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Tigers Ranked No. 16 In Preseason AP Women’s Basketball Poll


Oliver Construction

BATON ROUGE – Entering Coach Kim Mulkey’s second season at LSU, the Tigers were ranked No. 16 in the preseason AP Poll released Tuesday.

This is the first time LSU will enter a season ranked since the Tigers were ranked No. 15 in the AP Poll going into the 2013-14 season. Last year LSU made its first appearance in the AP Poll during Week 5 and the Tigers remained ranked through the remainder of the season, reaching as high as No. 6 (Week 17) and coming in at No. 9 in the season’s final poll.

Mulkey directed an LSU resurgence during her first season in Baton Rouge as she led the greatest turnaround by a first-year head coach in SEC history to earn AP National Coach of the Year. The Tigers went 26-6, finished second in the SEC and hosted first- and second-round games in the NCAA Tournament as a No. 3 seed.

Going into her second year at LSU, Mulkey’s team has the motto ‘Piece of 2gether’ as the Tigers have a talented group nine newcomers (4 freshmen, 5 transfers) that will look to gain chemistry with the four returners. Alexis Morris averaged 15.0 points per game last season and is the only starter to return as LSU lost nearly 80-percent of its offensive production from last season. Morris is on the preseason watchlist for the Nancy Lieberman Award and is on the Preseason All-SEC Second Team. Ryann Payne is the only other player returning that averaged at least 5.0 points last year.

Coach Mulkey and LSU added numerous pieces throughout the offseason to re-bolster the lineup, headlined by forward Angel Reese who was rated as ESPN’s No. 1 impact transfer from Maryland. Reese averaged a double-double last season at Maryland and enters the season on the Preseason All-SEC Second Team with Morris. LaDazhia Williams came to LSU as a grad transfer from Missouri as a player with four years of experience playing in the SEC. The Tigers also added the top JUCO transfer in guard Last-Tear Poa from Melbourne, Australia. LSU also added sharp-shooting guard Jasmine Carson (from West Virginia) and Kateri Poole (from Ohio State), a former five-star prospect out of high school, rounds off the list of incoming transfers. Poole has experience playing in a packed PMAC as she was on the Ohio State team that knocked LSU out of the NCAA Tournament.

The freshmen class will also have an opportunity to prove themselves this season. Flaujae Johnson was the No. 26 player in last year’s signing class according to ESPNW. She is a dynamic guard who can score at multiple levels who is also a rap star that has a record deal with Jay Z’s Roc Nation. Sa’Myah Smith is the top player out of Dallas who led her DeSoto High School team that was loaded with DI talent to back-to-back Texas 6A State Championships as a junior and senior. Alisa Williams is another top player out of the Dallas area and Izzy Besselman is a local Baton Rouge product who joined the team as a walk-on.

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BATON ROUGE — The No. 14 LSU Women’s Basketball team defeated Mississippi College 88-35 on Thursday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in its first of two exhibitions.

The Tigers will host their final exhibition next Thursday night at 7:00 PM against the Langston Lady Lions. The exhibition will be free admission for fans to attend and streamed live on the SEC Network +.

LSU will officially open the 2022-23 season on Monday November 7 at 7:00 PM CT in the PMAC as they take on Bellarmine.

“I learned that we have a lot of talent, which I already knew,” Coach Kim Mulkey said. 

It was the true freshman Flau’jae Johnson who led LSU with 22 points in her first outing as a Tiger. Last-Tear Poa (JUCO transfer) and Jasmine Carson (transfer from WVU) also made an impact in their first appearance for LSU. Carson dropped 16 points, going 4-5 from the three-point line and Poa had 14 points of her own and led the team with six assists. LaDazhia Williams and Armani Bartlett had nine and eight rebounds, respectively, to lead LSU.

“It felt great,” Carson said. “I have amazing teammates and an amazing coaching staff. It felt good to put on a jersey and see the fans.

“I was focused on defense, defense, defense,” explained Johnson who had two steals. “When I first came here, I told Coach Mulkey, ‘I want to be a scorer.’ She had to sit me down and ask me, ‘You just want to be a one-hit wonder?’ That stuck with me. My focus totally shifted. I focused on defense and then the offense just came. I had good looks and I would just focus on not turning the ball over, and that is what I did. Everything just came natural because of the defense, and I take pride in that.”

