Women's Basketball



NCAA National Championship: ND WBB 61, Mississippi State 58 (USATSI)

For the second time in program history, the Notre Dame women's basketball team are your NCAA National Champions.


NCAA Final Four: ND WBB vs. UConn (USATSI)

The Fighting Irish pulled off a 91-89 overtime victory over the top-ranked and unbeaten Huskies in the national semis.


NCAA Elite Eight: ND WBB vs. Oregon (USATSI)

The Fighting Irish take on the Ducks in the Spokane Regional Final with a trip to the Women's Final Four on the line.


NCAA Sweet 16: ND WBB vs. Texas A&M (USATSI)

The Fighting Irish take on the Aggies in Spokane in a regional semifinal.


No. 1-seed Notre Dame vs. CSUN - NCAA Tournament First Round

Notre Dame takes on Cal State Northridge in the First Round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

• Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Top-5 Finalist
 WBCA All-American // AP Second Team All-American // USBWA Second Team All-American // USA Today Second Team All-American // espnW Second Team All-American
 Final Four Most Outstanding Player
 Spokane All-Regional Team and MVP
 Naismith Trophy Semifinalist
 Wooden Award National Ballot
 WBCA Wade Trophy Watch List
 First Team All-ACC
 All-ACC Tournament First Team
 One-time ACC Player of the Week
 Gulf Coast Showcase All-Tournament Team.

• Naismith Trophy Top-30
• NCAA Regional Most Outstanding Performer
• NCAA All-Regional Team
• WBCA All-Region Team
• ACC All-Tournament First-Team
• EspnW National Player of the Week (11/21/16)
• Preseason WNIT Tournament MVP
• ACC Player of the Week (11/14/16)
• Naismith Trophy Watch List

• ACC All-Freshman Team (Blue Ribbon & Coaches)
• ACC All-Academic Team
• ACC Rookie of the Week (12/14/15)

Points: 32, 2x (last at Michigan, 11/29/17)
Rebounds: 10, 4x (last vs ETSU, 11/24/17)
Field Goals Made: 13 (at Michigan, 11/29/17)
Field Goals Attempted: 25 (at UConn, 12/3/17)
3PT FG's Made: 5, 5x (last vs Duke, 3/5/17)
3PT FG's Attempted: 10 (at UConn, 12/3/17)
Free Throws Made: 12 (vs Miami, 1/4/18)
Free Throws Attempted: 13 (vs Miami, 1/4/18)
Assists: 6 (at Virginia Tech, 2/2/17)
Blocks: 1, 10x (last vs DePaul, 12/17/17)
Steals: 4, 3x (last vs UNC, 2/1/18)
Minutes: 45 (vs UConn, 3/30/18)

Double-figure scoring games: 89
20+ point games: 33
30+ point games: 4
Double-figure rebound games: 4
Double-doubles: 4


• Started all 38 games. Her 20.8 ppg scoring average led the league, ranked 18th in the nation and set a new ND single season record. Her 791 total points also set a new ND record while her 291 made field goals ranked second.
• Ice Twice - Off an in-bounds play near team bench, Arike hit yet another Final Four buzzer beater, this time for the national championship vs Miss State. Arike finished with 18 points and was named Final Four MOP.
• With one second left in overtime vs UConn in the National Semifinal, Ogunbowale delivered the dagger that gave the Irish a 91-89 win. Ogunbowale finished with 27 points with nine in the fourth and six in the overtime period.
• Arike’s 145 points in the NCAA Tournament were the fifth most all-time and the most by an Irish player, topping Ruth Riley’s 139 in 2001. Arike averaged 24.2 ppg during the tourney and 22.5 at the Final Four.
• Arike led the ACC with 25 games of 20+ points and shattered the previous single season record at ND, surpassing Jewell Loyd’s and Katryna Gaither’s 20.
• Recorded five straight games with 20-plus points from FSU on March 3 to Texas A&M on March 24, coming one point shy of making it six straight with 19 points vs Oregon. Marked the best stretch of her career.
• Played 16 ranked teams this season and in those games Arike averaged 20.3 ppg.
• Arike averaged a team best 6.3 points in the fourth quarter on 53.5 percent shooting, including a .436 clip from three. She reached double-digit points in the fourth quarter alone seven times, including twice in the ACC Tourney. Ogunbowale tallied 15 points combined in the fourth quarter & overtime period vs UConn.
• Game high 27 points in come-from-behind win over No. 6 Tennessee. Hit the game-tying free throws at the 5:48 mark, before finishing 6-for-6 at the stripe.
• Named both ACC Player of the Week and the USBWA Ann Meyers Drysdale National Player of the Week after averaging 25.0 points in the win over Clemson and the historic comeback rally over No. 6 Tennessee.
• Became the 37th member of Notre Dame’s 1,000-point club in Nov. 11 opener vs Mount St. Mary’s. Reached 1,500 points in game No. 26 at Virginia. Currently on pace to challenge Skylar Diggins’ (2,357) all-time scoring record at Notre Dame. Her 1,777 career points ranks 8th all-time at ND.
• Exploded with a career-high tying 32 points at Michigan on Nov. 29, scoring 20 of those points in the first half. Also set a new career best 13 made field goals. Earned her second 30-point game this season vs CSUN in first round of NCAA Tournament, knocking down 12 of her 20 shots.

