The hero who sent Notre Dame to the NCAA Championship hit a second straight incredible game-winner to seal the title

 

  • Notre Dame guard Arike Ogunbowale hit a game-winner on Sunday to defeat Mississippi State and win the NCAA Tournament.
  • Ogunbowale had hit a game-winner on Friday to beat UConn and send Notre Dame to the championship.
  • She won Most Outstanding Player for the tournament.


It's been a good weekend for Arike Ogunbowale.

On Friday, the Notre Dame guard hit a game-winner over UConn to send her school to the NCAA Tournament championship vs. Mississippi State.

On Sunday, Ogunbowale once again delivered, catching the ball with three second left, the score tied 58-58 and making her way to the elbow to launch a contested three.

Swish. Notre Dame won it.

 

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COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 01: Arike Ogunbowale #24 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish is congratulated by her teammates Marina Mabrey #3 and Kathryn Westbeld #33 after scoring the game winning basket with 0.1 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to defeat the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs in the championship game of the 2018 NCAA Women's Final Four at Nationwide Arena on April 1, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish defeated the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs 61-58. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 01: Arike Ogunbowale #24 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish is congratulated by her teammates Marina Mabrey #3, Kathryn Westbeld #33 and Jessica Shepard #23 after scoring the game winning basket with 0.1 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to defeat the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs in the championship game of the 2018 NCAA Women's Final Four at Nationwide Arena on April 1, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish defeated the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs 61-58. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 1: Notre Dame players pose with the trophy after winning the championship against Mississippi State during the championship game of the 2018 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Final Four at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Justin Tafoya/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 01: Victoria Vivians #35 of the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs dribbles around Jessica Shepard #23 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the National Championship game between the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on April 1, 2018 at Nationwide Arena. Notre Dame Fighting Irish won 61-58. (Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 01: Arike Ogunbowale #24 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish is congratulated by her teammates Marina Mabrey #3, Kathryn Westbeld #33 and Jackie Young #5 after scoring the game winning basket with 0.1 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to defeat the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs in the championship game of the 2018 NCAA Women's Final Four at Nationwide Arena on April 1, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish defeated the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs 61-58. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 1: Notre Dame players celebrate winning the championship against Mississippi State during the championship game of the 2018 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Final Four at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 1: Notre Dame players celebrate winning the championship against Mississippi State during the championship game of the 2018 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Final Four at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 1: Notre Dame players celebrate winning the championship against Mississippi State during the championship game of the 2018 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Final Four at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 01: Kathryn Westbeld #33 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Morgan William #2 of the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs battle for the ball during the National Championship game between the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on April 1, 2018 at Nationwide Arena. Notre Dame Fighting Irish won 61-58. (Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 01: Blair Schaefer #1 of the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs looks to pass the ball over Marina Mabrey #3 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the National Championship game between the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on April 1, 2018 at Nationwide Arena. Notre Dame Fighting Irish won 61-58. (Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 01: Kathryn Westbeld #33 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish passes the ball around Teaira McCowan #15 of the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs to Jackie Young #5 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the National Championship game between the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on April 1, 2018 at Nationwide Arena. Notre Dame Fighting Irish won 61-58. (Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 01: Arike Ogunbowale #24 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish is congratulated by her teammates Marina Mabrey #3, Kathryn Westbeld #33 and Jackie Young #5 after scoring the game winning basket with 0.1 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to defeat the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs in the championship game of the 2018 NCAA Women's Final Four at Nationwide Arena on April 1, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish defeated the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs 61-58. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 01: Kathryn Westbeld #33 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Morgan William #2 of the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs battle for the ball during the National Championship game between the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on April 1, 2018 at Nationwide Arena. Notre Dame Fighting Irish won 61-58. (Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 1: Notre Dame players celebrate winning the championship against Mississippi State during the championship game of the 2018 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Final Four at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 01: Marina Mabrey #3 and Kathryn Westbeld #33 celebrate the game winning basket by their teammate Arike Ogunbowale #24 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish with 0.1 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to defeat the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs in the championship game of the 2018 NCAA Women's Final Four at Nationwide Arena on April 1, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish defeated the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs 61-58. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Ogunbowale shot just 6-21 from the field in the championship game, but when it mattered most, she once again delivered.

 

"It just felt right," Ogunbowale said of the shot after the game. "I practice late-game all the time. I just ran to Jackie [Young] and said, `Throw it to me, throw it to me.'"

 

The title was Notre Dame's first since 2001. Ogunbowale won Most Outstanding Player for the tournament.

 

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