Baylor defeats Notre Dame for NCAA women's basketball championship

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Pretending that I'm not disappointed by the outcome of Sunday's national championship matchup between Notre Dame and Baylor would be pointless.

"It's tough", Ogunbowale said. We had to regroup. Her stats made her Baylor's third-leading scorer and rebounder on the night. "It's tough. You can't really do anything about that one". "They didn't really get it, they got lucky Arike missed the free throw, but they played a great game".

That completed a game that followed a familiar script for the Irish in their previous tournament contests in which they fell behind only to finish strong.

Nalyssa Smith, who scored 14 points in 17 minutes overall, entered for Cox and said the team wanted "to play for her". "For us to win was a miracle in itself when you lose a player of that caliber".

"I mean, it's tough", she said.

Baylor's path to the championship round similarly required facing a No. 2 seed, with the Bears beating fellow Nike team University of OR 72-67.

"Notre Dame, do I even need to tell you how good they are?", Mulkey said.

The Lady Bears (37-1) won their first championship in seven years.

Baylor put its stamp on the game right away, forcing a Notre Dame timeout just 3:46 into the game when Jackson canned a jumper for an 11-3 lead.

"First of all, to go out there on the wing and guard their best player, coach had confidence in me". Jackson capped a 10-point quarter with a driving layup as time expired for a 25-14 Bears lead. "We controlled that game from the start till the time she went off the floor".

"We had to do it for LC", Chloe Jackson, referring to Cox, told reporters after the game.

Baylor took a 43-31 lead into halftime.

In a postgame interview with ESPN'S Holly Rowe, Baylor coach Kim Mulkey spoke through tears.

Landrum, a product of nearby La Vega High School, adds her name to the growing list of Baylor's national championship players. The semifinals and title game combined were up 8% from last season. Makenzie played for Mulkey and is now on her mom's staff at Baylor.

In November 2017, Fuller lost her unborn child, Scout Marie.

Had one more shot gone differently, Marina Mabrey's name would have been etched into basketball lore forever.

Instead, the Lady Bears were able to run off the final seconds, setting off a celebration that lasted well into the night and carried back to the team hotel for a pep rally to celebrate with a group of students that were busing 20 miles back to Waco.

The teams exchanged leads three times from there, with Jackson scoring the Bears' last two baskets.

"My teammates and my coaches, they believe in me", Jackson said. She did also have nine rebounds and six assists in the loss.

McGraw's comments drew both praise and criticism - you can probably guess where most of the criticism was coming from - and became a major subject of conversation in Tampa, Florida.

Ogunbowale was instrumental in all those victories, forever becoming a part of the Final Four during last year's title run. "We kind of knew they were going to come the way they came in the fourth".

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