Ogunbowale gives Fighting Irish reason to smile

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Some are calling it the greatest last second shot in championship game history.

Ogunbowale's 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds remaining lifted Notre Dame to a 61-58 victory against MSU before a crowd of 19,599 in the national championship game at Nationwide Arena. They played for an ACC championship and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament anyway.

It first happened against UConn during Friday's Final Four game - and then to win it all, a buzzer beater on Sunday against Mississippi State. That capped another double-digit rally. It has been even longer since a title game came down to a last-second shot.

"It's just my teammates", Ogunbowale said.

This Final Four belonged to Ogunbowale and the Irish. She was missing easy buckets and had two points on 1-for-10 shooting at halftime. Her shot swished through the basket as time expired to set off a celebration. "Everyone talked about how many injuries we had all season, how we had four ACL tears, how you need ACL to spell miracle-but it wasn't a miracle". The Irish closed the period with a 16-1 run to tie the game at 41 heading to the final quarter. That group included Louisville, Notre Dame, Ohio State, UCLA and Wisconsin. McCowan, a junior, had 18 points and 17 rebounds to record her 29th double-double of the season.

"Watching the shot again, again and again and seeing everyone's reaction was special", McGraw said. So many years we've had a great semifinal game and the final was a disappointment.

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While the Irish came out strong to start the third quarter, they were unable to make up any ground until midway through the stanza. "We lost our composure a little bit, but we got it back and we just kept fighting".

The word McGraw used to describe her team so many times this season was "resilient", because the Fighting Irish played the majority of the campaign without four players - including a point guard and an all-American - all of whom had torn their anterior cruciate ligaments.

"We'll discuss it with the team and make a decision if the offer is extended", McGraw told The Associated Press by phone Monday. Notre Dame had won it all, and Ogunbowale had become a legend whom you'll probably hear little about after this week. Easily, she was named the tournament's most outstanding player.

Even if they do win it all again next season, it will be almost impossible to repeat the drama of this run.

"When it went through, I couldn't honestly believe that it went in", McGraw said. The Fighting Irish then stunned the UConn women's basketball team in the Final Four.

That's the kind of combination of strategy and execution that earned Vic Schaefer a reputation as an elite defensive coach, a couple of national coach of the year trophies and a national championship in 2011 against none other than the Irish, who had upset Tennessee and CT before losing 76-70 to a Texas A&M team with Shaefer on the staff in the championship game.

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