Baylor coach Kim Mulkey celebrates title with baby grandson Kannon

Baylor coach Kim Mulkey celebrates title with baby grandson Kannon

The Fighting Irish were trying to become only the third team to win consecutive women's national titles. We said earlier that it was going to come down to whoever got the stop. "Sometimes defending champs aren't really because they don't have their team back". "We finally punched back, but it took too long".

"From the time, I left (Cox) on that floor to get to that huddle, I needed to regroup", Mulkey said. "I trusted her. There's no tomorrow, so why sit them on the bench?" "I love her. She wants to win so much".

"For us to win probably was a miracle in itself when you lose a player of that caliber, not only the talent she has, but she's our leader, people. That was my problem most of the year".

"Tired. A good exhausted, " said Mulkey, the AP coach of the year and coach for all three of Baylor's national championships during her 19 seasons.

"Well, I trusted her", an emotionally drained Kim Mulkey said at the postgame presser, sitting at the podium. And if nine-tenths of them are here for UConn, that's great.

Chloe Jackson nailed a pull-up jumper to give the Lady Bears the lead with 33.2 seconds left, then came off a screen by DiDi Richards and drove in for a scoop layup with 3.9 seconds for the game victor as Baylor held on for a courageous, emotional and hard-fought 82-81 victory for its third national championship in program history.

To do it, the Irish need to beat Baylor, which is going for its first title since 2012. Outside of one start this season, she is typically Mulkey's first player off the bench, averaging 15.7 minutes of playing time per-game.

Mulkey can appreciate how hard it is to repeat as champions. One of them was guard Chameka Scott, an effervescent guard who never met a stranger. "I've been the favorite and not won as there are no guarantees in this business".

Sunday's game will mark the eighth time in the past 20 years that there have been two female head coaches in the title game but only the second time since 2008. The whole time, she was coaching on the sideline.

Baylor recovered after blowing a 17-point lead and losing a star player, beating Notre Dame 82-81 for the NCAA women's basketball championship Sunday night when 2018 tournament hero Arike Ogunbowale missed a foul shot in the final seconds. Griner holds the top two spots on the list with 40 in 2010 and 31 in 2012.

Notre Dame would find their shooting touch, sparking a 9-0 run over Baylor, but the Lady Bears would put an end to it with more inside passing. Congratulations to Notre Dame on, yet another, tremendous season as well. So proud of her.

"Really, I was just praying that she missed those free throws", Smith said, laughing. She hit her shots.

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"It's sad, especially being my last game. A national championship is what I came here for". Cox, who hobbled to the sidelines on crutches to celebrate with her teammates after the final buzzer, told ESPN that she's unsure about the severity of her injury. The Irish counter with Turner and Jessica Shepard in the post. The Lady Bears had only a 38-33 advantage in their win over Oregon. "They were getting more offensive boards and second-chance opportunities than we were", Mulkey said. "You know, as our game continues to grow, hopefully, you can get a site where it's not right in someone's backyard".

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