The 2019 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament champion will be crowned Sunday. Here’s who advanced from the Friday night lights of this year’s Final Four:
Baylor Lady Bears advance with 72-67 win over the Oregon Ducks
Oregon Ducks guard Sabrina Ionescu rode into the Final Four matchup against Baylor on the momentum of receiving her second Nancy Lieberman Award — an award reserved for the top point guard in the country. With the Ducks making their first-ever appearance in the Final Four, people expected a lot out of this feisty, confident team. And, boy, did they deliver — tying the game and leading repeatedly, giving the Bears a challenge. But Baylor extended the lead in final minutes and Ducks ran out of time to counter.
Baylor center Kalani Brown was the game-high scorer with 22 points and her center sister Lauren Cox scored 21.
The Baylor Lady Bears are headed to Sunday’s NCAAW Championship game!
Notre Dame Fighting Irish defeat UConn Huskies, 81-76
In similar fashion to the night’s early Final Four match, UConn-Notre Dame was a tight battle for much of the game, but with neither team playing to their capabilities and the Huskies, especially, under-performing by missing a ton of shots they normally make. With the game tied with eight minutes left in regulation, the Fighting Irish clamped down defensively and extended the lead to a seven-point advantage. Notre Dame did enough to advance to Sunday’s championship game for the second straight year, making their title defense a reality. UConn, meanwhile, returns to Storrs heartbroken after losing in the semifinals for the third straight year.
NCAAW National Championship
When: Sunday, April 7, at 6 p.m. ET
Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
How to watch: ESPN, WatchESPN
This story was updated to include the results of the UConn-Notre Dame game.