Undefeated Connecticut Falls to Notre Dame in the NCAA Women's Final Four

By Kevin Harrish on March 31, 2018 at 12:20 am
Notre Dame downs Connecticut
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Things got a little wild in Columbus for the Women's Final Four, culminating in an overtime game-winner to lift Notre Dame over undefeated and top-ranked Connecticut and punch its ticket to Sunday's championship game.

The game's closing act was not for the faint of heart. Notre Dame led Connecticut 79-74 with 21.3 seconds left to play, but the Huskies stormed back, tying the game at 79 before missing a shot to send the game to overtime.

The overtime period was just as wild as regulation. Once again, the Irish took a five-point lead with under a minute to play, and once again, UConn came back, tying the game at 89 with 14.9 seconds left to play.

This time, though, Notre Dame got the last shot, and the Irish nailed it, winning 91-89.

Connecticut has dominated NCAA women's basketball for the past decade, but has not fared well in overtime. With the loss, the Huskies fall to 0-5 all-time in overtime NCAA Tournament games, and 0-7 in their last overtime games overall.

The earlier game was nearly just as insane, as Mississippi State downed Louisville 73-63 in overtime, marking the first time in history both Women's Final Four games have gone to overtime.

Can we get a motion for Columbus to host the Women's Final Four every year?

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