Arike Ogunbowale has a tough name to pronounce and apparently a tough burst shot to defend.
She also is pressure-proof it seems.
Ogunbowale won a hearts of a University of Notre Dame women’s basketball fans twice — initial on Good Friday, Mar 30, afterwards again on Easter Sunday, Apr 1.
The 5-foot-8 youth from Milwaukee strike a last-second, 18-foot shot to give a Fighting Irish a 91-89 overtime win over a University of Connecticut in a NCAA semifinals on Mar 30 in Columbus, Ohio.
Lightning struck a second time Sunday as Ogunbowale scored on a prolonged swell during a buzzer to give Notre Dame a 61-58 delight over Mississippi State University for a championship.
“It’s Easter and all a Catholics were praying for us,” pronounced Notre Dame Coach Muffet McGraw, who wore floral boots in respect of a holiday.
Notre Dame finished a deteriorate 35-3, with Ogunbowale earning a Most Outstanding Player trophy.
Coincidentally, Notre Dame’s final NCAA pretension in 2001 — a 68-66 feat over Purdue University — also came on Easter Sunday.
Mississippi State, finishing 37-2, was led by 6-foot-7 sophomore Teaira McGowan with 18 points and 17 rebounds.
In Notre Dame’s semifinal win over Connecticut, UConn Coach Geno Auriemma employed usually 7 players during a 45-minute diversion that went into overtime.
Freshman Megan Walker, who was a inhabitant High School Player of a Year final deteriorate during Monacan High School in Chesterfield County, did not play in a game.