Notre Dame tops Mississippi State, wins an improbable title

Notre Dame tops Mississippi State, wins an improbable title

Notre Dame tops Mississippi State, wins an improbable title

Notre Dame - which managed only three points in the second quarter - pulled off the biggest comeback in women's title game history.

But also give State credit for reaching the national championship game for the second time in two years.

MSU finished as the national runner-up for a second straight season.

Both teams battled back-and-forth in the fourth quarter.

The two teams traded blows down the stretch but neither team could gain separation, as the game was knotted at 58 with 46 seconds left. "Their competitive spirit is second to none". Yet they managed to stay in the game, and for the seventh time this season came back from a double-digit deficit to win. I will wear that maybe for the rest of my career. "It's my job to get them home and I didn't get them home". This is a high-character classy group of seniors.

No doubt the one sports-mad nut in the office has been coming into work bleary-eyed the past few weeks, and with good reason: It's March Madness season in the USA at the moment. It hurts. They played their hearts out.

Notre Dame averaged 92.4 points in its previous five tournament wins but struggled to establish any rhythm against Mississippi State's pestering man-to-man defense.

Victoria Vivians scored 21 points and Teaira McCowan had 18 points and 17 rebounds for the Bulldogs. They shot 30 percent in the first half and had 12 turnovers.

In the second quarter, the Bulldogs turned in their best defensive quarter of the season.

Notre Dame's Arike Ogunbowale holds the national championship trophy as she celebrates with her teammates.

The Irish were buoyed by severe foul trouble by Mississippi State that saw all five of its starters with three fouls in the third quarter. The Irish closed out the quarter with a 16-1 run, tying the score 41-41 on a put-back by Shepard.

The Bulldogs regained control late thanks to a three-pointer from Mississippi State's Roshunda Johnson that gave the Bulldogs some breathing room at 58-53.

Marina Mabrey hit a 3-pointer from the wing and then Jackie Young had a shot in the lane to tie it. But Notre Dame did not roll over and erased that 13-point deficit in the third quarter.

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