Notre Dame Athletics | April 9, 2019
TAMPA – Competing in its seventh NCAA title game, No. 1 Notre Dame fell one point short in its quest to defend the title, falling 82-81 to No. 1 Baylor. Senior guard Arike Ogunbowale poured in a game high 31 points, which marked the second-most ever in an NCAA championship game.
Fellow senior Marina Mabrey joined Ogunbowale on the All-Final Four Team. Mabrey scored 12 points in the fourth to finish with 21, and ultimately finished her career with 500 career assists.
Brianna Turner and Jessica Shepard each notched double-doubles yet again at the Final Four. Turner posted 12 points and 12 rebounds with a career-best five assists while Shepard went 11 points and 10 boards.
"Really frustrated. I'm sad for the seniors that we came that close after getting down 17, clawing our way back," Karen & Kevin Keyes Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw said. "We had so many missed opportunities on both ends of the floor. Defensively, the offensive rebounds we gave up just really lost us the game in the first quarter. We just didn't come out ready. That was disappointing. I thought (Baylor's Chloe) Jackson really was the key to the game. We really couldn't guard her. (Kalani) Brown gave us a lot of trouble, as well. Those two really played well."
"It was a great season," McGraw added. "It was certainly a great career for Arike, Marina, Jess and Bri."
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