to play great". "But they made one more big play than we did tonight". You can't luck into a national championship.

Most impressive was how Notre Dame kept its poise when it appeared to be on the verge of collapsing. They already beat their Final Four opponent, Notre Dame, in December by nine points - a mediocre margin by their standards. Notre Dame won in overtime, 91-89, on a near buzzer-beater.

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"We've been very fortunate for the most part to get those kids that come out of high school, and they want to be coached the way I coach, and they're not afraid to walk into our building and look up at the walls see those names and see those banners, and go, 'I got this, '" Auriemma said.

Before the tournament began, Auriemma spoke to a group of UConn fans: Enjoy the Huskies' success, he told them, because "this isn't going to last forever".

The Huskies led 67-59 after Dangerfield knocked down a 3-pointer with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter. After Notre Dame turned it over with 3.6 seconds left in regulation, Williams' runner was short, sending the game to overtime.

Notre Dame Coach Muffet McGraw's team had fought its way to the Final Four with just seven healthy scholarship players after losing four to anterior cruciate ligament tears this season.

"I practice this all the time", Ogunbowale said. The Huskies have won six national titles since 2009. They have tons of experience and some of the best players in the country in Gabby Williams, Katie Lou Samuelson and Kia Nurse.

After a Notre Dame timeout, the Irish got the ball to Ogunbowale, who created her own shot on the right wing and buried the game-winner.

Junior center Teaira McCowan has had a record-setting 76 rebounds for a single tournament and set a Final Four rebound record with 25. She worked her way back to play a key role in the Irish's win over Villanova in the second round and then was a big factor in beating OR to get the Irish to the Final Four. "Each team had a chance to prove what kind of team they were".

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