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Family of the Final Four

Through overtimes, buzzer-beaters, heartbreak and glory, players and coaches at the NCAA women's basketball Final Four leaned on each other.

Notre Dame guard Arike Ogunbowale is introduced before the 2018 women's national championship game against Mississippi State at Nationwide Arena. Andrew Hancock for ESPN

Louisville Cardinals hold hands during the national anthem before their national semifinal against Mississippi State. Andrew Hancock for ESPN

The UConn bench reacts to a basket by forward Azura Stevens during the first half of the national semifinals against Notre Dame. Michael F. McElroy for ESPN

UConn guard Crystal Dangerfield and her teammates feel the excitement as the Huskies storm back in the final quarter against Notre Dame. Andrew Hancock for ESPN

Notre Dame head coach Muffett McGraw tempers her team's enthusiasm after nearly giving up a lead during the fourth quarter of the semifinals game against the Connecticut Huskies.Andrew Hancock for ESPN

Notre Dame center Brianna Turner, who suffered a ruptured ACL in her left knee during the 2017 NCAA women's basketball tournament, holds tight to her teammates during overtime against UConn. Andrew Hancock for ESPN

The UConn bench is deflated after Notre Dame's Ogunbowale makes a jumper with a second left in overtime to beat UConn, ending the Huskies' previously undefeated season. Andrew Hancock for ESPN

Notre Dame's bench erupts onto the court as time winds down in overtime as the Irish upset UConn.Andrew Hancock for ESPN

Trailing late in the game vs. Notre Dame, UConn's Kia Nurse and Katie Lou Samuelson take in the moment on the court. Andrew Hancock for ESPN

Ogunbowale (24) celebrates after sinking a 3-pointer to win the game vs. UConn.Andrew Hancock for ESPN

Mississippi State's Teaira McCowan is surrounded by teammates Blair Schaefer, Victoria Vivians and Roshunda Johnson during the second half of the championship game. McCowan earned the 2018 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award. Andrew Hancock for ESPN

Louisville forward Sam Fuehring and head coach Jeff Walz talk during a timeout against Mississippi State in the semifinals. Andrew Hancock for ESPN

Louisville senior Myisha Hines-Allen is met by Walz after fouling out during overtime of the semifinals against Mississippi State. Andrew Hancock for ESPN

Both the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs rally together during the second quarter of the 2018 women's national championship game.Andrew Hancock for ESPN

Notre Dame's Ogunbowale leaps into Jessica Shepard's arms after her 3-pointer at the buzzer against Mississippi State that gave Notre Dame its second national title. Andrew Hancock for ESPN

After a hard-fought tournament, Notre Dame secured the national championship with a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Mississippi State guard Nyah Tate walks off the court after Notre Dame won the national championship for the first time in 17 years. Andrew Hancock for ESPN

Notre Dame guard Marina Mabrey hugs Ogunbowale as the team awaits the NCAA national championship trophy. Michael F. McElroy for ESPN

Confetti rains on Notre Dame senior Kathryn Westbeld signaling an end to her career with the Irish and memories that will last a lifetime. Andrew Hancock for ESPN

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