Mississippi St-Louisville, UConn-Notre Dame in Final Four

Posted April 01, 2018

Last year, UConn lost on an overtime buzzer-beater by Mississippi State's Morgan William, and the Huskies had hoped to meet that same team in Sunday night's national championship game.

Clearly these two teams have had some tremendous games over the years.

Notre Dame ended the Huskies' unbeaten run as Arike Ogunbowale's jumper from the corner with 1 second left lifted the Irish past UConn, 91-89.

Mississippi State also won an overtime thriller, beating Louisville 73-63 in overtime.

After going on a run in which it won four consecutive national titles, the UConn Huskies have seen their season end in the national semifinals each of the last two seasons.

"This is, I think, the second time we've beat them in the semifinal", McGraw said.

Consider, though, it was just 13 days ago, when UConn opened the tournament with a 140-52 victory over No. 16 Saint Francis (Pennsylvania), that there was the typical "the Huskies are unbeatable and bad for the sport" claptrap from the peanut gallery that doesn't really watch women's basketball. I think I'll remember this one just a little bit more. "It's been a great effort all the way around by building vendors, ESPN, and the NCAA to make this event special".

When most teams play CT, they play the uniform and not the players.

But now CT, coached by Geno Auriemma, and Notre Dame, coached by Muffet McGraw, are in different conferences and that intensity has diminished.

Notre Dame moved back into the lead 54-53 with 2:20 left in the third after a 3-pointer by Marina Mabrey.

"I tried to get a good shot", she said.

So now the stage for the title game has been set, and it will once again go on without UConn.

"We had a chance to lose in regulation and came back and tied it", UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. Collier had 24 points for CT. Then it was Ogunbowale's turn, scoring six quick points to put Notre Dame up by five with 21 seconds left.

UConn pulled off an incredible comeback in the final seconds to send its national semifinal against Notre Dame to overtime, but fell short in the extra period, 91-89. Last weekend's highly anticipated Elite Eight matchup with defending national champion SC was a competitive bust: UConn won by 29 points. She worked her way back to play a key role in the Irish's win over Villanova in the second round and then was a big factor in beating OR to get the Irish to the Final Four.

Mississippi State's Teaira McCowan has 18 points and 18 rebounds.

"Jackie Young, I don't know what to say about her".

There was a stretch between 2010 and 2013 when the two squads played 15 times.

Huskies forward Gabby Williams launched a Hail Mary pass to junior Katie Lou Samuelson at the end of the game, but Samuelson's attempt was off target. Senior guard Victoria Vivians was the leading scorer for the Bulldogs with 25 points. If UConn's stats were compared the stats of the greatest men's teams without names or titles, everyone would look at UConn's resume as the superior one.