NCAA women: Hull leads Stanford to lopsided win over Kansas

STANFORD – Senior Lexie Hull made her last game at Maples Pavilion one to remember.

Hull dominated on both ends of the court with a career-high 36 points and six steals as No. 1 Stanford beat No. 8 Kansas 91-65 Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Cardinal (30-3) advances to the Sweet 16 for the 14th straight tournament, where it will face No. 4 Maryland (23-8) Friday in the Spokane Regional. The Cardinal beat the Terrapins 86-68 in the Bahamas on Nov. 27, though Maryland was missing multiple key players.

Hull, who averages 11.5 points a game, is overshadowed at times by Cameron Brink, who was the media’s pick for Pac-12 player of the year, and Haley Jones, who was voted the Pac-12 player of the year by the coaches. But she made 14 of 21 shots, including 6 of 11 from behind the arc, and added six rebounds on Sunday.

Her performance ensured that her next game would be in her hometown—Lexie and her twin sister, starting guard Lacie Hull, are Spokane natives.

Playing in March Madness for the first time since 2013, Kansas (21-10) was only down 45-42 with six minutes left in the third quarter. But the Cardinal went on a 20-4 run to close the period and then scored 15 straight points to open the fourth to go up 80-46.

Stanford won its 22nd straight game and improved to 40-4 all-time at Maples in the NCAA Tournament.Hull and sixth-year senior guard Anna Wilson, who was also playing her last home game, received standing ovations when they left the court with four minutes left.

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Author: Harold Gutmann