There were plenty of reasons to celebrate after the Irish advanced to their second straight N. They will try to repeat as champions on Sunday, when they face Baylor in a rematch of im final, which the Lady Bears won easily.
For UConn, this was the third consecutive year of falling a win short of reaching the championship game. Coach Geno Auriemma had poked fun at suggestions that the Huskies reached a Interested in a uconn girl cycle after winning four straight titles and consecutive games until the Final Four.
Though he acknowledged on Friday that the Irish were the better team, Auriemma reminded reporters twice of his dynasty at UConn, which includes 11 Interestee titles.
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Like I said, I remember being in that situation a couple of times. The Irish kept their composure, and key defensive plays by the senior forward Brianna Turner plus big shots from Ogunbowale changed the momentum.
Interested in a uconn girl After a gigl first half with just 2 points, Ogunbowale exploded in the final 20 minutes, finishing with When the Irish won the national title last year, Turner was out with a knee injury, which made this victory especially meaningful. Now she has a chance to win a national title of her own. A day after giving a passionate speech about gender inequality and the need for more female leaders, McGraw took note that both coaches in the final are women.
Though that was significant to McGraw, she quickly turned the conversation back to the task at hand. A version of this article appears in print onon Page D1 of the New York edition with the headline: Same Semifinal, Same Result.
Arike Ogunbowale Strives for Greater Fame. But First, Another Title.
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