Lady Bears NCAA National Champions After Beating Notre Dame 82-81

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The Lady Bears set the tone early in the first quarter, after Chloe Jackson intercepted Notre Dame’s pass, and scored with a lay-up, to take a 2-0 lead.  Baylor led 25-14 concluding the first quarter, after Jackson made a buzzer beater.  

The Lady Bears carried their momentum into the second quarter, as they went into the half leading 43-21.  Baylor dominated the first half in field goals, as they were shooting 62.5%, while the Fighting Irish were shooting at 27.5%.

With under two minutes left in the third quarter, Lauren Cox left the game with an injury, and freshman NaLyssa Smith entered the game in her place.  Smith and Jackson scored a bucket, followed by Arike Ogunbowale with a three pointer, for the Lady Bears to lead 66-55. 

After the Lady Bears lost Lauren Cox, Notre Dame rallied in the fourth quarter. The Irish tied the game at 74, and from there, it was very competitive between both teams.  Later on, the game was tied at 80 with 16.1 seconds left to play, Jackson scored a layup to lead 82-80 with 3.9 seconds left to play.  The Lady Bears win their third NCAA National Championship, by a final score of 82-81.

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