UCLA bench scoreless in 90-48 loss to No. 4 Irish
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
”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
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
”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
The Irish dominated in almost every category, outrebounding the
Bruins (3-5) 48-35, outscoring them 46-24 in the paint and had a
12-2 advantage in fastbreak points.
Cable said her confidence grew with each shot.
”It felt good, I’ll just say that. My teammates made good
passes and found me when I was open,” she said. ”It was just
Cable missed tying the Purcell Pavilion record for 3-pointers in
a game when she missed her final shot with 25 seconds left.
Kayla McBride, who added 12 points and six assists, said she was
excited to see Cable play so well.
”It doesn’t really surprise me, because when you see her in
practice she doesn’t miss. But just for Maddie to get that
confidence, because we’re going to need her in big games, it was
great for her to go out there and hit those shots,” she said.
Jewell Loyd added 15 points for the Irish and Natalie Achonwa
had 12 points and nine rebounds.
Close said she believes the Irish might be better without Skylar
Diggins, who led the Irish to the NCAA championship game twice
because they are no longer looking for her to make the big
”It’s `What am I going to do and how do I contribute to that
next play?’ You’ve got five of those decision-makers in the mix on
a consistent basis, you have the potential to grow into a stronger
team. That’s what I’ve been impressed with,” she said.