Ogunbowale floated in a 3-pointer from the corner with 0.1 seconds left, lifting Notre Dame to its second women's basketball title with a thrilling 61-58 comeback victory over Mississippi State in the NCAA championship game on Sunday night, April 1.
Notre Dame needed a jumper from Arike Ogunbowale with 1 second left to overcome UConn in OT on Friday.
Notre Dame broke that mark thanks to the heroics of Ogunbowale, who hit the buzzer-beater Friday night to lift Notre Dame to a 91-89 victory against CT in the national semifinals.
"To do that twice in one weekend, the biggest stage in college basketball, it's insane", Ogunbowale said.
She averaged 11.4 points as a freshman at Notre Dame, the most for a Fighting Irish reserve in more than a decade.
Give Notre Dame credit for making one more play than State.
"It just felt right", Ogunbowale said of the game-winner.
"Two buzzer-beaters in two of the biggest games of our career, of the season, it's just unreal", Ogunbowale said later outside her locker wearing a white national championship T-shirt. "They treated me like one of them, so I think I just always had it in me", she told the South Bend Tribune, when asked about playing against her brothers and other boys as a kid. "Jess just kicked it to me, and I was like, 'OK, Marina, it's time". "She plays the game at such a high level at times".
Well, you can decide for yourself. "So, I was prepared for this moment".
Meanwhile, Udoka Azubuike's Kansas lost to Villanova 95-79 in the NCAA Men semi-finals.
The view from my seat suggests that this Final Four had to be the greatest ever. For everyone who wondered if all four No. 1 seeds reaching Nationwide Arena would result in a boringly predictable Women's Final Four - it didn't.
"A lot of people were crowding her". Three weeks later, and three blocks over, Cynthia's sister, Yolanda and her husband, Gregory welcomed a baby girl, Arike.
Notre Dame will celebrate its championship Monday at 12:30pm on Notre Dame Avenue.
Mississippi State has rallied to take 17-14 lead over Notre Dame at the end of the first quarter in the women's national championship game.
But the woman who now wants to be an inspiration for a generation of young girls finds perhaps her most inspiration in her father, Gregory.
The Nigerian organisation commended Nigerian sports men and women in the USA who are propelling their colleges to victory. Now, a national championship.
"I practice this all the time", Ogunbowale said.
Notre Dame (36-3) started the game off strong.
"Nigeria is certainly not a shit-hole country", the Nigerian organisation said.
According to information from several reliable reports, Ogunbowale's dad once served in the Nigerian Army.
"Offensively, we got really good looks and couldn't make a shot", Vic Schaefer said. They knew long before they reclaimed the lead four separate times in regulation against what is widely known as the best program in women's college basketball. Born to a Gregory, a Nigerian who emigrated to the United States as a young man and Yolanda, an African-American; Arike and her brother Dare were childhood sports proteges.