Baylor, Notre Dame advance to Women's Final Four title game

Baylor, Notre Dame advance to Women's Final Four title game

Chloe Jackson scored the go-ahead basket with 40 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter as top-seeded Baylor advanced to the NCAA Women's Tournament championship game with a 72-67 victory over second-seeded OR on Friday night in Tampa, Fla.

Baylor made their free throws down the stretch to secure the victory.

Ionsecu averaged 19.9 points, 8.2 assists and 7.4 rebounds this season.

The three-time All-American won her second-straight Nancy Lieberman award, given to the best point guard each year, this week, and won the Wade Trophy - which is given to the nation's top player by the WBCA. The Ducks made 12 3-pointers as a team, one shy of matching the Final Four single-game record. "Didi has length. She's bugging you, she's active... look, they are really hard to defend".

Brown and Cox were able to notch a few more points, but Ionescu closed the quarter on a six point run including a make just before half over Richards where the Ducks drew a foul.

Top WNBA Draft prospect Sabrina Ionescu announced her return to OR next season with a letter in The Players' Tribune on Saturday. I'm really proud of them.

"She finally started going to the offensive boards like, 'hey, I'm 6'7, I'm coming in here and you're gonna have to stop me", said Mulkey.

After that miss, Baylor senior Chloe Jackson relied on a screen from Brown to convert the eventual game-winning layup. I just don't know if we ever got our game going. "We saw bits and pieces of it here and there. No magical words", Mulkey said. Ionescu shot 6-of-24, including 0-of-7 in the fourth quarter.

With several of the top teams in the country, including Baylor, Notre Dame, UConn, Louisville and Mississippi State set to lose major contributors OR will be as well positioned as any to capitalize. "We made the Elite Eight (and lost big)". Oregon, facing the pressure of the Bears and of the moment, tightened up and missed its final five shot attempts. OR coach Kelly Graves had said coming into the game that his team would need to make at least 12 3-pointers to have a realistic chance. But the trio's 11 3-pointers were no match for what Baylor had going on under the basket.

We have unfinished business.And I mean that from the bottom of my heart.

We got a taste. The Lady Bears are 218-1 all-time when shooting better than 50 percent from the field. Baylor's powerful post players combined to score 43 points on 18-of-26 shooting. Boley hit two 3-pointers to give OR an 11-4 edge before Mulkey subbed in 6-foot-2 NaLyssa Smith to give the already imposing Baylor lineup even more size.

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