The Baylor Bears took home the NCAA Women’s basketball crown after holding off Notre Dame on Sunday evening.
Baylor won by a final score of 82-81 despite squandering a 17-point lead in the second half. After being knotted up with just a few seconds to go, Chloe Jackson hit a tie-breaking layup with just 3.9 seconds left to give her team an 82-80 lead.
The Bears weren’t done suffering, however, as Notre Dame received two free throw shots after a foul was committed in the final ticks of the game.
However, Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale was only able to convert one of the two free throws, and Baylor hanged on to win its third NCAA women’s basketball title.
Baylor overcame adversity to win after blowing the aforementioned lead, as well as after losing their star forward, Lauren Cox, to a knee injury in the third quarter of a game.
Cox left the floor in a wheelchair after a scary-looking play that injured her knee and left her crumpled in a heap on the ground.
Despite losing their best player, Baylor showed grit and determination and won to put the cherry on top of a nearly perfect 37-1 season.