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What N.C.A.A. Women’s Finalists Share: Big Shots That Felled a Giant

“I believe it gave hope to teams that they can beat UConn as well,” William said on Saturday. “Over the years, people have been complaining that UConn’s too good, they just dominate everyone. I feel like there’s programs out there that can get the job done.”

By Saturday morning, William had not yet contacted Ogunbowale, but she said she would probably tell her before Sunday’s tip-off: “You’re an all-American. You’re supposed to do that. I’m proud of you.”

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Ogunbowale celebrated after hitting her 3-pointer on Friday night. William said she hoped to tell Ogunbowale: “You’re supposed to do that. I’m proud of you.”

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But William drew a distinction between her shot and Ogunbowale’s. Her own shot had stopped UConn’s record winning streak, providing both an epic upset and cathartic redemption after the Bulldogs had lost by 60 points to the Huskies in the 2016 N.C.A.A. tournament.

Both shots were great, William said, but she added, “For us to hit that shot and beat them, I just won’t compare it.”

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