Notre Dame Makes Comeback, Beats UConn in Overtime by One Point
It happened again.
Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale made a 17-foot jumper with one second left in overtime as UConn lost in overtime in the Final Four for the second consecutive year. This time it was Notre Dame ending UConn’s unbeaten season 91-89.
The Fighting Irish advanced to the NCAA championship game for the first time since 2015. Notre Dame will play Mississippi State — which beat Louisville in overtime earlier Friday — in Sunday’s title game (ESPN, 6 p.m. ET).
UConn twice came back to tie the score Friday, first at the end of regulation and again near the end of overtime. With 26 seconds left in the extra period, UConn’s Crystal Dangerfield made a 3-pointer, giving Notre Dame the final possession. It ended in the hands of Ogunbowale, the Irish’s leading scorer. After a timeout, Ogunbowale faded away and released her shot over Napheesa Collier for the winner.
It’s rare that a team gets one shot to beat UConn. Notre Dame had two, leading 79-74 with 21.3 seconds left in regulation, but a 3-pointer by Collier and a steal and layup by Kia Nurse tied the score. A second Irish turnover in the final seconds gave UConn a chance to win, but Gabby Williams’ short, off-balanced fadeaway jumper missed and the game went to overtime knotted at 79.