Baylor recovered after blowing a 17-point lead and losing a star player, beating Notre Dame 82-81 for the NCAA women’s basketball championship Sunday night when 2018 tournament hero Arike Ogunbowale missed a foul shot in the final seconds.

Chloe Jackson made a layup to put Baylor ahead with 3.9 seconds left. Notre Dame called timeout and inbounded to Ogunbowale, whose buzzer-beating jumper in the championship game lifted Notre Dame to last year’s title. Ogunbowale was fouled trying for a layup, then missed the first of two free throws. She made the second, but the Irish never got the ball back.

The Lady Bears (37-1) won their first championship in seven years.

Baylor coach Kim Mulkey encourages her team during the first half against Notre Dame in the Final Four championship game of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Baylor coach Kim Mulkey encourages her team during the first half against Notre Dame in the Final Four championship game of the NCAA women’s college basketball tournament Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Baylor was able to pull off the win without star forward Lauren Cox, who injured her knee late in the third quarter. The Irish were able to rally from a 14-point deficit in the third quarter to tie the game at 78.

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Baylor forward Lauren Cox (15) blocks a shot by Notre Dame forward Brianna Turner (11) during the first half of the Final Four championship game of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)
Baylor forward Lauren Cox (15) blocks a shot by Notre Dame forward Brianna Turner (11) during the first half of the Final Four championship game of the NCAA women’s college basketball tournament, Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)
Baylor center Kalani Brown (21) drives to the basket as Notre Dame forward Brianna Turner defends during the first half of the Final Four championship game of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Baylor center Kalani Brown (21) drives to the basket as Notre Dame forward Brianna Turner defends during the first half of the Final Four championship game of the NCAA women’s college basketball tournament Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Notre Dame forward Brianna Turner (11) attempts to block a shot by Baylor center Kalani Brown (21) during the first half of the Final Four championship game of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Notre Dame forward Brianna Turner (11) attempts to block a shot by Baylor center Kalani Brown (21) during the first half of the Final Four championship game of the NCAA women’s college basketball tournament Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw signals to the team, during the first half against Baylor in the Final Four championship game of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw signals to the team, during the first half against Baylor in the Final Four championship game of the NCAA women’s college basketball tournament Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw yells to her team during the first half against Baylor in the Final Four championship game of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw yells to her team during the first half against Baylor in the Final Four championship game of the NCAA women’s college basketball tournament Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
Baylor center Kalani Brown, left, and Notre Dame center Mikayla Vaughn (30) go after a loose ball, during the first half of the Final Four championship game of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Baylor center Kalani Brown, left, and Notre Dame center Mikayla Vaughn (30) go after a loose ball, during the first half of the Final Four championship game of the NCAA women’s college basketball tournament, Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Baylor forward Lauren Cox yells as she holds her left knee, during the second half against Notre Dame in the Final Four championship game of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Baylor forward Lauren Cox yells as she holds her left knee, during the second half against Notre Dame in the Final Four championship game of the NCAA women’s college basketball tournament Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Baylor forward Lauren Cox is assisted off the court after she injured her knee during the second half of the team's Final Four championship game against Notre Dame in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Baylor forward Lauren Cox is assisted off the court after she injured her knee during the second half of the team’s Final Four championship game against Notre Dame in the NCAA women’s college basketball tournament Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)