Notre Dame's Arike Ogunbowale named ACC female athlete of the year

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

It’s July, and Arike Ogunbowale is still winning awards.

This time, Notre Dame’s rising senior guard was named the 29th recipient of the Mary Garber Award, which honors the female athlete of the year in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Ogunbowale — a 5-foot-8 senior and Milwaukee native — was previously named the 20th All-American in program history, a Naismith Trophy Semifinalist, Wooden Award National Ballot honoree, first team All-ACC member, Spokane Regional MVP and the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player.

Of course, the latter honor was hardly a surprise. Ogunbowale’s back-to-back game-winning buzzer-beaters secured victories over Connecticut and Mississippi State in the Final Four and helped deliver Notre Dame its second national title.

Ogunbowale averaged 20.8 points per game in her junior season, setting an Irish program record. She also notched 20.3 points per game against ranked opponents.

The award is named after former Winstom-Salem (N.C.) Journal sportswriter Mary Garber. Former Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson took home the honor on the men’s side.

Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale lifts the trophy after winning the NCAA women’s basketball National Championship on April 1 in Columbus, Ohio.