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Kobe Bryant Surprises Arike Ogunbowale on 'Ellen'

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 6, 2018

COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 01:  Arike Ogunbowale #24 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish celebrates after scoring the game winning basket with 0.1 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to defeat the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs in the championship game of the 2018 NCAA Women's Final Four at Nationwide Arena on April 1, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish defeated the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs 61-58.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Kobe Bryant surprised Notre Dame Fighting Irish star Arike Ogunbowale during a taping of the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Although he won five titles in the NBA, Bryant noted Ogunbowale has the edge in NCAA championships and that she was responsible for a title-winning shot right before the buzzer—another distinction he cannot claim.

Bryant had congratulated Ogunbowale on Twitter after she hit the decisive shot in Notre Dame's upset of the top-seeded Connecticut Huskies and then again following her game-winner in the national championship two days later:

Kobe Bryant @kobebryant

Big time shot Arike! We are a @UConnWBB family but we love seeing great players making great plays. I know my lil sis @jewellloyd is happy Well done @ndwbb good luck on Sunday #mambamentality 🙌 https://t.co/8DxHkNURN7

Kobe Bryant @kobebryant

WOW! @Arike_O #lifecomplete #MambaMentality

Ogunbowale is one of nine players set to return for Notre Dame in 2018-19, so the Fighting Irish should have a good chance of contending for another title next year.

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