TAMPA, Fla. — Behind a typically strong performance from its frontcourt and feisty defense from its perimeter players, Baylor fended off Notre Dame 82-81 Sunday night to claim the national championship and a place in women’s college basketball history.

The win against the defending national champ Fighting Irish makes Baylor just the third program in Division I with three or more championships, joining Connecticut and Tennessee. The Bears’ previous championships came in 2005 and 2012, both under longtime head coach Kim Mulkey.

This year saw the Bears assume the top spot in the polls in January and never look back, ripping off a 29-game winning streak to end the season that featured just four games decided by single digits.

Baylor Lady Bears guard Chloe Jackson

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