• Started 36 of the 37 games played, averaging 19.3 minutes
• Finished the season ranked 13th in the ACC in field goal percentage (.449) and fifth in total points (588).
• Was 10th in the conference in points per game (15.9) and 15th in three-point field goals made (64)
• Saw only six games without scoring in double figures
• Recorded three double-doubles
• Kicked off her sophomore campaign with a 30-point performance in win over Central Michigan in the Preseason WNIT on Nov. 11. Shot an impressive 12-of-13 form the field
• Was named EspnW Player of the Week on Nov. 21 after averaging 19.5 points per game in the WNIT Preseason tournament
• Earned Preseason WNIT Most Valuable Player honors after scoring a team-high 17 points with five rebounds, four steals and three assists in the championship game versus Washington on Nov. 20
• Flirted with a double-double against TCU scoring 19 points and snatching seven rebounds on Nov. 26
• Went 4-for-4 from the behind the arc against Virginia on Jan. 29, finishing with 21 points
• Recorded her first career double-double with 16 points against Virginia Tech on Feb. 2 when she collected a career-high 10 rebounds and a career-high six assists
• Continued to shine against Louisville on Feb. 6, playing 31 minutes while knocking down 22 points
• Notched 21 points and 5 rebounds in the ACC Championship game against Duke in route to a ACC Championship Title
• Picked up her third career double-double with 15 points and tied her career high of 10 rebounds against Robert Morris on March 17 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament
• Played a career-high 40 minutes and recorded 18 points and nine rebounds in the team’s overtime win vs Purdue in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on March 19
• Scored a career-high 32 points and gathered nine rebounds in the NCAA Sweet 16 win over Ohio State on March 24

• Played all 35 games and averaged 19.3 minutes per contest
• Ranked 26th in ACC in scoring (11.4 ppg - fifth among freshmen)
• Joined classmate Marina Mabrey (10.7 ppg) as first bench duo in program history to post double-figure scoring averages in same season
• Also just the second pair of freshmen in program history to score in double digits in same season (first was 1981-82 when Mary Beth Schueth averaged 13.0 ppg and Carrie Bates averaged 12.4 ppg)
• Had highest season scoring average by a Notre Dame reserve since 2002-03
• Ranked fourth among ACC freshmen with 22 double-figure scoring games, including 11 games with at least 15 points
• Ranked 14th in ACC in free-throw percentage (.768) and 20th in scoring (12.6 ppg) during league play
• Averaged 10.8 ppg and shot .500 from three-point range vs. Top-25 teams
• Made college debut in reserve role against Bucknell, collecting nine points in 17 minutes 
• Piled up 16 points and a game-best eight rebounds at Valparaiso on Nov. 23
• Registered 10 points, five rebounds and two steals in win over No. 10/12 Ohio State on Dec. 2
• Dropped in 12 points (3-for-4 3FG) at No. 1 UConn on Dec. 5
• Tallied 16 points (7-12 FG) in 14 minutes against No. 18/17 DePaul on Dec. 9
• Led team with 21 points (7-for-12 FG) at TCU on Dec. 12
• Shared team-high scoring honors with 14 points in Big Monday win over No. 18/15 Tennessee on Jan. 18
• Logged game-high 18 points (5-for-8 FG), six rebounds and two steals in win over No. 19/17 Miami on Feb. 14
• Registered team-high 14 points in ACC Tournament quarterfinal win over Duke
• Picked up 11 points and game-high seven rebounds in NCAA Championship first-round victory over North Carolina A&T 

