LSU women's basketball defeats Southeastern in Mulkey homecoming without Angel Reese
LSU women's basketball team wins against Southeastern Louisiana, but star player Angel Reese was absent. Flau'jae Johnson led the team to victory.
LSU women's basketball team made a triumphant return to Hammond, facing Southeastern Louisiana on Friday night. However, All-American forward Angel Reese was conspicuously absent, with coach Kim Mulkey hinting that she wouldn't be playing. The Tigers emerged victorious with a 73-50 win, showcasing a strong defensive performance and a solid offensive effort.
The absence of Reese did not prevent LSU from dominating the game. The Tigers displayed a strong defensive intensity, allowing their offense to break out of a sloppy start and take a 10-point lead by the end of the first quarter. Despite a slow start, LSU managed to maintain a comfortable lead throughout the game, ultimately widening the gap in the third quarter.
Flau'jae Johnson was a standout player for the Tigers, contributing 17 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, and four steals. Freshman Mikaylah Williams also made a significant impact, adding 13 points. Despite a rough shooting night, transfer forward Aneesah Morrow and Sa'Myah Smith were crucial in securing rebounds for the team.
LSU's defensive performance was a key factor in their victory, as they forced Southeastern into committing numerous turnovers and limited their free throw attempts. The Tigers also outrebounded the Lions and made more trips to the foul line, ultimately securing the win.
This game marked a special return for coach Kim Mulkey, who previously faced Southeastern in her hometown with her Baylor squad in 2002. The sold-out game was a testament to the anticipation surrounding LSU's return to Hammond.
Looking ahead, LSU will face Texas Southern at home before heading to the Cayman Islands Classic to take on Niagara and Virginia.