It wasn’t unthinkable, considering that Connecticut also lost on a last-second shot in the 2017 Women’s Final Four, but the reactions of fans everywhere proved it was still a shocker that Notre Dame sent the Huskies home without a title again.
Stop us if you’ve heard this before, but the Connecticut Huskies looked to have another unstoppable juggernaut en route to their umpteenth women’s basketball championship. They entered Friday’s Final Four tilt against fellow 1-seed Notre Dame 36-0 and were thought to be pretty heavy favorites to advance.
Thanks to an overtime thriller that came down to an Arike Ogunbowale jumper with only a second left, UConn is now 36-1 and out of the tourney. It was eerily similar to last year, when the Huskies were dispatched by Mississippi State on a shot in the closing seconds of overtime as well.
Even with that little bit of deja vu, it’s always a shocker when a program as dominant as the UConn women goes down in such breathtaking fashion, and Twitter was there for it on Friday night.
Yep, that’s pretty much the entire range of amazed reactions, from people praising the game of women;s hoops in general to these particular Final Four games (the other semifinal between Mississippi State and Louisville also went into overtime) to Kobe Bryant getting a shoutout from the player who hit the game-winner. Good stuff.
The Irish will go on to play Mississippi State for the national championship on Sunday night, which might be a good thing for their run, as they lost to Louisville twice already in 2018. One thing’s for sure: If the final game of the women’s hoops season is as good as this one, people will be up for it, UConn or no UConn.