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Notre Dame's comeback largest in Women's National Championship Game history

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The Mississippi State University women's basketball team practices Thursday in Columbus Ohio. MSU will face Louisville tonight at 6 p.m. in the Final Four

Arike Ogunbowale sinks a game-winning 3-pointer for the Fighting Irish to claim the national championship against the Bulldogs. Game winning shots seem to be routine for Ogunbowale as she also hit the victor to beat UConn 91-89 on Friday.

William will be most remembered for her game-winning, buzzer-beating jumper to beat UConn in last year's national semifinals.

The Nigerian-born, who scored 27 points in Friday's epic semi-final win over the MS, earned most outstanding player honours for the tournament.

Notre Dame broke that mark thanks to the heroics of Ogunbowale, who hit the buzzer-beater Friday night to lift Notre Dame to a 91-89 victory against CT in the national semifinals. Mississippi State started the game against Louisville 0 for 10, then made 25 of its final 52 shots.

Young threw a short pass to Ogunbowale, who ran down the sideline while being closely guarded. For the second time in three days, the player they call "Clutch" did what she does best.

The Bulldogs took advantage of a litany of Notre Dame turnovers to take a 30-17 lead at the half.

"It just felt right", said Ogunbowale, who scored 16 of her 18 points in the second half. "You have to have somebody that has that attitude of, 'I know I have to score, it doesn't matter what happened the last possession, this one's going in'".

It was one of those random weekends or Sunday nights when you're flipping around the dial, come across a game and it draws you win, the energy, the excitement, the drama. They do have size inside with 6'4 Jessica Shepard but she is not much of a shot-blocking presence.

As Ogunbowale (she finished with 18 points) pointed out to Kobe Bryant, her new Twitter buddy, "It's over".

BIG VS. REALLY BIG: Teaira McCowan is Notre Dame's problem now. The junior from Milwaukee nailed a three-pointer that hit nothing but net as she flew toward the baseline. The previous record for a single NCAA tournament was 75. This marks their second national title in program history, the first won in 2001 and both under head coach Muffet McGraw. They trailed by 23 points in the 2nd quarter to Tennessee earlier this season and rallied to win. The Irish managed only three points in the second quarter.

- In what could be the most simplistic key of them all, Mississippi State is good enough and talented enough to win the whole thing if they focus on just doing their thing. Shepard finally tied it at 41 on a put-back with:17 left in the third period. Marina Mabrey hit a 3-pointer from the wing and Young had a shot in the lane to tie it. These two team's haven't met during the season but Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer and company still have tremendous respect for their opponent. Mississippi State lost in the national championship game for the second straight season. Vivians averaged 23 points and 6.5 rebounds, while McCowan averaged 19.5 points and 21 rebounds. It has been a very improbable title run for them after losing four players, including senior standout Lili Thompson, to ACL injuries.

Most of the Mississippi State team ended up in Victoria Vivians' hotel room watching the rowdy end of the Notre Dame-UConn game.

McGraw gave credit where it was due, but said her team's mindset ensured the comeback was always possible.

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