Announcers show utter shock as Notre Dame takes down Uconn
Apr 01, 2018, 02:48
New this year, ESPN has shifted its Women's Final Four transmission to the XAVC Intra codec. With Brianna Turner sitting the entire season while rehabbing a torn ACL suffered last season, the Fighting Irish also saw freshman Mychal Johnson and seniors Mikayla Vaughn and Lili Thompson sidelined with torn knee ligaments. This year, it was Notre Dame'sArike Ogunbowale, who sank a jump shot with 1 second left for a 91-89 overtime victory.
"When you come out of high school and you choose to go to Notre Dame or CT, you're saying I want to play in big games", Auriemma said.
The last two of Arike Ogunbowale's 27 points were the biggest of her career, as they sent the Huskies home in the national semifinals for the second straight year after entering the Final Four undefeated. After Notre Dame turned it over with 3.6 seconds left in regulation, Williams' runner was short, sending the game to overtime.
The Huskies (36-1) led 41-34 at the half before Notre Dame rallied.
Geno Auriemma called timeout with his team leading 72-71 with 3:31 remaining.
UConn is still the "king and queen and leader of the pack", McCallie said. "UConn, of course, and just to get back here, it's a blessing". UConn plays Notre Dame on Friday.
"Last year's experience was great", said William, who became a celebrity thanks to her beast-slaying shot.
Ogunbowale missed a pair of free throws with 38 seconds left that gave UConn a chance to tie it, then hit the shot that finished it off.
Napheesa Collier made a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left, and Kia Nurse stole an inbound pass and raced in alone for the tying layup with about nine seconds left.
Collier led UConn with 24 points, and Azura Stevens added 19 points off the bench.
Ogunbowale made a 3-pointer and Young completed a three-point play. The Huskies' All-American duo of Katie Lou Samuelson (16) and Gabby Williams (12) combined for 28 points but committed eight turnovers.
CT and Notre Dame were once in the same conference and would play four times a season, heightening the intensity of one of the best rivalries in women's college basketball.
The two top programs play on Friday at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, for a chance to meet either Louisville or Mississippi State in the championship game.
What's next: Notre Dame twice beat UConn in the semifinals in 2011 and 2012, but each time failed to win the title, losing to Texas A&M and Baylor in the NCAA championship game.
The day before the national semifinals of the NCAA tournament, Notre Dame'sArike Ogunbowale was asked about her team's first meeting with CT this season, a loss to the Huskies in Hartford, Conn.
In a sign that the basketball gods do indeed have a sense of humor, Notre Dame will take on Mississippi State in the National Championship Game on Sunday. They are the most likely ones to beat CT because they have done it in the past.
The Huskies didn't trail in their first four games of the NCAA Tournament, but found themselves down 24-14 at the end of the first quarter.
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