UCLA bench scoreless in 90-48 loss to No. 4 Irish foxsports Dec 7, 2013 at 4:07p ET 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. Article continues below ... 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.” 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 working.” 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 play. ”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.