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Fast start equals big basketball victory for Stanford women

 
Mikaela Brewer appeared in her third game since returning from an injury. Photo courtesy of StanfordPhoto.com.

Lexie Hull scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds in helping the sixth-ranked Stanford women’s basketball team beat visiting USC 79-59 in a Pac-12 Conference contest Sunday.

Ashten Prechtel added 11 points and seven rebounds for the Cardinal (21-3, 10-2), which bounced back from Friday’s loss to UCLA (21-2, 10-2), which needed overtime to beat host Cal, to remain in second place, just behind No. 3 Oregon.


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Nadia Fingall also scored 11 points and blocked four shots for Stanford, which travels to Utah for a conference game at 6 p.m. Friday. The Cardinal has six games remaining in the regular season, including a home match against Oregon on Monday, Feb. 24.

“We were moving the ball well,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. “We have to continue to stress moving the ball, taking good shots, getting to the basket, getting to the free throw line.”

Three others scored eight points: Kiana Williams, Alyssa Jerome, who was in the starting lineup for the first time in 11 games, and Anna Wilson as 10 different players scored.

Hull was 3-of-6 from 3-point range as Stanford connected on 11 long-range shots. Williams, Wilson and Pinewood alum Hannah Jump each hit a pair.

Hull scored 11 of her points in the first half as Stanford built a 49-21 advantage heading into intermission.

The Cardinal limited the Trojans to 21.9% (7-32) shooting in the first half and shoot 48.5% from the field.

Stanford scored 25 of the first 28 points and led by as many as 29 points early in the third quarter.

The Cardinal extended its winning streak over USC to 10 games. Stanford has not lost to the Trojans at home since 2001.

Hull reached double figures in scoring for the seventh time in nine games and for the 17th time this season.

Senior guard Mikaela Brewer played in her third game since returning from an injury. DiJonai Carrington has not played since November 24 and junior forward Maya Dodson has yet to play this season. Freshman Haley Jones missed her sixth game of the season.

— Palo Alto Sports Online

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