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Freshman Jewell Loyd leads No. 5 Fighting Irish past No. 19 UCLA 76-64

Jewell Loyd had 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists, Kayla McBride scored 18 points, and No. 5 Notre Dame overcame a sub-par performance by All-American Skylar Diggins to beat No. 19 UCLA 76-64 Saturday.

Diggins had 12 points, six rebounds and five assists, but shot 5 of 17 and committed four turnovers.

Natalie Achonwa had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Fighting Irish (4-0), who shot 29 of 60 (48.3 percent) to UCLA's 39 percent.

Loyd, who shot 8-of-12 including 2-of-3 from 3-point range, made three straight baskets midway through the first half to cap a 15-2 run that put the Irish ahead for good.

Markel Walker had 21 points and nine rebounds and Alyssia Brewer scored 10 points for the Bruins (2-1), who played without junior point guard, Thea Lemberger, sidelined with a sprained left knee.