Julian Kyiah led the Choctaws with ten points and four rebounds. Mississippi College outscored LSU in the second quarter but couldn’t find an answer for the Tigers fast pace, turning the ball over 24 times total.

LSU controlled the glass as it out rebounded Mississippi 52-33 on the night. The Tigers capitalized on the Choctaw mistakes, scoring 31 points off 25 turnovers. LSU held control of the post scoring 36 points in the paint. Thirty-six points also came from off the bench. LSU began to piece it together as the defense dominated, finishing with 14 steals and nine blocks on the night.

The Tigers held the Choctaw to single digits in three of the four quarters and limited them to 10 total points throughout the whole second half.

The Tigers started fast going on an 8-0 run to start the game. The run included an early three from Jasmine Carson and points from freshman Flau’jae Johnson and Alisa Williams. LSU ended the 1st quarter with a demanding 17-point lead. The Tigers finished the 1st half shooting 47% from the field and 43% behind the arc. LSU was ahead 38-25 at the half and was led in points by Johnson with nine.

The Tigers’ defense stepped up early in the half as LSU outscored the Choctaws to 24-4 in the 3rd quarter. LSU ended the quarter on a 15-0 run. The PMAC erupted as Johnson knocked down a buzzer beater from halfcourt to finish the third. The home team held Mississippi to just ten second half points and out scored them by 40 in the third and fourth. The Tigers shot 83.3% in the fourth and were perfect from deep, shooting 3-3. LSU had its largest run of the night, starting in the third carrying over into the fourth going 24-0.

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Kim Mulkey, Tigers Take Down UAB 99-64, Extend Win Streak to Seven Games

Jasmine Carson and Angel Reese lead Tigers to Goombay Splash Bimini Division Championship, come home with hardware.

BIMINI, Bahamas — Jasmine Carson, Flau'jae Johnson and Angel Reese recorded double-doubles as No. 12 LSUclosed out its trip to the Bahamas on Saturday with a 99-64 win over UAB at Gateway Christian Academy, claiming the Goombay Splash Bimini Division Championship.

“I know everybody that loves LSU would be proud of this basketball team,” Coach Kim Mulkey said. “They represented the university in a first-class manner here and got a trophy.”

Carson recorded the first double-double of her career as she scored 12 points and had a career-high 12 rebounds. Reese led the team with 25 points and had 10 rebounds in her seventh straight double-double in seven games as a Tiger. Johnson, the two-time defending SEC Freshman of the Week, posted her second double-double in three games with 19 points and a career-high 13 boards. 



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LSU women beat Tulane 85-72, move to 9-0.


The No. 11 LSU women’s basketball team (9-0) remained undefeated as it battled in a 85-72 road win over Tulane (5-3) Sunday afternoon in Fogelman Arena.

“Coming to Tulane, many of LSU teams coming in here for women’s basketball have left defeated,” Coach Kim Mulkey said. “I was proud of the fact that we took their best shot there in the third quarter and we’re going to go home and get ready for finals.”

LSU led by as many as 15 points in the third quarter, but Tulane went on a late quarter run to bring the score within three going into the fourth. The Tigers got hot in the fourth quarter and slammed the door to remain undefeated. LSU has the next week off for finals, before returning home to the PMAC next Sunday against New Orleans.

“We came out for the third quarter and pretty much took control of the game and then they go on a run,” Coach Mulkey said. “(Tulane) only missed three or four shots (Tulane was 12-16 in the 3rd quarter) the whole third quarter and then we missed some free throws. We weathered it and we will continue to get better.”

Graduate transfer, Jasmine Carson, set a new career-high 21 points, 17 of which came in the second half. She finished 8-13 from the field and 4-6 from beyond the arc, also adding 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.

Angel Reese once again finished with a double-double, scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. She has nine double-doubles in as many games at LSU.

Kateri Poole came off the bench shooting a perfect 100-percent from the field, sinking all four of her shots. Poole totaled 11 points and was 3-3 from deep.

