It has been over a decade and a half since Notre Dame won its first – and thus far only – national championship in 2001. The Fighting Irish look to add to that total on Sunday as they take on fellow No. 1 seed Mississippi State in Columbus, Ohio.
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Notre Dame-Mississippi State basketball game time, information
Date: April 1, 2018
Time: 6 p.m. ET
Location: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
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You can find the Notre Dame-Mississippi State basketball game on ESPN.
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Notre Dame-Mississippi State basketball preview
The UConn Huskies were on the top the women’s college basketball world in a stretch spanning from 2013 to 2016.
For the second year in a row, though, the Huskies were denied an unprecedented twelfth title on last-second shots in the Women’s Final Four.
In 2017, it was Morgan William’s stunning buzzer beater that lifted Mississippi State to its first-ever national championship game. On Friday, Arike Ogunbowale took her turn in the spotlight as her go-ahead shot with a second left in overtime put Notre Dame in its fifth title game in eight years.
Now, after several years of UConn’s dominance, we will see a new national champion for the second time in as many seasons.
Mississippi State, who fell to South Carolina in the championship last year, is back again seeking its first title. Notre Dame has played the foil to UConn for much of the past decade, but now arguably has its best chance at repeating the feat of the 2000-2001 team led by Fighting Irish great Ruth Riley.
Notre Dame began its NCAA Tournament at Purcell Pavilion with victories over 16th-seeded CSUN and ninth-seeded Villanova in the first and second rounds, respectively. It then traveled to Spokane, Wash., where it pulled out a 90-84 win over Texas A&M before an 84-74 victory over No. 2 seed Oregon in the Elite Eight.
That set up a matchup with unbeaten UConn, a fellow No. 1 seed. The Fighting Irish dealt the first blow as they led 24-14 after the first quarter, but the Huskies took a 41-37 lead into the locker room. The Huskies held a slim 60-57 margin after the third, but Ogunbowale’s three with less than a minute to go in the fourth put the Irish up 77-74. Notre Dame was up 79-77 in the closing seconds before a basket by UConn’s Kia Nurse sent the game to overtime.
But this one belonged to the Irish. Ogunbowale, a junior from Milwaukee, Wis., drained what might go down as the biggest shot in program history with exactly 1 second left in the extra session. UConn’s last-second attempt was off the mark and Notre Dame celebrated another trip to the title game.
Mississippi State also needed overtime in its Women’s Final Four game against Louisville, but that game didn’t have the level of drama the other one did as it dropped the Cardinals 73-63. Victoria Vivians and Teaira McCowan combined for 46 points to pace the Bulldogs.