NCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship Game Was More Exciting Than Any Men’s Game This Year

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Columbus, OH - April 1, 2018 - Nationwide Arena: Arika Ogunbowale (24) of the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the 2018 NCAA Women's Final Four championship game (Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images)

Here’s an unpopular opinion– at times, women’s basketball is sometimes more fun to watch than men’s basketball because it’s way more fundamental.

There’s been a lot of back-and-forth in recent years about a few women’s teams being so much better than other teams that it’s almost unfair and boring to watch. I don’t disagree with that, but I would also argue that the competition was much more lopsided 10 years ago than today.

The best argument for this is evidenced by the three games during the NCAA Women’s Final Four. All three games ended on a last-second shot. Two of those shots were hit by Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale, who went on to win MVP for Notre Dame.

The championship game between Notre Dame and Mississippi State was an absolute rubber match and the final minutes should be watched over and over again.

Ogunbowale’s final shot was off-balanced and had enough arch on it to run the clock down a full 2 seconds. Pretty unreal. This was Notre Dame’s second women’s basketball championship.


Ogunbowale also hit the final shot in the semi-final game against UCONN.


Also, ESPN delivered this hilarious tweet.