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Buzzer-beater pushes Notre Dame past UConn in women’s Final Four

Notre Dame v Connecticut

COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 30: Arike Ogunbowale #24 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish is congratulated by her teammates after hitting the game winning basket to defeat the Connecticut Huskies in overtime in the semifinals of the 2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four at Nationwide Arena on March 30, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish defeated the Connecticut Huskies 91-89. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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Each of the last two years UConn has entered the Women’s Final Four undefeated. And both teams the Huskies have lost due to late-game heroics by the opposition.

Friday night it was Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale who made the game’s biggest play, as her jumper with one second remaining gave the Fighting Irish the 91-89 overtime win in Columbus. Ogunbowale’s shot capped a 27-point night, and Jackie Young led the way for the winners with 32 points.

Next up for Notre Dame is Mississippi State, which beat Louisville 73-63 in overtime in Friday’s first semifinal matchup. Sunday’s title game will be a matchup of the last two programs to beat UConn, as Mississippi State beat the Huskies on a Morgan William jumper as time expired in last year’s national semifinals.