Arike Ogunbowale makes Shot of a Lifetime… Twice!


Her jumper with one second left knocked off previously unbeaten UConn in the semifinals.

I asked Sunday night on Twitter whether any previous athlete had submitted back-to-back (or near back-to-back) performances as clutch as Ogunbowale's and received several suggestions.

"You've got to try to get a body on her, but she's just so darn big that you can't outjump her", McGraw said.

On Sunday, Ogunbowale once again delivered, catching the ball with three second left, the score tied 58-58 and making her way to the elbow to launch a contested three.

This was Notre Dame's second national championship win. Her mother, Yolanda, pitched for the DePaul softball team. In terms of sheer drama, this weekend was the best women's college basketball has ever seen.

Her older brother, Oluwadare or Dare, is an American football player and was a running back at the University of Wisconsin and signed as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans in 2017. He has since been an offseason/practice squad acquisition of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins. This year had been about redemption and validation for Mississippi State, which has grown a women's basketball fandom in Starkville that has far exceeded expectations. A program winning a second NCAA title 17 years after its first. I loved soccer. I played it until my sophomore year [of high school]. Vinatieri did nail game-winning kicks in both the AFC divisional players and the Super Bowl, but Ogunbowale's heroics came in the final two games, not two of the final three. "When I was little, I used to watch US teams and just dreamed that I would be on the United States of America", said Stone. "I mean, this has been my goal since freshman year", said Ogunbowale. "We went into the fourth quarter up 11, and we had a huge mental lapse". I wanted to keep my faith base strong. The Hall of Fame coach was noncommittal whether the team would visit the White House if invited.

The Bulldogs' four seniors will graduate as the first class in school history to go to the NCAA tournament all four years. "It's an all-around great system". "We're all just on the bench, watching in slow motion", she said. "We've got to try to keep her off". But she came in and had 32 points. She had that toughness. Tomorrow I think I have managerial economics, ' she told Time Magazine after her triumph at the finals.

She has often credited that background with her success. This example may be more obscure than the others, but it's also most analogous to what Ogunbowale did. Ogunbowale won Most Outstanding Player for the tournament. We're blessed that she is. "We should be going home right now".

After trailing 30-17 at halftime, the Irish finished the quarter with a 17-1 run and knotted the game at 41.

Ogunbowale's big shot was her second in as many games.

Muffet McGraw is all smiles while cutting down the net following the NCAA National Championship Game Sunday at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. "She doesn't mind if she misses a few shots". "Everyone talked about how many injuries we had all season, how we had four ACL tears, how you need ACL to spell miracle-but it wasn't a miracle".