2018 ESPYs Play of the Year: Winner, Acceptance Speech and Twitter Reaction

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJuly 19, 2018

COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 01:  Arike Ogunbowale #24 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish hoists the NCAA championship trophy after scoring the game winning basket 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)
Andy Lyons/Getty Images

After helping the Notre Dame Fighting Irish cut down the nets in April, Arike Ogunbowale added some more hardware to her trophy case Wednesday by winning the ESPY for the 2018 Best Play.

Her buzzer-beater against Mississippi State to win the 2018 national championship stood out above the rest:

The shot—which gave the program its second championship—beat out the Philadelphia Eagles' "Philly Special," Florida State third baseman Jessie Warren's diving double play and high school basketball player Blake Peters' 80-foot buzzer-beater to be declared the top play of the year.

It was a tournament of a lifetime for Ogunbowale. Not only did she score 18 and hit the game-winning bucket in the title game, but she also dropped 27 in the Final Four against the previously undefeated UConn Huskies...and she won that game with a buzzer-beater as well:

Little did she know at the time, that would not be her most memorable shot of the tournament.

Her late-game heroics even caught the attention of her idol, Kobe Bryant:

When she was announced as the winner, the internet started to buzz:

Ogunbowale's shot joins the likes of Odell Beckham Jr.'s legendary catch, Jadeveon Clowney's jaw-dropping hit and Abby Wambach's last-minute goal against Brazil in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup as winners of the ESPY Best Play of the Year award.

Related

    She Scored 53 Pts and Has an 'Astroworld' Shoutout

    Women's College Basketball logo
    Women's College Basketball

    She Scored 53 Pts and Has an 'Astroworld' Shoutout

    Mirin Fader
    via Bleacher Report

    Sixers Hire Ex-Duke Star Harding as Scout

    Women's College Basketball logo
    Women's College Basketball

    Sixers Hire Ex-Duke Star Harding as Scout

    Kyle Newport
    via Bleacher Report

    Unified Korean women's basketball team wins at Asian Games

    Women's College Basketball logo
    Women's College Basketball

    Unified Korean women's basketball team wins at Asian Games

    Yahoo
    via Yahoo

    Why UConn vs. Tennessee’s renewed rivalry is just what women’s college basketball needs

    Women's College Basketball logo
    Women's College Basketball

    Why UConn vs. Tennessee’s renewed rivalry is just what women’s college basketball needs

    SBNation.com
    via SBNation.com