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Ogunbowale’s game-winning 3-pointer clinches National Championship for Notre Dame

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COLUMBUS – Notre Dame faced its most challenging season in program history. Facing two of the top teams in the country, four key players out with season-ending injuries, and down double-digits in the National Championship Game.

The answer?

Arike Ogunbowale.


48 hours after her shot to take down No. 1 overall seed UConn, Ogunbowale’s three-pointer with 0.1 seconds left lifted the Notre Dame Fighting Irish past Mississippi State 61-58 to clinch the school’s second National Championship at Nationwide Arena on Sunday.

“It just felt right,” Ogunbowale told ESPN’s Holly Rowe after the win. “I practice late-game all the time. I just ran to Jackie and said, ‘Throw it to me, throw it to me.'”

The Irish were without Brianna Turner, freshman Mychal Johnson, and seniors Mikayla Vaughn and Lili Thompson all out with ACL injuries for the entire run. The took down No. 1 overall seed UConn and trailed 40-25 in the second half of Sunday’s contest, pulling off the biggest comeback in title game history.

Ogunbowale finished with 18 points, scoring 14 of them in the second half. She also earned outstanding player honors. The championship is the first for Coach Muffet McGraw and first for Notre Dame since 2001.

The fact is that heart, determination, talent, and hard work all came together at the right time to lift the Fighting Irish to the championship.

What a Happy Easter indeed.

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Stephen Michael 26, is a journalist, social media coordinator, host, and entertainment reporter. Michael graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and earned a Master's Degree in Digital Media in 2020 from the University of the Incarnate Word. He has worked covering the San Antonio Rampage, Stars, and San Antonio Futbol Club. He was the host of the Project Spurs Roundtable on NBC affiliate News 4 San Antonio from 2015-17.

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