Tulane was led by the New Orleans native, Dynah Jones, who scored a career –high 25 points. Jones scored 19 points and hit four from three in the first half. Marta Galic scored 21 points and led the Green Wave in rebounds with 7.

The Tigers got off to a hot start, starting 4-4 through the first four minutes of play. Tulane and LSU continued to go back and forth as there were six lead changes in the first five minutes of the contest. The Tigers led 18-15 at the first timeout with just under four minutes to go in the first quarter. Reese scored her tenth point of the quarter at the free-throw line to help LSU take a 27-20 lead into the second quarter. 

LSU went on a 7-3 run early in the second quarter, holding Tulane scoreless for nearly four minutes. Smith and Alexis Morris led the Tigers through the second quarter scoring 6 and 5, respectively. LSU allowed only 8 points in the second quarter as it headed into the break with a 40-28 lead over Tulane. 

In the first three minutes of the third quarter Carson tallied 7 points alone as she hit double digits for the eight time through nine games this season. Poole came off the bench to add two threes within a minute of each other in the back half of the third quarter to help LSU continue its hot start to the quarter. Tulane quickly punched back and finished the quarter on a 11-0 run to tighten up the game and bring it within three going into the final 10 minutes. Tulane’s Jones kept her squad in the game as she went 3-4 from behind the arc and scored 16 third quarter points. 

Tulane got its best chance at a comeback just under a minute into the fourth quarter as it cut the LSU lead to two, but the Tigers responded with a quick 5-0 run and never looked back as they went up seven with just over six minutes remaining. Carson tied her career high 17 points as she hit her third three of the night to put LSU up by eight. Carson scored 10 of her 21 points in the final quarter as LSU grinded its way to a 13-point victory. 



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COLUMBIA, Mo.  — No. 5 LSU (17-0, 5-0 SEC) remained undefeated and the Tigers hit 10-three-pointers to take down Missouri (14-4, 3-2 SEC) Thursday night on the road, 77-57.

The last time LSU made at least 10 three pointers was in 2014, also at Missouri when the Tigers set a school-record with 13 threes. 

LSU kept its perfect record alive as the Tigers continued their best start in program history. They remain as one of three undefeated team across the country.

Alexis Morris, who came off the bench, had her first 20-point game of the season, scoring 24-points and shooting a perfect 5-for-5 from beyond the arc. She also dished out five assists. After only scoring one point at Kentucky, Morris came back strong after playing limited minutes with flu-like symptoms in Lexington.

“She didn’t get to play much in the Kentucky game and then she took two days off of practice,” Coach Kim Mulkey said. “I was prepared to come here and not have her but she said that she felt better. So [Last-Tear] Poa started tonight and Alexis came in off the bench. You know, Alexis had one of her better offensive games.”

Despite only having 4 points and 4 rebounds in the first half, Angel Reese battled to her 17th double-double in as many games with 20 points and 12 rebounds. 

“Angel Reese, yeah, I don’t know how you keep her from having a double-double honestly,” Coach Mulkey said. “She’s just that good. She’s that efficient. She’s just good.”

Jasmine Carson also had a productive evening with 12 points. LaDazhia Williams, LSU’s grad transfer from Missouri, finished the game with 6 points and 5 rebounds along with a block.

Mizzou was led by Lauren Hansen who tallied 22 points with 4 three-pointers. Hansen was followed by Mama Dembele who scored 11 and was the only other Missouri Tiger in double figures.

Williams and Reese, LSU’s two starting posts, both got two first-quarter fouls, but LSU’s guards shot the ball and played physical defense, allowing the Tigers to grow their lead into double-figures by halftime.Missouri started the third quarter hot and brought it back as close as within six, but LSU slammed the door late in the third quarter and ran away with the win.

LSU is scheduled to tip-off its game against Auburn at 2 p.m. on Sunday inside the PMAC. Before the game Seimone Augustus at 12:45 p.m. CT North of the PMAC will become the first female student-athlete in LSU school history with her own statue. Between the first and second quarters, Augustus will be recognized on the same floor where thousands of fans came to see her play throughout her legendary career.

