COLUMBUS – In 2017, it was Morgan William who astounded the world with their game-winning shot over UConn at Buzzer in the final four. When she was back on campus, she was a celebrity.
She said it was difficult for her to go public after the tournament this week because people always wanted to take pictures. And even after their squad had an almost perfect season, it was still the shot they were repeatedly asked about during the Final Four 2018.
And then it happened again.
But this time it was Arike of Notre Dame Ogunbowale who hit the biggest shot of the season to send UConn home before the title game. The Fighting Irish tended to Twitter across the country. Kobe Bryant tweeted. And then she tweeted again.
"I'm sure she'll treat it like a pro," Morgan said of the intense attention Ogunbowale had had to compensate for William's Mississippi State Team in preparation for Sunday's championship game. "She's already an All-American, so she had bigger games, but still on this stage against UConn, it's a big hit. It's in the history books, it's all over ESPN, all the highlights."
William said she was watching the game ̵
"I was like 'wow, that's a big hit'," she said. "I had hoped that there would be no overtime because I was tired."
The plan for the shot, according to McGraw, was that Ogunbowale should go one-to-one and get into the basket  "We did not think they would foul," she said Friday. "We did not want to put her on the free throw line in a tie game, we did not want to isolate her on the wing, she had some problems getting the ball, took a while, we wanted to use a small clock and shoot with five seconds. Fortunately, as they played defensively, we had no choice but to use the clock.
"I should probably end up killing every Catholic from coast to coast for all the prayers on Good Friday  Ogunbowale added that the game winner came from something that was "definitely not the game call."
"How we changed who would take the ball out two or three times, me and Jackie (Young), "She said." And then Jess (Shepard) had the open lane and Marina (Mabrey) did it. And I thought, I think I'll get it, and my team trusted me to have the ball at the end.