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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's Arike Ogunbowale attempting a shot against the UCONN Huskies (Getty Images)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish’s Arike Ogunbowale attempting a shot against the UCONN Huskies (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.

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.

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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