Arike Ogunbowale Etches Her Name Into March Lore as Notre Dame Shocks UConn in Final Four

Arike Ogunbowale​ wanted the ball.

UConn had just inexplicably tied the game, again, and now there were eight seconds left in overtime, eight seconds standing between Notre Dame and a berth in the national title game. One shot, one make, and it would pull off the upset that no one believed it could and topple undefeated UConn. And so Arike Ogunbowale​ wanted the ball.

The problem, though, was that teammate Marina Mabrey had the ball, right around the Final Four logo near half court. The play had broken down. The team had switched who was supposed to take the ball out several times, finally settling on Jackie Young. The ball had been inbounded to Jessica Shepard, who looked like she might have a chance for a quick layup. But the defense collapsed and she kicked it out to Mabrey. They had no play to run.

So as Mabrey attempted to dribble to her left, with the clock ticking past 10 seconds and the Irish offense stuck and stagnant, Ogunbowale​ ran straight up to her teammate and took the ball directly from her grasp. Because, again, Arike Ogunbowale​ wanted the ball.

Then she cleared out her teammates, sending them to the left side of the court, and stared down UConn forward Gabby Williams, one of the best defensive players in women’s college basketball. A screen

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