Baylor women win national championship

Elena Summers
April 10, 2019

Forward Lauren Cox added 21.

Jackson, who opened the game with a steal and transition layup, had 14 points by intermission, hitting seven of her 10 shots as Baylor took a 43-31 lead to the locker room. "We controlled that game from the start till the time she went off the floor". "At that point, everything was for Lauren..."

The senior transfer racked up eight points in just the first 5 minutes.

Notre Dame star and future WNBA lottery pick Arike Ogunbowale wiped tears off of her face as she left the floor, following a loss in the national championship. "That's an incredible feeling".

Baylor's path to the championship round similarly required facing a No. 2 seed, with the Bears beating fellow Nike team University of OR 72-67. "To do it my freshman year is just unbelievable".

"It's sweet", said Landrum, who had eight points, six assists, three rebounds and two blocks. Instead, she was fouled and sent to the line, where she made one of two free throws.

Moments later, Cox - with a little assistance - was the first Baylor player to cut off a piece of netting from beneath the rim.

Baylor Bears coach Kim Mulkey was emotional upon celebrating her third national championship win as a head coach. "Any player would rather play in a great environment than possibly be playing where there's 1,500 people, 1,000, that show up for a regional final", he said. "I felt like we responded really well". And even if her heroics Sunday night wasn't something many saw coming, Chloe Jackson certainly did.

Then there's was Arike Ogunbowale, the belle of women's basketball and will forever be remembered for her shot heard around the world in 2018.

Understandably, there were no smiles from the Irish as they hopped off their bus Monday afternoon, but fans say the team still has a lot to be proud of this season.


For a second-straight year, Notre Dame found themselves in a position to finish out a championship run in dramatic fashion in the final seconds of the title game.

Still, on Sunday, in the biggest game of her career, she was ready for the call. But you know what, God is good.

"I mean, it's tough", she said. "I had to go in there and give everything I had". But the Irish have a knack for big comebacks, doing it against UConn in this year's semifinal and against Mississippi State in last year's title game, when they rallied from 15 down in the third quarter.

"It was much more than that", Notre Dame's Brianna Turner said. In high school, they had battles in AAU ball.

"There was no doubt". "That kid probably would have been defensive player of the year nationally next year". I still couldn't. It's not a celebration when you're supposed to win, and you win by 20. She's aggressive like a guy.

Smith clicked with the starters right away when she relieved Cox. Her longtime staff member Jennifer Roberts does, and after all this time, she knows exactly what her boss should wear to dress for success.

"It's tough", Ogunbowale told reporters when asked about her free throw miss. Mulkey made it sound like Cox could miss at least some of next season because of the injury.

In a win over UConn on January 3, Smith scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds in 15 minutes of play. She finished with just four points on 1 of 8 shooting.

"Nalyssa Smith has been key for us in big-time games". "But she just went into the huddle and she told us, 'You all got this, you got all this.' It lifted us". "This kid has ice in her veins and I can't wait to see how she grows".

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