Notre Dame found themselves down nine points in the fourth quarter to rivals UConn on Friday night in the NCAA Women’s Final Four. But the Fighting Irish never did what their name implies. They fought and scrapped, and that the end of the day, they got an 81-76 win to take them to the National Championship Game. Arike Ogunbowale was the focal point of their comeback, keying the rally while scoring 23 total points in the victory as they seek to defending their champion crown on Sunday.
They’ll be coming up against the freight train known as the Baylor Bears in that match up after they beat Oregon 72-67 to move into the National Championship game for the first time since 2012. Kalani Brown (22) and Lauren Cox (21) each put up more than 20 points as the Bears held off first time Final Four participants Oregon in Tampa. Baylor, who are 36-1 on the season now, have rarely looked troubled, so this was the first test they had had in weeks. And they still kept it going. Now they face the reigning champions come Sunday.