LEXINGTON, Ky. — Erica McCall scored 23 points and Stanford rallied in the second half to defeat Texas 77-66, ending the Longhorns season at the Lexington Regional Friday night at Rupp Arena.
Stanford, trailing by 7 points at halftime, rallied behind the shooting of Karlie Samuelson, the nation’s No. 2 three-point shooter. She scored 14 points, which included four shots behind the three-point arc.
Texas (25-9) was led by Ariel Atkins (18 points) and Joyner Holmes (15). Big 12 Player of the Year Brooke McCarty was not a major factor, scoring just 8 points and did not attempt a three-point shot until there was 1:30 left in the game.
No. 2 seed Stanford (31-5) advances to play No. 1 Notre Dame (33-3) at 11 a.m. Sunday. The winner qualifies for the Final Four next week at American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Stanford lead early but Texas received a spark from backup forward Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau. She scored 8 points in the first quarter — matching her season high — to trim Stanford’s lead to 18-17 after the first quarter.
Atkins scored 7 points in the second quarter to lead a Longhorn rally. They took their first lead of the game, 24-22, on a 10-foot jumper from the left baseline with 6:52 left in the half.
Holmes contributed 7 points in the first half and Texas took a 36-29 lead at the break. The Longhorns scored the final 7 points of the half, capped by a pair of Holmes free throws.
In the first game of the regular season, Stanford defeated Texas 71-59 in Palo Alto. Stanford leads the series 8-4.
In the first game at Rupp, top-seeded Notre Dame defeated No. 5 Ohio State 99-76. The Irish set a team record for most points in an NCAA Tournament despite having star player Brianna Turner sidelined with a knee injury.