Baylor holds off Notre Dame to win women's championship

Baylor holds off Notre Dame to win women's championship

Baylor holds off Notre Dame to win women's championship

The UA-sponsored Notre Dame Fighting Irish will take on the Nike-backed Baylor Bears at 6 p.m. ET tomorrow.

"It's tough", Ogunbowale said. "I just know when you lose a big-time player in the middle of a national championship, you're not supposed to win".

Ionescu might not have been able to pull off a miracle against an insanely talented Baylor team this season, but by deciding to finish up her "unfinished business", she just gave the women's college basketball world a massive gift. "It's tough. You can't really do anything about that one".

Ogunbowale missed the first free throw, as it bounced on the rim three times and fell off. Maybe they find a way to get it done in overtime if that first Ogunbowale free throw connects.

"I'm overcome with happiness, " said Brown, the 6-foot-7 senior center who was a three-time unanimous All-Big 12 pick with the Lady Bears.

"I mean, it's tough", she said. "But against a Baylor team like this, you're not guaranteed to come out on top on a comeback, and credit to them, they held on". And how they did it by playing to personnel, riding on the backs of their two big women Cox and Kalani Brown all season, and when one of them went down, everybody else stood tall.

"For sure. I knew, coming to Baylor with the team we had set up and then getting a grad transfer like Chloe, it was going to be a special year for us", Smith said, beaming at her locker.

In 2019, Ogunbowale found herself with the ball in the closing seconds against Baylor, with Notre Dame down by two in the title contest at Amalie Arena.

Tears, smiles, hugs, laughs and the ever-present word "proud" on their lips - the mothers of the Baylor players felt it all after witnessing their daughters hoist a national championship trophy Sunday night. "They told me they were going to do this for me".

"I would have liked to have won the game, "she said".


"Seeing her on the bench and not on the floor was very frustrating to us", Baylor guard Juicy Landrum said.

"We had to do it for LC", Chloe Jackson, referring to Cox, told reporters after the game.

"It just wasn't meant to be", said Ogunbowale, whose 31 points were the second-most in the national championship game and the most in a losing effort.

The image of Baylor's Lauren Cox being comforted by Kim Mulkey will forever be engrained in my mind.

Jackson was named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player. The 11-point differential for the three games in the Final Four was the closest in the history of the tournament, topping last season's 15-point margin.

In November 2017, Fuller lost her unborn child, Scout Marie.

Baylor played like a team possessed early.

Last year's title run by Notre Dame was a shock. They were the preseason No. 1, something that made head coach Muffet McGraw uncomfortable. She did also have nine rebounds and six assists in the loss. "We had so many missed opportunities both ends of the floor".

"We just beat the defending national champions".

When the Irish were down by as many as 17, it might have seemed to some like the finals were not almost as exciting as last year's.

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