Jessica Shepard Continues to Perform at Notre Dame

Jessica Shepard Continues to Perform at Notre Dame
Notre Dame's Jessica Shepard scored a team-high 19 points in the Fighting Irish's 61-58 national championship victory over Mississippi State. (The Associated Press)

Fremont High graduate, Jessica Shepard and Arike Ogunbowale led the Notre Dame Fighting Irish all the way back after trailing by 15 halfway through the third quarter to defeat the No. 1-seeded Mississipi State Bulldogs (37-2) 61-58, to win the NCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship, Sunday, in Columbus, Ohio. The Irish finished the third quarter on a 16-1 run to tie the game at 41. The No. 1-seeded Irish (35-3) completed the second-largest comeback in Final Four history Arike Ogunbowale hit a three with 0.1 remaining to clinch the title for the Irish. It was 17 years ago to the date that Notre Dame won its first NCAA Championship.

Shepard led the Irish in scoring with 19 points and six rebounds

In the fourth quarter, the Irish erased a five-point deficit with under two minutes remaining. A Marina Mabrey three and Jackie Young jumper tied the game at 58 with 45 seconds left.

After a defensive stand and forced turnover, the Irish had the ball with 3.0 seconds left. Ogunbowale received the ball and took a dribble towards the corner before hoisting the game-winning shot.