CT is looking to wrap up what would be a fifth undefeated season in the last 10 years as they enter the Final Four coming off a 29-point win over defending national champion SC in the Elite 8.
The guard narrowed her eyes in concentration before shaking her head. Nurse struggled with her shooting, going 4-of-13 from the field and had 10 points. In a game this close, that made a difference. Ogunbowale will remember it for a long time.
COLUMBUS, Ohio-Teaira McCowan had 21 points and 25 rebounds to help Mississippi State reach the national championship game for the second straight year with a 73-63 overtime win over Louisville on Friday night. Coach McGraw recruits players that are made for this moment. It felt good. I didn't know it was going in, but it felt good. "Just a little bit".
UConn was seen as the favorites a year ago right up until Mississippi State ended both their 111-game winning streak and run of four straight national titles in the national semifinals.
UConn and Notre Dame have tipped off the second semifinal at the women's Final Four in Columbus, Ohio.
The Fighting Irish had different plans, though.
"Big shot by Arike, unbelievable", McGraw said. ". The big shot by Arike, unbelievable". I practice this all the time.
These two Final Four games laid UConn's main weaknesses bare: the lack of set plays they are able to employ in tight games and the uncharacteristic shakiness that can suddenly plague parts of the roster when they are given a real challenge.
Ogunbowale missed a pair of free throws with 38 seconds left that gave UConn (36-1) a chance to tie it, then hit the shot that finished it off.
Ogunbowale dribbled back toward the paint before stepping back for a long-range jump shot.
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But if the Huskies think that wound is deep, they should check out their Final Four foe this season, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Louisville is trying to make it to the title game for the third time.
UConn junior forward Napheesa Collier led the Huskies with 24 points.
With both teams ranked in the top 20 in the country in offensive and defensive efficiency, this has the potential to be one of the best matchups we have seen all year. Because many on ESPN's Women's Final Four crew also work Monday Night Football (EN1 is the main MNF unit), the inherent familiarity with the facilities benefits the production as a whole. "It's very, very hard", he said. There are no bad teams, no bad players. The Irish won seven times, twice knocking UConn out of the Final Four. Victoria (Vivians), she's a great player.
Whenever UConn women's basketball has one of these ideal seasons, the critics seem to come out of the woodwork.
Look for the Bulldogs to come up just short again as Notre Dame will reign as national champion.
In the first half, the Irish shot 45.5 percent - well enough to keep up with Connecticut's unstoppable offense.
Notre Dame started strong, taking a 10-point lead at the end of the first quarter. It ended in the hands of Ogunbowale, the Irish's leading scorer. They are the most likely ones to beat CT because they have done it in the past.
The loss ends another remarkable season for CT.