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  • Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw celebrates by cutting down the net after defeating Mississippi State in the final of the women's NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament, Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. Notre Dame won 61-58. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

  • Notre Dame's Arike Ogunbowale (24) celebrates with teammates after making a 3-point basket to defeat Mississippi State 61-58 in the final of the women's NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament, Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

  • Notre Dame's Arike Ogunbowale celebrates by cutting down the net after a 61-58 victory over Mississippi State in the final of the women's NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament, Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. Notre Dame won 61-58. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Monday, April 02, 2018 4:50 pm

Irish eyes are indeed smiling: Notre Dame celebrates title

DOUG FEINBERG | Associated Press

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Notre Dame has returned to campus the day after Arike Ogunbowale's epic shot lifted the Irish to their second basketball championship.

Her last-second 3-pointer Sunday night sent Notre Dame to a 61-58 victory over Mississippi State. It will go down as one of the most iconic shots in women's basketball and forever be remembered in Irish lore.

A few thousand fans welcomed the team in South Bend, Indiana, for a campus celebration that came 17 years to the day since the first title.

Coach Muffet McGraw told The Associated Press she hasn't decided whether the Irish would accept an invitation to the White House if offered. She says she will discuss it with the team.