But in the end, they lost by one point to Baylor, 82-81.
Jackson added of Cox, "We had to finish the job for her". They are coming off a 72-67 win over OR in the Final Four. Then they met OR on Friday night and found themselves in a back-and-forth contest that featured 12 ties and 22 lead changes. Ogunbowale had 14 points in the fourth quarter. I just know when you lose a big-time player in the middle of a national championship game, you're not supposed to win. It's Baylor's first title since 2012, which also came against the Fighting Irish.
Ogunbowale had 12 of her game-high 31 points after Cox's injury, adding to her big-game reputation and helping to rally her team.
Baylor got the ball back, ran down the final 1.9 seconds and won the national championship by that single point.
OR senior guard Maite Cazorla finished with nine points, six rebounds and four assists in the final game of her collegiate career.More news: Uganda police say kidnapped U.S. woman and driver are freed
Chloe Jackson's layup went in, Arike Ogunbowale's foul shot bounced out, and Cox stood on crutches at the end of the bench, pumping her right arm as the final second ticked off. It's only the second time in the past two decades that there have been that many teams claiming the title. She said she had not decided when asked about her status after the game. Incredibly, the automatic Ogunbowale did, missed both really - the first one bounced around and then off the rim, and she meant to miss the second one, but it went in, depriving Notre Dame of a chance to try and tip in a game-tying rebound. How about another back-and-forth affair that featured nine ties and 28 lead changes and came down to the final minute?
Given the opportunity, Notre Dame quickly began cutting into the lead. The teams traded the lead six times over the following two-and-a-half minutes before Notre Dame pulled away down the stretch.
The two teams faced off Sunday in Amalie Arena for the NCAA Women's National Championship, drawing thousands of fans from around the country, including students who came to see the game. Notre Dame delivered in the key moments against UConn in the semifinals and certainly did a year ago in winning the national championship.
An 80% foul shooter, Ogunbowale rimmed out her first attempt.
Brown scored a game-high 22 points Friday night. "We'll rest her, do whatever".More news: Massive python found in South Florida wildlife preserve
"She just got off to a slow start in a lot of ways". Her last bucket made the score 76-74, Baylor with 4:47 to go.
With the game on the line, Arike Ogunbowale was called (and by most standards) delivered. She is an absolute nightmare matchup for any team, and because of her decision, OR stands a good chance to win it all next season considering the number of weapons on the court around her.
Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey gave an emotional interview following the game.
The game will pit Notre Dame's top-ranked offense (89.1 points per game) against Baylor's stingy defense (10 ranked in Division I at 54.6 points per game allowed).
After a thrilling game in which Baylor seemed to have things in control, seemed to be falling apart after a third-quarter injury to junior Lauren Cox, and then got things back together to win it all, 82-81, Mulkey reflected on the journey to get here.More news: White House pulls nomination for ICE head
The star matchup between Ogunbowale and Samuelson never got going in the first half.