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Arike Ogunbowale And Notre Dame Win The Women’s NCAA Basketball Crown

April 2, 2018

Arike Ogunbowale, who hit the winning shot, tied, in Notre Dame’s shocking win vs 15 point favorite, Connecticut in the semis, again HIT tied and in so doing, lifted Notre Dame to their second women’s basketball title and first in 17 years.

Their (61-58) victory vs Mississippi State evokes memories of Loyola of Chicago’s (60-58) victory vs Cincinnati, in the ’63 men’s final.

This year Loyola with major links to Catholicism made a nice run to a men’s semis loss and a day later, Easter Sunday, Notre Dame, surely with such “links,” handed Mississippi State a second straight title tilt loss, this a heartbreaking one.

Last season “Miss” St. had shocked top heavy favorite Connecticut in a Friday night semi, but unlike Notre Dame, which did it vs them, did not title.

The Loyola (60-58), ’63 win was vs a two time defending champion, Cincinnati. Vic Rouse’s “put back” shot won it.

Notre Dame’s win with one point total difference on Ogunbowale’s 3 point shot was vs a Miss St. team that lost in last year’s final.

 

Arike Ogunbowale and Notre Dame won the 2018 women’s basketball title.

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