There's a reason for that March Madness.
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Arike Ogunbowale played the hero's role for Notre Dame, boring the game-winning shot with a second that in overtime right after her missing free throws allowed the huskies to tie the contest in a Crystal Dangerfield three-pointer.
The stage was stopped for a rematch in Sunday championship game between the Bulldogs and Huskies to Mississippi State Connecticut run set of four straight national titles in l The team of Geno Auriemma lost for the second year in a row in the second round. This means that either Notre Dame wins the first national title since 2001, or Mississippi State its first crown in program history.
Final Four Scores
Mississippi State defeats Louisville, 73-63 (OT)
Notre Dame defeats Connecticut, 91-89 (OT)
Mississippi State 73, Louisville 63
Mississippi State is in a familiar position: a victory away from a national championship.
After shocking the sporting world and beating the Huskies in the Final Four last year, the Bulldogs lost conference rivals South Carolina in the title game. They will have a chance at their first national championship on Sunday thanks to the late game heroics in their win over Louisville.
Roshunda Johnson drilled a three-pointer with six seconds left to tie the game at 59 and force an overtime to control the Bulldogs. Mississippi State surpassed the Cardinals 14-4 in the extra time period to win the 73-63 win.
Johnson hit only two shots from the field during the game, though there was no greater attempt than the one that forced overtime. Louisville still had the chance to win at Summer when Myisha Hines-Allen went from coast to coast, but missed two tries on the edge.
Teaira McCowan and Victoria Vivians topped the winners as dominating inside-outside combination
McCowan finished 21 points, 25 rebounds and three blocks in a head-turning Stat line, consistently outperforming Louisville's Frontcourt in the color. Vivian added 25 points to the game's top scorer, and she and McCowan were the only Bulldogs to score more than 10 points.
Asia Durr topped Louisville's efforts with 18 points, but she was only 6 of 17 from the field. Jazmine Jones scored 15 points and nine rebounds, while Hines Allen scored 11 points, four rebounds and four steals as the only other double-digit cardinals.
Notre Dame 91, Connecticut 89
A rollercoaster of emotions does not even explain the Friday between Notre Dame and Connecticut.
It looked as if the Fighting Irish were going As they climbed to a 24:11 lead in the first quarter, Connecticut ran back and held them in the second quarter to 10 points. It looked as if Notre Dame had the game under control and led the regulation by five points in the last 20 seconds. But the Huskies ended the game with a fulminant 5: 0
Then it looked as if Notre Dame had again five points ahead in the last 40 seconds of extra time, before the Huskies again with a 5: 0 lead
Ogunbowale's shot was intercepted by a shot that hit Napheesa Collier and Dangerfield brought him with a three in an order reminiscent of regulation when Collier hit a three and Kia Nurse stole an inbound pass and converted a layup to to force the overtime.
Jackie Young scored a double-double with 32 points and 11 rebounds for the Fighting Irish, while Ogunbowale finished with 27 points.
Collier had 24 points for the Huskies and went playmaker Katie Lou Samuelson was 16, but was restricted on the track as her aggression was hampered by lazy problems.
Championship Game Prediction
If Sunday's competition is something like Friday games, fans in Columbus will have a blast.
While the Huskies won everything in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 and have 11 championships in their illustrious history – most in the NCAA Women's Tournament – another team will cut the nets this year.
If the Mississippi State will do this for the first time in its history It will take McCowan to be best down. The Fighting Irish need to find a way to deal consistently with their size in one-to-one situations, and if they do not, they might force them to send doubles their way.
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Look out for the Bulldogs, who come back shortly, as Notre Dame will rule as national champion.