What fans must know about the LSU Tigers in the NCAA women’s tournament
The LSU Tigers are dancing their way to the NCAA women’s tournament. Here’s what the Bayou Bengals loyalists must know while on the cusp of March Madness.
The LSU Tigers are well within the hunt for a women’s basketball national championship. On Sunday, the NCAA announced the Tigers as the No. 3 seed in the Greenville 2 region of the NCAA women’s tournament bracket. As a result, LSU tips off against Hawaii in their First Round game on Friday, March 17th.
A neat feature of the NCAA women’s tournament is that school campuses host First and Second Round games. This year, the LSU Tigers will host Hawaii at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge. The Michigan (No. 6) and UNLV (No. 11), First Round Game will also commence at the PMAC.
LSU will play another home game in the Second Round with a win over Hawaii. Hawaii (18-14) is back in the women’s NCAA tournament for their second-straight year. The Rainbow Wahine won the Big West championship last Sunday.
Greenville, SC, and Seattle, WA, will host Elite Eight matchups. Lastly, the women’s Final Four games will tip off in Dallas, TX.
On Monday, ESPN released their top 25 players in the women’s NCAA tournament list. As expected, sophomore Angel Reese is near the top. The LSU Tigers’ forward ranks fifth, behind Indiana’s Mackenzie Holmes and ahead of Virginia Tech’s Elizabeth Kitley. Reese’s nation-leading 28 double-doubles headlined her remarkable season and enabled LSU’s collective success. However, the Tigers need Reese to continue elevating her game to make a run to the women’s final four.
ESPN also recognized LSU Tigers’ guard Alexis Morris in their tournament top 25 players. The senior ranks at no. 24 following a season in which she led the Tigers in steals and assists. Morris averaged 15.1 points per game and was instrumental for LSU in games where opponents focused on slowing Reese in and around the paint.