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Lexie Hull drops career-high 36 points to send Stanford to Sweet 16

Lexie Hull (left) had a career-high 36 points to send Stanford to the Sweet 16. (Photo by John Todd/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

Stanford took down Kansas 91-65 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday behind a career-high performance from senior Lexie Hull.

The defending NCAA champions have now won 22-straight games en route to the Sweet 16.

Ahead by just two points at the half, the Cardinal came out swinging in the third quarter, outscoring the Jayhawks 32-15. They extended their lead in the fourth, scoring 26 points to Kansas’ 19. Stanford’s largest lead was 34 points with six minutes to go in the fourth quarter.

Hull, a prospect in the upcoming WNBA Draft, scored 36 points on six 3-pointers and added six rebounds and six steals. It was the highest-scoring performance by a Stanford player in the NCAA Tournament since Nneka Ogwumike had 39 against South Carolina in the 2012 Sweet 16.

“Lexie put our team on her back and just said, ‘We’re going to Spokane. I’m going to do whatever I need to do.’ And she did,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said of Hull, who was playing in her last game at Stanford’s Maples Pavilion.

“I think it’s just I really wanted it,” Hull said of her performance. “In the back of my head I was like, ‘All right, I want to play in Spokane. My entire body wants to play in Spokane.’ Just our team, we really kept the ball moving, found the hot hand and ran with it the rest of the game.”

Sophomore forward Cameron Brink added 13 points and 12 rebounds. Hannah Jump had nine points to lead the Cardinal bench, which combined for 25 points total. Overall, Stanford shot 56.7 percent to Kansas’ 44.8 percent.

Zakiyah Franklin led Kansas with 13 points, five rebounds and four assists. Ioanna Chatzileonti was the only other Jayhawks player in double digits, with 11 points.

“They were incredible in the third quarter. Lexie just went into takeover mode,” Kansas coach Brandon Schneider said. “As elite an offensive performance as I’ve witnessed in person, in the manner in which she scored in every way possible.”