The Notre Dame Fighting Irish Women’s team hasn’t won a NCAA National Championship title since 2001. But that all changed for the Fighting Irish on Easter Sunday.
Notre Dame was able to earn a ticket to the National Championship game after defeating number one ranked UConn in overtime, when Irish guard Arike Ogunbowale hit a buzzer beater to give her team the win.
DOWN GOES UCONN.
Arike Ogunbowale drains it and Norte Dame downs the undefeated Huskies to reach the national championship game. pic.twitter.com/mjmSDY3qMG
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) March 31, 2018
Prior to the start of the National Championship game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs, which took place on Easter Sunday, Notre Dame’s head coach Muffet McGraw asked “Catholics coast-to-coast” to pray for them during the championship.
The Irish trailed Mississippi State by 13 points at the half.
But Notre Dame was able to make the biggest comeback in women’s tournament history when they tied the game at 41 and continued to hold on.
With less than two seconds left in the game, Ogunbowale did the SAME EXACT THING she did in the game against UConn.
ARIKE OGUNBOWALE JUST WON NOTRE DAME THE 2018 NATIONAL TITLE! pic.twitter.com/ZCNhyF1uIf
— ESPN (@espn) April 2, 2018
Following the game, McGraw talked to ESPN and thanked the many faithful people who celebrate Easter for their prayers on national television:
“I didn’t know if we’d get another miracle, but it’s Easter Sunday and all the Catholics were praying for us.”
McGraw earned her 800th career win.
Congratulations to the Fighting Irish on their victory.