SOUTH BEND, Ind. – It has been a tough start to the season for UCLA, playing without three projected starters because of injuries.
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 taking the basketball court against fourth-ranked Notre Dame.
UCLA had no answers for the Irish, losing 90-48 on Saturday in a game where it was 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.”
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Madison Cable of Notre Dame (8-0) finished with a career-high 21 points to help the Irish reserves outscore UCLA’s bench 46-0.
Atonye Nyingifa led UCLA (3-5) with 19 points.
Cal wins in OT
BERKELEY, Calif. – Reshanda Gray scored 23 points, including the go-ahead basket in overtime, and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead California to a 68-66 victory over Pacific.
Gray’s two free throws with 23 seconds left in regulation enabled Cal (6-2) to tie the score.
Kendall Kenyon had 29 points and 16 rebounds for the Tigers (4-3).
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The evacuation caused a delay of about 30 minutes, but fans were allowed back in, and play resumed with 8:30 left in the first half. Attendance was 2,090.
Colorado beat the Illini 79-56 to improve to 8-0. Arielle Roberson scored 17 points for the Buffaloes.
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• Emily Potter had 12 points and seven rebounds to help Utah defeat visiting Nevada 61-57.