That is huge for women's college basketball next season. Voepel began covering women's basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996.
"I think you're always looking at that one thing you could have done differently to make the difference in the game", said head coach Muffet McGraw. Making that last shot would have doomed her team.
Roberts picked a shade of blue with historical overtones for Mulkey's 2019 national championship outfit.
"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.
The win brought Baylor coach Kim Mulkey to tears. Baylor has not offered an update on her condition yet.
Arike Ogunbowale notched 10 points to lead her team back into the game, but everything on the court was overshadowed as Lauren Cox went down with a leg injure with just a couple minutes left in the third. And specifically what the Lady Bears had to do Sunday to beat Notre Dame, the defending national champs. But those substitutions usually come when one of those players are in foul trouble or need a breather, not when one of them had just suffered a game-ending injury. "The worst part of the game was Lauren Cox [getting hurt]", Mulkey said. And we know one thing. "So getting the chance to come here is really a blessing".
Cox and her mother hugged for a full minute, both in tears, during the postgame celebration. She was also the first to hoist the championship trophy.
Congratulations to Baylor on your incredible season and winning the National Championship. Then Mulkey was an assistant coach when Louisiana Tech won the 1988 championship. Chloe Jackson took control of the game for Baylor. I just know when you lose a big-time player in the middle of a national championship game, you're not supposed to win. "But they kept punching", guard Marina Mabrey said.
With 3.9 seconds left, point guard Chloe Jackson drove past Notre Dame's defense to put Baylor ahead at 82-80.
And then came a series of heartbreaks. Another Sweet 16 loss in 2018. But we had the same thing a year ago.
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"Duck your head, you get in there and score it", Mulkey said. She tried to miss the second on goal, hoping for an offensive rebound, but made it.
Baylor 82, Notre Dame 81.
"I felt like we were going to win", Mabrey said. "Any player would rather play in a great environment than possibly be playing where there's 1,500 people, 1,000, that show up for a regional final", he said.
I could go on and on about this game and the emotions surrounding it. "It will be a little bit tougher now, but we've got to battle.' And we did".
Understandably, there were no smiles from the Irish as they hopped off their bus Monday afternoon, but fans say the team still has a lot to be proud of this season. More than 40,000 fans attended the Final Four games, which was the most since 2010. Cox was Baylor's leader in points, rebounds and assists during the tournament and a key to the team's defense.
Over time, nothing has changed about Mulkey's competitiveness.
So what's the story with the baby she was holding and carrying? Both teams entered the tournament as No. 1 seeds.
"The feeling is unreal", Baylor center Kalani Brown said.
He'll hear his grandmother's version, and she will tell it like it was.
"Guys, that wasn't a fluke out there". "I trusted her. There's no tomorrow, so why sit them on the bench?"
"Well, the old school won a national championship".