Milwaukee native Arike Ogunbowale hits shot of a lifetime in women's basketball NCAA championship

Posted at 6:14 PM, Apr 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-03 00:20:39-04

Notre Dame's final play in Sunday night's NCAA Women's National Championship basketball game was in the hands of Milwaukee native Arike Ogunbowale.

She hit the game-winning shot against Mississippi State with less than three seconds left in the game. Some are calling it the greatest last second shot in championship game history.

But it's nothing new if you talked to people at her alma mater Divine Savior Holy Angels in Milwaukee. They say Ogunbowale is made for the big stage.

The school's president Ellen Bartel told TODAY'S TMJ4 she always comes through in the clutch.

"Ice water in her veins," said Bartel. "She's worked so hard that she knows when push comes to shove she can do it."

Ogunbowale actually hit two-game winning shots in the Final Four this past weekend, her first against UConn to put the Fighting Irish in the championship game.

"Can anyone name another player who's done it back to back in semi-final and a final game, I've not heard anybody come up with somebody who's equaled that feat," Bartel said.

This weekend's performance even got her a shout out from NBA legend Kobe Bryant.

As her name hangs in the rafters of the DSHA gym, Bartel can only imagine where Ogunbowale’s career will go.

“If the WNBA wasn't already looking at her they have to be looking at her now. I know that she'll be successful with whatever she does because of that incredible work ethic and that ability to focus is so valuable no matter what you do," Bartel said.

Along with hitting the game-winning shot Ogunbowale was also named the tournament's most outstanding player.