Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Ogunbowale’s game-winner sinks Huskies

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Connecticut Huskies women’s basketball head coach Geno Auriemma joked that he may not be able to go to the same grocery store without winning another national championship. For the second straight year, the Huskies will not be the champion.

The No. 1 seed Notre Dame Fighting Irish defeated the No. 1 seed Huskies, 91-89, in overtime from Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Arike Ogunbowale drives into the lane in the Division I Women's Championship semifinal game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the UConn Huskies
Arike Ogunbowale drives into the lane in the Division I Women’s Championship semifinal game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the UConn Huskies (Photo by Adam Lacy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Fighting Irish improved to 34-3 on the season. They will face the Mississippi State Bulldogs, who defeated the Louisville Cardinals earlier on Friday night.

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The Huskies ended their season with a 36-1 record. UCONN also lost on a game-winning shot by the opposing team, as Morgan William of the Bulldogs made the winner in overtime in last year’s Final Four contest.

Arike Ogunbowale made the game-winner with just one second left in the contest. The Huskies missed their final shot to end the game.

Jackie Young led the Fighting Irish with 32 points. She also had 11 rebounds, one steal, and one block.

Young was one of three Notre Dame players, who scored in double-figures. Ogunbowale added 27 points, while Jessica Shepard scored 15 points.

The Fighting Irish had just two bench points, which came from Kristina Nelson.

Napheesa Collier led the Huskies with 24 points. She also had five rebounds, two assists, and one steal.

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Collier was one of five Connecticut players, who scored in double-digits. Azura Stevens scored 19 points, while Katie Lou Samuelson scored 16 points.

Gabby Williams added 12 points and Kia Nurse scored 10 points.

The Huskies had 19 bench points. Stevens had all of her 19 points off of the bench.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso IIIhttps://thecapitalsportsreport.com
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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