Notre Dame had beaten undefeated UConn in similar fashion on Friday - with another Ogunbowale game-winning shot in the waning seconds - and Kobe had congratulated the Irish junior with a tweet before cautioning that the job wasn't done yet.
The NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament had brought plenty of drama to Columbus, Ohio, in a Final Four featuring both games going to overtime.
Notre Dame needed a jumper from Arike Ogunbowale with 1 second left to overcome UConn in OT on Friday.
It was the second straight game that she hit a shot in the final second to carry the Irish.
Ogunbowale then took an inbounds pass, headed toward the corner after dribbling twice and swished the off-balance triple with 0.1 second to give Notre Dame its second national championship. She finished the game with 18 points.
But also give State credit for reaching the national championship game for the second time in two years. It won the game. "Three exciting games. I hope the ratings reflect it", Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said after the 61-58 win Sunday night.
Apparently depth is overrated.
The title was Notre Dame's first since 2001.
The clutch moment secured the Notre Dame women's basketball program's first national title in 17 years. That's what it comes down to, one more play. But I definitely don't regret the decision, " she told Time after their Championship win on Sunday.
And it proved prophetic. More alarming, the Irish scored only 3 points in the second quarter against Mississippi State's relentless defense, allowing the Bulldogs to pull ahead by double figures.
It was the second year in a row that Mississippi State (37-2) fell short in the title game.
How it was won: Notre Dame overcame a awful first half in which it was held to a season-low 17 points.
Victoria Vivians led MSU with 21 points. The Bulldogs had to rely nearly exclusively on Vivians and McCowan, who combined for 18 of Mississippi State's 28 points after halftime.
She said her "life was complete" after being noticed by Bryant. The Irish tied it up on the next possession and that five-point lead evaporated and was tied up with less than a minute left.
Schaefer's version of the second half? William would have been at the line with 0:03 left and a chance for the Bulldogs' first championship. She was 1 for 10 from the field in the first half and missed her first two shots in the third quarter. That led to an 16-1 run by the Irish that tied things up at 41 at the end of three and make it a new game. "We're a great free throw shooting team and we go 10 for 17". "The fighting spirit of Notre Dame is just unbelievable".
She's a legend, but this one will sting Mississippi State fans for a while.
"Watching the shot again, again and again and seeing everyone's reaction was special", McGraw said.
"I can only imagine the number of little girls all over Milwaukee, or the State of Wisconsin or our country that have now think, 'I want to do that someday.' She's inspiring", said Ellen Bartel, DSHA president.