Notre Dame guard Arike Ogunbowale after leading fourth-quarter comeback in 81-76 win over Connecticut Mike Berardino, IndyStar

TAMPA, Fla. — Notre Dame wouldn’t be denied.

In a wild game featuring nine ties and 26 lead changes, the defending national champions wiped out a nine-point deficit in the final eight minutes to hand archrival Connecticut an 81-76 defeat in Friday’s Final Four semifinal.

Before a sellout crowd at Amalie Arena, Arike Ogunbowale scored 21 of her team-high 23 points in the second half. That included a 14-point fourth quarter and a key rebound in the final minute with the Irish (35-3) clinging to a three-point lead.  

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