SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — It's been a tough start to the season for UCLA playing without three projected starters because of injuries, forcing some players to play different positions.
Throw in two mechanical problems with airplanes that forced them to practice at 9 p.m. Friday and then a noon Eastern time start, and the Bruins had obstacles to overcome before even taking the court against fourth-ranked Notre Dame. UCLA had no answers for the Irish, losing 90-48 in a game where they were dominated in almost all areas.
"I thought we had dead legs at the beginning of the game, quite frankly," UCLA coach Cori Close said. "You can't control the circumstances, so you have a mental choice for how you can respond to it. I thought we came out a step slow. They took advantage of that."
The Bruins (3-5) traded baskets with the Irish (8-0) for the first five minutes before the Irish went on a 14-2 run to take control.
"We struggled trying to stop the lob and stop the speed at which the ball was going up the floor," said Atonye Nyingifa, who led the Bruins with 19 points. "I think they went on a run and our team should have responded a lot better by stopping that. But we just let them continue on pushing it."
Madison Cable hit four straight 3-pointers in the second half, making 5-of-6 for the game, and finished with a career-high 21 points and the Irish reserves outscored UCLA's bench 46-0 en route to a 90-48 victory on Saturday.
"What a great day for Madison Cable. That was so fun to watch," Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. "What a fantastic offensive showing."