TAMPA BAY (KXAN) — For the third time, Baylor is the best in women’s basketball.
Baylor defeated Notre Dame 82-81 for the National Championship. The program’s first national title since 2012.
Point guard Chloe Jackson transferred to Baylor from LSU and delivered two game-changing baskets in the final minutes to seize the lead and victory for the Bears.
Notre Dame guard Arike Ogunbowale had a chance to tie at the free throw line with three seconds left, but missed the first.
Baylor dominated pace and pushed the lead to double-digits, leading by 17 points in the second quarter. The tune of the game changed when Baylor’s standout junior Lauren Cox left with a knee injury late in the third quarter.
Baylor led by 12 before Cox’s injury. From there, the Irish rallied, but Baylor responded with Cox sitting on the sideline supporting her team.
Lauren Cox posing for pictures after Baylor wins their 3rd National Title!#SicEm #WFinalFour @BaylorWBB @KWKTFOX44 @Champions_Salon pic.twitter.com/U1UiGdLwod— Matt Roberts (@MattRobertsTV) April 8, 2019
One of the best three point shooters in the game, Marina Mabrey, knocked down her fourth three-pointer of the game for Notre Dame to tie it at 74.
Notre Dame grabbed its first lead at 77-76 since 3-2 on an Ogunbowale free throw with the 3:50 to play in the fourth. Kelani Brown quickly took the lead back for the Bears.
Baylor led for 37 minutes in regulation. Championships come in seven’s for Baylor women’s basketball. Baylor won its first national title in 2005, its second in 2012 and added its third Sunday.
Chloe Jackson climbs the ladder to get a well-deserved piece of the net! @BaylorWBB #SICEM #NcaaW @KWKTFOX44 #Fox44Sports @Champions_Salon pic.twitter.com/O55PcSHkXM— Matt Roberts (@MattRobertsTV) April 8, 2019