Notre Dame delivered on one promise by coach Muffet McGraw to look different without injured Brianna Turner, shifting from lobbing the ball inside to their star forward to throwing up perimeter shots with success. The strategy certainly suited sophomore guard Arike Ogunbowale, who thrived from all over the court to help the top-seeded Irish maintain their dominance against Ohio State. Ogunbowale had a career-high 32 points, Lindsay Allen added 16 and Notre Dame easily beat Ohio State 99-76 on Friday night in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
Brittany McPhee caught fire late to start the comeback. Stanford women’s basketball sparked at the right time to come back from a 16-point deficit and beat the No. 1 seed Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 76-75, to advance to the Final Four. Cutting down a 14-point halftime deficit to just two by the end of the third quarter, Stanford made what appeared to be a blowout a close one.
With a second consecutive trip to the Sweet 16, UCLA faces their biggest challenge yet. They face four-time and reigning champs UConn. UConn has won 109 consecutive games and looks to make UCLA their 110th straight. If UCLA can pull out the win, it would be one of the biggest upsets in NCAA Tournament history. I am not going to lie. I’m a little worried about today’s game. While UCLA has faced off against some of the toughest teams in the nation, the UConn Huskies are a different kind of team. The last time the Huskies lost a game was back in the Fall of 2014 against Stanford. In the meantime, they have won a record four national championships in a row. I tip my hat to this incredible program.