Published: Mon, April 08, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

NCAA women's championship: Heroic Jackson lifts Baylor over Notre Dame

NCAA women's championship: Heroic Jackson lifts Baylor over Notre Dame

Baylor and Notre Dame will both be looking for a third national championship in a rematch of the 2012 title game won by the Lady Bears 80-61. She also commits fouls at one of the lowest rates of any player in the field (2.3%), so UConn coach Geno Auriemma can nearly always count on her to close out tight games from the free throw line. "I got to brain storm". She made a shot with one second remaining to beat UConn in the semifinals, then hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with one-tenth of a second left to top the Bulldogs in the title game.

Baylor (37-1) started the game hot, and Jackson was a big reason.

Baylor has been the most dominant team in the country this season ranked No. 1 for the majority of it. Whichever school won would capture its third national championship, a feat only women's basketball titans UConn (11) and Tennesssee (8) have achieved. "It was a burden".

This will be the final game for the Notre Dame quartet (Ogunbowale, Mabrey, Shepard and Turner) and the Baylor duo (Brown and Jackson) of seniors before they make their way to the WNBA to begin their professional careers.

In 2019, Ogunbowale found herself with the ball in the closing seconds against Baylor, with Notre Dame down by two in the title contest at Amalie Arena.

The victory broke a tie for third all-time between Mulkey and McGraw for career NCAA titles.

Mechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, women's college basketball, and other college sports for espnW.

Only Auriemma (11) and Summit (eight) have more than two.

"I'm excited for the challenge", Turner said. How long has she been coaching?

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Mulkey can appreciate how hard it is to repeat as champions. You can be the favorite and not win 'em. I've been the underdog and won 'em. "That's why you cherish the moments when you can". Chavez did not practice Thursday, but OR coach Kelly Graves hopes to have her Friday night.

While Cox's replacement NaLyssa Smith actually scored 14 points including a few key late baskets, the freshman had a tough time replacing Cox's presence at the defensive end.

What has changed is Mulkey's appreciation for family. She has scored above her average in three of her team's four NCAA Tournament games, including 34 points against Texas A&M in the Sweet Sixteen.

UConn had never lost three straight years in the Final Four until now. Fuller gave birth to a healthy boy in October - baby Kannon is commonly seen in news conferences and on the sideline with Mulkey after wins.

"Well, when we got up nine, two things we knew were going to happen". "Holding a child up here is a heck of a lot more touching than holding one right here that's deceased". Both can enter the draft because they will turn 22 this year.

Notre Dame advanced to the championship game of the women's NCAA Tournament, again. "We weren't enjoying it enough", McGraw said. "I'm so proud of this team and the people who stepped up tonight".

"Coach just told me to get to the basket", Jackson said.

The Notre Dame team celebrates at the end of the team's 81-76 win over CT during a Final Four semifinal of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament Friday, April 5, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. "They were getting more offensive boards and second-chance opportunities than we were", Mulkey said.

"Jackson was having a day", Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. "I thought she settled in at halftime". It's been incredible how far we've come. "And I just know she's hurt because that kid would've gotten up".

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