Challenging Game Gets Eased Off by Angel Reese’s Dominance, As Mikayla Williams Offers a Helping Hand

Published 01/07/2024, 5:23 PM EST

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Angel Reese along with Mikaylah Williams headlined a commanding second-half LSU performance to hand the reigning national champions their second SEC victory. A power-packed show from Kim Mulkey’s starting five saw them secure a tough 84-73 victory. Apparently, all these five players ended the night with a double-digit score.

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A cracker of a game awaited the NCAA fans Sunday night as the Ole Miss Rebels hosted the defending champions LSU. As both teams entered the contest following their impressive victories in their respective SEC openers, it was LSU who came out on top with a victory in the end.

Angel Reese spearheads LSU’s second SEC win

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LSU began the game by putting the first points onto the scoreboard. Mikaylah Williams carried her form from the last game and set the court on fire with her highlight-reel shots from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, junior guard Aneesah Morrow also joined Williams and displayed her ability to land some astonishing 3-pointers. However, the NCAA champions found themselves trailing after some resistance from senior guard Marquesha Davis. Consequently, she gave the Rebels an upper hand by the end of the first quarter. The Lady Tigers roared back in the second quarter as the All-American forward Angel Reese got them in front. Moreover, she along with Flau’jae Johnson dominated the perimeter and further extended LSU’s lead. As a result, the first half ended with the Tigers sitting comfortably at 50-37.

Some sloppy play cost LSU in the third quarter as Marquesha Davis punished their defense. She got the Rebels back into the game by bringing down the difference between the two teams to just 4 points. Apparently, Ole was on a (16-2) scoring run. As a result, they lead the Lady Tigers for the second time on the night. However, Williams and Reese combined to score the next 9 points and created some separation. Both of them made sure that the Tigers ended the quarter holding a 5-point advantage. Following this, Reese was at her offensive best in the penultimate quarter.

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She controlled the game before the final buzzer got the Tigers home and became LSU’s leading scorer for the night. Eventually, she became one of the five players who had a double-digit score next to their name.

LSU’s starting five show their class

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All the big guns in that LSU squad were in phenomenal touch. While Reese was their top performer with her 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists, Mikaylah Williams got past the 20-point mark and ended up scoring 20 points with 7 rebounds to go with 2 assists. Meanwhile, LSU’s fresh faces this season Aneesah Morrow and Haley Van Lith grabbed 13 points each. The defensive catalyst from the last game Flau’jae Johnson also chipped in with 16 points and 6 rebounds to her name.

The victory didn’t come easy for the Lady Tigers this time around. While they had total control over their offensive play, there is no denying that they were vulnerable in their defense. They need to figure out their gray area quickly as they will face more challenging opponents in their upcoming games.

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Shahryar Fazal

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