Before Arike Ogunbowale set foot on a WNBA court, she had already made a name for herself as an electrifying player during her college career at Notre Dame. She made an immediate impact as a freshman and was a starter by her sophomore year. As a junior, she led the Fighting Irish to the 2018 title with two different game winners in the NCAA Tournament against UConn and Mississippi State. The Dallas Wings would select her with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2019 draft and she's been off to a hot start to the 2023 WNBA season. She has a couple of Wings teammates in Teaira McCowan and Kalani Brown whom she battled in the NCAA Tournament and at a recent practice, the trio had a hilarious exchange remembering their college days.
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Teaira McCowan was on the Mississippi State team that lost to Notre Dame in the 2018 NCAA Tournament off an Arike Ogunbowale game-winner. It was a different story with Kalani Brown though whose Baylor squad knocked off Ogunbowale and Notre Dame in the 2019 tournament after Ogunbowale missed a critical free-throw in a one-point loss.
The trio are all teammates now in the WNBA and the Wings have gotten off to a solid 3-1 start under new head coach Latricia Trammell. Ogunbowale has been the driving force behind the solid start. Through the first four games of the season she's been averaging a career-high 25.3 points per game, 4.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.8 steals with splits of 37.4 percent shooting from the field, 32.5 percent shooting from the three-point line and 90.9 percent shooting from the free-throw line.