Stanford, Calif. • Freshman Francesca Belibi scored a season-best 20 points to go with eight rebounds, and No. 6 Stanford beat Utah 82-49 on Sunday to run its home winning streak at Maples Pavilion to 16 games dating to last season.
Fellow freshman Hannah Jump added 14 points as four others scored in double figures for the Cardinal (18-2, 7-1 Pac-12), who made 5 of 12 3-pointers in their decisive third quarter that put them ahead 55-38 going into the final 10 minutes. Stanford then shot 12 for 16 in the fourth.
Kemery Martin scored 13 points as the cold-shooting Utes (10-9, 3-5) had their three-game winning streak snapped. Utah went 4 for 15 in the fourth, including 2 of 10 on 3s.
Lexie Hull, coming off a career-high 29 points as Stanford held off Colorado 76-68 in overtime Friday, struggled to find her stroke shooting 4 of 13 for 10 points — but she had plenty of support.
Cardinal freshman star Haley Jones, ranked the No. 1 recruit in the country last year on some lists, missed her second straight game with a right knee injury suffered in last Sunday’s 61-58 road victory at Oregon State. Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer has remained optimistic of Jones returning this season.
Brynna Maxwell had 27 points and six rebounds for Utah two days earlier against Cal, hitting three of her team’s four 3-pointers, but was limited to 10 points on 3-for-10 shooting. The Utes shot 4 for 16, 1 of 6 in the opening quarter.
Utah hung tough though Stanford built a 31-22 lead at the break, then the Utes used a 7-4 burst to begin the third quarter before Nadia Fingall’s 3 at the 8:09 mark as the Cardinal got rolling.
The Utes split their Bay Area trip after a 71-62 win over California on Friday in Berkeley.