Baylor's Chloe Jackson points to God as she earns Most Outstanding Player of Women's Final Four

Baylor is the 2019 women’s national champions after a thrilling 82-81 victory over Notre Dame on Sunday night. Leading the way for the Bears was Chloe Jackson, who hit the game-winning layup with 3.9 seconds left.

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Out of an ensuing timeout, last year’s championship game hero, Arike Ogunbowale of Notre Dame, was fouled going to the basket. But she missed her first free throw, and after an inbounds play, the Lady Bears were celebrating a title.

Jackson, a graduate transfer, was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four after a season-high 26 points to go along with five assists in the title game.

“Hard work, patience, believing in God,” Jackson said postgame on ESPN. “I never knew what my plan was going to be but I just believed in Him all the way. I wouldn’t be here without Him.”

The Lady Bears (37-1) won their first championship since 2012 and were able to pull off the win without their star forward Lauren Cox, who injured her knee late in the third quarter. After Baylor led by 14 points, Notre Dame fought back to tie the game late at 78, but Baylor was able to pull out the win in thrilling fashion.

“God is good and He blessed these kids,” Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said on ESPN. “They fought through it … I just know when you lose a big-time player in the middle of a national championship game, you’re not supposed to win … We just beat the defending national champions. That team is so good.”

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