Notre Dame Women's Basketball wins 'Best Play' at ESPYs
The Fighting Irish Women’s Basketball Team were up for a trio of awards at tonight’s ESPY’s including 'Best Team,' 'Best Moment,' and 'Best Play.'
But it was Arike Ogunbawale’s Easter Sunday championship buzzer-beater that took home the Best Play award at tonight’s ESPSYs. Sixteen other plays were up for the award.
"Well, thank you guys, everybody who voted. First, shout out to my amazing teammates. It was a team effort, you guys know this, and I wouldn't be up here without you guys so thank you," said Ogunbawale. "Shout out the best coaching staff in the country. You guys have given my teammates and I an amazing opportunity to play at one of the best universities in the world and be able to compete at the highest level so thank you so much. And shout out to women's basketball as a whole. There's a lot of people with their opinions about us but all I gotta say is come see us on the court. But, thank you!"
"I think we really embody what it means to be the best team. It doesn't come easy to people. Best team is not people that just had an easy road. We definitely had ups and downs, so to be able to overcome that and be able to win the Championship after all the adversity we went through. I think that's what it really means to be the best team," she said.
The 'Best Moment' went to the Minnesota Vikings, and the 'Best Team' went to the Houston Astros.
Other notable awards included the 'Courage Award,' which went to the survivors of the USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal, and the 'Best Coach Award,' which went to Scott Beigel, Aaron Feis, and Chris Hixon, who died at the Parkland shooting.