Lexie Hull scored 21 points and Stanford reached the Final Four by rallying for a 78-63 victory over Louisville on Tuesday night.
Next up for the top-seeded Cardinal is South Carolina on Friday night in a rematch of the 2017 national semifinals. Stanford dropped that one 62-53, ending its previous appearance in the Final Four. UConn and Arizona meet in the other national semifinal.
Stanford (29-2) scored the first 10 points of the fourth quarter to go up 58-50. That run was capped by Kiana Williams’ 3-pointer. The San Antonio native finished with 14 points.
The win moves the Cardinal one step closer to coach Tara VanDerveer’s first national championship since 1992 and No. 3 overall.
Dana Evans scored 24 points for No 2 seed Louisville (26-4).
SOUTH CAROLINA 62, TEXAS 34
Zia Cooke scored 16 points, and South Carolina used its stifling defence to advance to the Final Four for the third time.
Top-seeded South Carolina blocked 14 shots, nine by Laeticia Amihere, and held No. 6 Texas to 23 per cent shooting. The Longhorns were outscored 10-0 in the fourth quarter.
Destanni Henderson and Victaria Saxton each scored 12 for the Gamecocks (26-4), and Amihere also had 10 points and eight rebounds.
South Carolina coach Dawn Staley ran her championship game record against Texas’ Vic Schaefer to 6-0, dating to when they faced each other in the SEC when Schaefer was at Mississippi State. That includes beating Schaefer in the 2017 national final.
Audrey Warren led the Longhorns (21-10) with 13 points.