(Analyzed Sports) | Andre’ Chapman
“Wow, so proud of my team today, stated Bulldogs Coach Vic Schaefer.” “We talk about when things get a little bit tough and too tough for most people, when it gets really really hard that’s when it gets about right for us.”
Mississippi State needed a three in regulation by Roshunda Johnson with 7 seconds remaining to force overtime before pulling away in the extra period to defeat the Louisville Cardinals 73-63, while Notre Dame needed a buzz beater in overtime from Arike Ogunbowale’s to defeat the undefeated UCONN Huskies 91-89 in front of Los Angeles Lakers Legend Kobe Bryant who was in attendance with his family sitting courtside in the Huskies section.
Bulldogs junior Teaira McCowan finished with 21 points on 11 of 21 shooting from the field while pulling down a game high 25 rebounds, including some key rebounds down the stretch which led to a 9-0 run in overtime to help Mississippi State advance to the title game Sunday evening. McCowan also played the whole 45 minutes for the Bulldogs who only loss this season was a 62-51 loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks.
“In practice we play bulldog McCowan said after the game.” “It’s the toughest five minutes ever. That just really prepares me in the game. You don’t get any subs.”
In the later game, Notre Dame was led by sophmore point guard Jackie Young who finished with a game high 32 points while pulling down 11 rebounds in 43 minutes of play. The Irish also got 27 points including the game winner with one second remaining in overtime from junior Arike Ogunbowale. UCONN had a chance to tie the game trailing 91-89 with one second remaining in OT, but the shot fell short after trying to go the length of the court.
Arike Ogunbowale on the game winning shot: “I wanted to show my Mamba mentality. Kobe Bryant is here so that’s what I tried to channel.” I practice this all the time. It’s everyone’s dream to get a game-winning shot so you practice this when you’re in the gym by yourself.”
We will see if she has another opportunity to hit a game-winning shot Sunday evening.