• Graduated from Divine Savior Holy Angels High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
• Career per-game statistical averages of 22.2 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.2 steals with .544 field-goal percentage and .389 three-point percentage
• Scored 2,240 points in her career, good for sixth on Wisconsin all-time scoring list
• As a senior in 2014-15, averaged 27.2 points (second in state), 9.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.5 steals per game with three double-doubles, pacing DSHA to a 25-2 record, Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Division I state championship and Greater Metro Conference title
• Scored 763 total points, tying for seventh-highest single-season performance in state history 
• Posted eight 30-point games, including a school-record 55 points in state semifinal win over Middleton
• As a junior, averaged 22.7 points, 12.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.8 steals per game with 19 double-doubles while leading her team to a 20-5 record and Greater Metro Conference title
• As a sophomore, paced Divine Savior Holy Angels to a 21-4 record and a spot in WIAA Division I sectional semifinals as well as a runner-up finish in the Greater Metro Conference
• As a freshman, helped her school to a 17-6 record and a second-place finish in the Greater Metro Conference while collecting 17.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.9 steals with seven double-doubles, shooting 46.3 percent from the field as well as 34.3 percent from the three-point line
• Holds Divine Savior Holy Angels single-season school records for points, rebounds and fewest turnovers (12 in 2012-13)
• Played AAU basketball for Minnesota North Tartan club and head coach Greg Dietel
• Also played on AAU circuit for Wisconsin’s Playground Elite, helping club to 2011 AAU Under-15 national championship

• 2015 McDonald’s High School All-America selection (just the third Wisconsin native ever to earn McDonald’s All-America status)
• Finalist for 2015 Morgan Wootten Award
• Played in 2015 Jordan Brand Classic
• 2015 Parade All-American
• 2015 USA Today All-USA Second Team choice
• 2015 Naismith Trophy second-team All-American
• 2015 WBCA All-American
• Three-time Gatorade Wisconsin High School Player of the Year (2013, 2014, 2015)
• Three-time Associated Press Wisconsin High School Player of the Year (2013, 2014, 2015)
• 2015 USA Today Wisconsin Player of the Year
• 2015 Wisconsin Miss Basketball
• Four-time USA Today All-USA Wisconsin First Team pick (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
• Four-time Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Division I All-State First Team choice (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
• Three-time Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Area Player of the Year (2013, 2014, 2015)
• Four-time Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel All-Area First Team (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
• Four-time Greater Metro Conference Most Valuable Player (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
• Ranked No. 4 in Class of 2015 by All-Star Girls Report
• Ranked No. 5 by Prospects Nation & No. 6 by Blue Star Basketball
• Ranked No. 10 (five-star player) by espnW Hoopgurlz/Dan Olson Collegiate Girls Basketball Report

• Five-time USA Basketball medalist (four gold, one silver)
• USA Basketball teams have a combined 44-2 (.957) record with Ogunbowale on the roster
• Most recently, led the U23 USA squad to the Four Nations Tournament title after a 3-0 sweep over Australia, Canada and Japan. Ogunbowale averaged 8.3 ppg with a team-high marks of 17 points and four steals vs Canada
• Paced Team USA to a silver medal and 8-1 record at 2015 FIBA U18 3x3 World Championships in Debrecen, Hungary
• Earned 2015 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship All-Tournament Team honors after leading tournament in scoring (6.7 ppg.)
• Helped the United States to 13-0 record and gold medal at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China
• Averaged 6.6 points per game in the tournament, including seven points and basket that put the Americans ahead for good with three minutes left in 19-10 gold medal victory over Netherlands
• Also in 2014, played for the USA Basketball U17 National Team that went 7-0 en route to the gold medal at the FIBA U17 World Championship in Czech Republic 
• Started all seven games for Team USA, averaging 10.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game with a team-high .435 three-point shooting percentage
• Also ranked second on team in steals (13) and third in scoring
• Member of the 2013 USA Basketball U16 National Team that went 5-0 and earned the gold medal at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Cancun, Mexico
• Averaged 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game
• Suited up alongside current Notre Dame forward Brianna Turner for the 2013 USA Basketball 3x3 U18 World Championship Team that won the gold medal with an 8-1 record in Jakarta, Indonesia 
• During USA Basketball career, has competed in six foreign countries (China, Czech Republic, Hungary, Indonesia, Mexico and Japan)

• First name means “something that you see and you cherish” in her father’s native Nigeria
• Daughter of Yolanda and Gregory Ogunbowale. Youngest of three children
• Older brother, Dare, was a running back at the University of Wisconsin
• Mother, Yolanda, was a softball pitcher at DePaul University
• Father, Gregory, played soccer and rugby and later served in Nigerian Army 
• Second player of Nigerian heritage to play for Notre Dame in recent years, following in footsteps of former All-America forward/Canadian National Team member Natalie Achonwa (2010-14)
• An extremely gifted soccer player in her youth, winning four Wisconsin State Cup championships during her club soccer days with Lake Country United (2010-12) and FC Milwaukee (2009)
• Active in numerous community service projects including Special Olympics and Ronald McDonald House
• Was member of high school’s Sister of Culture Club and Student-Athlete Advisory Council 


Arike Ogunbowale
Arike  Ogunbowale


Milwaukee, Wis.

High School:
Divine Savior Holy Angels



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