UConn, Notre Dame ready to resume rivalry in women's Final Four

Mississippi State upset the highly favored UConn 66-64 in overtime in the 2017 Final Four, snapping the Huskies' 111-game winning streak and their string of four straight national titles.

With both teams ranked in the top 20 in the country in offensive and defensive efficiency, this has the potential to be one of the best matchups we have seen all year.

After Connecticut tied with game with 13 seconds remaining, Irish guard Arike Ogunbowale scored with one second left giving Notre Dame the win, and handing the Huskies their first loss this year.

Jackie Young had a career-high 32 points for the Fighting Irish, who will face Mississippi State on Sunday in the championship game.

Mississippi State 73, Louisville 63, OT: Teaira McCowan had 21 points and 25 rebounds to help Mississippi State reach the national championship game for the second straight year.

Morgan Williams' buzzer-beating shot from Mississippi State's win past year had been show on repeat since the tournament started. A week later, they beat St Francis of Pennsylvania 140-52 in the first round of the NCAA tournament. There are no bad teams, no bad players.

"I didn't think we'd have more ACL tears than losses", McGraw said. UConn's lengthier lineup no longer settled on jump shots, found the middle and creases of the Irish defense and converted 12-of-19 field goals (no three-point attempts) in the second quarter while outscoring Notre Dame 27-10 in the second 10-minute sequence for the 41-34 halftime lead.

The truth? Yes, he usually does get the best players but not all of them. Notre Dame won in overtime, 91-89, on a near buzzer-beater.

"It's one of the most rewarding since '97 when we were a six seed and it was completely unexpected", McGraw said.

"The amount of times that we had to come back tonight, both at the end of the regulation when we were down and it looked like it was over, then in overtime when it looked like it was over and we tied it", Auriemma said.

"You really can't describe what goes into getting here and trying to win a championship", said UConn coach Geno Auriemma.

The Huskies led 67-59 after Dangerfield knocked down a 3-pointer with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter. And you thought I was kidding when I said Uconn is destroying opponents?

After a Notre Dame timeout, the Irish got the ball to Ogunbowale, who created her own shot on the right wing and buried the game-winner.

UConn pulled off an fantastic comeback in the final seconds to send its national semifinal against Notre Dame to overtime.

McCowan broke the Final Four single-game rebounding mark set by Charlotte Smith of North Carolina in 1994 when the 6-foot-7 center grabbed her 24th. None were bigger than her final two Friday.

Notre Dame is headed to the women's basketball national championship game after going to overtime to knock off previously unbeaten UConn on Friday night.

There was a stretch between 2010 and 2013 when the two squads played 15 times. "They have great guards up and down their team".

  • Rosalie Stanley