No, UConn isn't guaranteed to win the women's NCAA tournament

Women's Final Four Could Notre Dame Beat UConn? It's Very Possible

Women's Final Four Could Notre Dame Beat UConn? It's Very Possible

The Huskies and the Irish have met six times in the Final Four, with CT winning twice in the national title game and once in the national semifinals, and Notre Dame winning three times in the national semifinals. Of Buffalo's 14 players this season, seven were global - four from Australia, two from Canada and one from Nigeria.

Louisville (36-2) vs. Mississippi State (36-1), 7 p.m.

It's the second consecutive year an undefeated UConn team lost in the Final Four on a last-second shot in overtime. Its quick guards pulled one out against the team that had beaten it seven times in a row, including twice in national title games.

All-American Arike Ogunbowale (20.7 ppg) is Notre Dame's leading scorer.

CT (36-0) vs. Notre Dame (33-3), 9 p.m.

Since so many fans want to see the Mississippi State vs. CT rematch, it's easy to overlook Mississippi State's semifinal opponent, Louisville. UConn had five players in double digits, led by Napheesa Collier with 24. Stevens came off the bench for UConn and changed the complexion of the game. Jackie Young has 20 for Notre Dame. She's the third Huskies player to win it, joining Williams (2017) and Stefanie Dolson (2014).

After a drab start, UConn is playing like an unbeaten, top-ranked team. "One weekend in March gets to decide your season".

UConn's previous biggest deficit this season was 12 in a game against Notre Dame on December 3.

How it was won: Notre Dame was the rare team to out-execute and make more big shots than UConn.

The victor will face Mississippi State, which advanced to the title game for the second straight year by rallying to beat Louisville 73-63 in overtime in the first semifinal.

The Mississippi State-Louisville victor will take on the victor of Friday's other semifinal game between UConn and Notre Dame. Nurse struggled with her shooting, going 4-of-13 from the field and had 10 points. Azura Stevens had 10 points during the run as UConn took over, much to the delight of the sellout crowd of almost 20,000 fans.

They won't have to worry about the Gamecocks in this year's Final Four, with UConn beating SC 94-65 Monday night in the Albany Region final.

The Huskies are trying to extend their recent domination of the Fighting Irish.

The Irish will face the Bulldogs - who won again in OT earlier Friday - on Sunday night in the title game.


The victor will face Mississippi State, which rallied for a 73-63 overtime victory over Louisville in the first semifinal. Aso, the Bulldogs head coach, Vic Schaefer was named United States Basketball Writers Association Head Coach of the Year.

Previous year the Bulldogs also had a great run in the tournament being runner up to SC.

Ogunbowale had a chance to seal the game in the final minute of overtime, but she missed two free throws.

The NCAA Women's Final Four tips off tonight at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH, and, for the fourth time in tourney history, all four No. 1 seeds will be there. UConn is in the semifinals for the 19th time, snapping a tie with Tennessee for the most in women's basketball.

Shorthanded, Notre Dame has relied on AP All-American second teamer Arike Ogunbowale, who has averaged 25 points in the tournament.

It's the battle of the number ones in Friday nights NCAA final four games. The Irish trailed Texas A&M and OR at the half in the regionals and were tied with Villanova at the half in the second round - and won them all.

CT head coach Geno Auriemma walks onto the court during a practice session for the women's NCAA Final Four basketball tournament, Thursday in Columbus.

Louisville came back to take a 59-56 advantage on Hines-Allen's layup with 11.3 seconds left setting up the exciting finish in regulation.

The victor will face either UConn or Notre Dame for the title. Williams had 12 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and four blocks.

This was the latest chapter in the greatest current rivalry in women's basketball.

We hope you enjoyed your 7 articles this month. Teaira McCowan has eight points and nine rebounds, giving her a record 76 rebounds in an NCAA Tournament.

But the Senior CLASS Award she got on Thursday figures to find a special place in the trophy case of her Sparks, Nevada, home.

The Cardinals were hurt when center Sam Fuehring was called for a technical foul with 2:42 left in the fourth quarter when she slapped the floor after getting called for a foul.

The Huskies (36-1) led 41-34 at the half before Notre Dame rallied. But it's not the hometown Ohio State Buckeyes.

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