Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale and Marina Mabrey celebrate their upset win over UConn.
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For a second consecutive season, UConn is headed home before the national championship game of the NCAA Women’s Tournament. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish booted the Huskies out of the field in Friday night’s Final Four with a 91-89 overtime victory.

With one second remaining in overtime, Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale hit a sweet step-back jumper to break an 89-all tie.

The Irish had lost seven consecutive games to UConn, including in the title game in 2014 and 2015 before pulling off Friday’s upset.

So now the stage for the title game has been set, and it will once again go on without UConn. Notre Dame will play Mississippi State, last season’s runner-up, with the title on the line at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday.

The Bulldogs also needed overtime to reach the title game, defeating Louisville 73-63 in Friday’s other semifinal. 


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