Notre Dame wins national title with another last-second shot by Arike Ogunbowale

There had been a slew of questions Saturday, the day after Notre Dame and Mississippi State had advanced to the national title game in an instant classic of a Final Four, as to how the two programs planned to top their thrilling semifinal bouts.

In its answer, Notre Dame decided not to mess with perfection.

With three seconds left in the NCAA tournament championship game Sunday, the same Notre Dame guard who hit the buzzer-beater to upset No. 1 seed Connecticut in overtime in Friday’s national semifinal had the ball in her hands again. Arike Ogunbowale launched herself, legs splayed in the air, and put as much power as she could into a confident three-pointer from the far right corner with a defender’s hand in her face.

The shot — or perhaps the shot, Part II — swished through the net with 0.1 seconds left. It pushed Notre Dame past fellow No. 1 seed Mississippi State, 61-58, as the Fighting Irish earned their second NCAA championship 17 years to the day after winning their first.

Notre Dame’s players sprinted to the edge of the court and, after everyone had to collect themselves to play the final fraction of a second, shiny confetti fell as 19,599 roaring fans in attendance digested what they had

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