2019 NCAA Women Champions

April 11, 2019

BY Minyetta Nelson

Tampa, FL - 

After dominating Sunday’s N.C.A.A. championship game for three quarters, Baylor was in an unexpected position against Notre Dame, fighting for the lead and doing so without one of its top players. The Irish had the ball in the hands of their best player. In the closing seconds, with a chance to tie the game, Arike Ogunbowale, a player known for coming through in big moments, was on the free-throw line. When she missed her first shot, she threw back her head in disbelief. She planned to hit the rim for the second free throw, with the hopes of a rebound and a last-gasp shot. Instead, it went in. As the buzzer sounded, Baylor celebrated a 82-81 victory and a title. It’s the Lady Bears’ third national championship and their first since blowing out the Irish in the 2012 final. Only Connecticut (11) and Tennessee (eight) have more in the N.C.A.A. era.