Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Muffet McGraw reacts on the sidelines against the Baylor Lady Bears during the first half in the championship game of the women's Final Four of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Amalie Arena.
"It's tough", the 5-foot-8 senior from Milwaukee said. I would have liked for us to make one more layup. That intense internal competition is why Baylor was able to eke out back-to-back close wins in the Final Four, despite rarely being tested by other teams during the season. Jackson then scored a jumper from the foul line, and Jessica Shepard countered with two free throws to tie it, setting up the exciting finish.
"I'm one of the leaders of this team, so (I came back) just to have my voice there, to tell them that I'm still OK", Cox said to ESPN.
Before she was forced out, Cox had eight points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots. "But she just went into the huddle and she told us, 'You all got this, you got all this.' It lifted us". "And I just know she's hurt because that kid would have gotten up".
Baylor's path to the championship round similarly required facing a No. 2 seed, with the Bears beating fellow Nike team University of OR 72-67.
Kalani Brown spent much of the opening frame on the bench with cramps to her lower legs, but it didn't stop the Lady Bears.
"We came into the season with all that on us, No. 1, defending champs", she said.
Brianna Turner added 12 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.
Time ran out on Notre Dame as Baylor inbounded the ball.
Jackson's driving layup with six seconds to go put the Bears up two.
In October, Fuller gave birth to a son, Kannon, who Mulkey had with her on the dais after Friday's win and on the floor Sunday after winning the championship. She finished with 31 points.
As the score indicated, the victory that further cemented head coach Kim Mulkey's coaching legacy didn't come easily.
A converted shooting guard moved to the point last fall, Jackson had a career night (26 points, five assists, one turnover), and was named the Women's Final Four's Most Outstanding Player. The victor of the title game will move into sole possession of third place on the all-time list behind Geno Auriemma (11) and Pat Summitt (8). "Holding a child up here is a heck of a lot more touching than holding one right here that's deceased".
In November 2017, Fuller lost her unborn child, Scout Marie. In 2012, Baylor went 40-0 when Makenzie (Robertson) Fuller was a guard on that title team.
Last year's title run by Notre Dame was a shock.
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"My teammates and my coaches, they believe in me", Jackson said.
On Sunday, she called the loss "frustrating". "I won't let this define the whole four years".
McGraw's comments drew both praise and criticism - you can probably guess where most of the criticism was coming from - and became a major subject of conversation in Tampa, Florida. "We had to come together as a family".