Williams got comfortable early on her old court as she scored four of LSU’s first six points. Williams spent the last two seasons playing with Mizzou in Columbia. After nearly three scoreless minutes, Flau’jae Johnson broke the silence with her 20th three-pointer to give LSU a 9-2 lead. On the next two possessions LSU hit back-to-back threes from Carson and Morris. The LSU guards played well in important minutes as both Williams and Reese found themselves with 2 early fouls each. Missouri ended the quarter on 1 of its last 10 field goals compared to LSU’s 5 for 7.  LSU ended the quarter with a 19-7 lead over Mizzou after Sa’Myah Smith hit a pick-and-pop jumper off a pass from Morris. 

Carson scored the first points of the quarter as she picked up a steal at midcourt and nailed a pullup midrange jumper. After Hansen scored Mizzou’s first three of the night LSU responded with a 6-0 run to give LSU a 17 point lead. After coming off the bench in the first Morris scored her 12 points of the night to make a perfect 4-4 from behind the arc with just under four minutes to go before the break. After ending the first quarter on a shooting low, Mizzou went 5 of its last y and 3 of its last 3 just before the half. LSU headed into halftime with a 37-21 lead. The Tigers have led by double digits in every one of its games this season. 

An early run in the third quarter allowed Missouri to climb back within 10 of LSU and Hansen hit a three with 5:36 left to make it a six point game as Mizzou outscored LSU 15-5 through the first five minutes of the third quarter. Mizzou put together another run as it went on a 9-0 run and forced LSU to a three minute scoring drought. Carson snapped the Missouri run with LSU’s ninth three-pointer of the night to improve the team to 9-13 from deep. After halting the Mizzou momentum LSU went on a 14-3 run to end the quarter. LSU went into the final quarter with a 15-point lead, 56-41. 

After being outscored 20-19 in the third quarter the fourth was just as competitive. LSU held on to the lead it built in the first half to keep its comfortable lead. After sealing her 17th double-double of the season in the fourth, Reese scored 10 of her 20 points in the final quarter. Mizzou’s Hansen scored 7 more in the fourth to push her total past the 20-point mark. The Tigers early lead helped the visitors cruise to a 20-point win in Columbia, 77-57. 



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INDIANAPOLIS – LSU’s Angel Reese is one of 21 players featured on the Ann Meyers Drysdale USBWA Player of the Year watchlist, competing as one of the top players in the country.

LSU is inside the AP Top 5 for the first time since 2009 and the Tigers are one of the three remaining undefeated teams in the country.

The first-year LSU star has entered her name into the national player of the year conversation with a dominating start to her career in Baton Rouge. Reese has 16 double-doubles through 16 games to start the season, a SEC record for most double-doubles to start a season. The LSU record for consecutive double-doubles is held by Sylvia Fowles who had 19 in a row throughout the 2006-07 season. She is averaging 24.2 points and 15.6 points.

Reese is the only player in the country with multiple 20/20 games this season. Her first came against Oregon State in Maui in December with 25 points and 20 rebounds. Her second came last week against Texas A&M where she scored 26 and hauled in a school-record 28 rebounds, the most by a player in the SEC since the conference started sponsoring women’s basketball in 1982. Maree Jackson previously held the LSU record after having 27-rebound games in

The Baltimore, Maryland native has been putting up historic numbers all season. In a game against Lamar in December, Reese did something that no pro or college basketball player has done in at least the past 20 years. Reese is the only NBA, WNBA or Division I men’s or women’s player in the last 20 years to have at least 30+ points, 15+ rebounds, 4+ assists, 4+ steals and shoot over 80-percent in the same game.

With 32 points in that game against Lamar and 30 in LSU’s next game in Maui against Montana State, Reese became the first LSU player since Elaine Powell during the 1995-96 season with consecutive 30-point games. Then came her 20/20 game against OSU. Reese was named ESPN National Player of the Week for her impressive 3-game stretch.

Reese has scored at least 20 points in 13 games this season. She had a stretch of nine consecutive 20+ point games as she became the first player since Seimone Augustus in 2006 to record that many 20-point games in a row.

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