Angel Reese led the LSU Tigers in their big win over Michigan on Sunday. As a result, social media was buzzing with fan reactions to her historic performance.
Baton Rouge celebrates the LSU Tigers’ 66-42 win over the Michigan Wolverines in the women’s NCAA Tournament. Angel Reese led the Bayou Bengals with a performance unseen in over two decades. Suffice it to say; social media is weighing in on the sophomore forward’s performance rapidly.
We’re plucking some interesting Twitter reactions regarding Angel Reese’s Round of 32 performance.
Okay, citing ESPN is somewhat lame, but the tweet spotlights Reese’s numbers. It also clarifies that the forward’s performance against Michigan is one we haven’t witnessed since 2000.
Reese played every minute of Sunday’s game like a giant. She worked the ball into the paint, had a hand on every rebound opportunity, and blocked shots. But, perhaps, most impressive is that she limited one of Michigan’s best players, Emily Kiser, to four points and three rebounds.
As for Angel Reese’s Twitter reaction, she was all over the app after the win. In a few tweets, the LSU Tigers forward poked fun at herself in a photo circulating the bird app.
Michigan’s game plan appeared to rival the ‘hack-a-Shaq’ type from the early-2000s NBA. However, Reese retained her composure, was resilient and took every bump like a professional.
The Wolverines were blatantly more physical as the game progressed. Moreover, Reese played better the more flagrant Michigan’s antics became. The LSU Tigers forward was sent multiple times to the free throw line, of which she converted 9-of-11 free throw attempts.
Following the game, Reese mentioned the electricity emitted from the crowd at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
Those of us watching at home can validate Reese’s sentiment. Playing the Round of 32 in Baton Rouge is an advantage for the LSU Tigers, but only if fans show up. Suffice it to say; they showed up on Sunday night and let a large TV audience know about it.
But, of course, crowd noise is enabled by big plays from the athletes they come to watch. And the LSU Tigers did not disappoint while running the Michigan Wolverines out of the women’s NCAA Tournament.
Many LSU basketball fans are comparing Angel Reese’s Round of 32 performance to Sylvia Fowles’s. Such a comparison is fair because we have not seen such dominance since Fowles led the Tigers in 2004-08.
What’s more impressive is Reese dominating the floor despite being three inches shorter. However, Reese has athleticism that is unheard of in Fowles’ era of the collegiate game.
Some fans are already thinking about the LSU Tigers vs. Utah Utes in the Sweet 16. More specifically, there’s much to look forward to in the Reese vs. Alyssa Pili matchup.
Pili is a 6-2 junior that is every bit as dominant in the low post as Reese. The forward put up 28 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists in Utah’s Round of 32 win over Princeton. Reese must approach the matchup with the same attitude and ferocity as she did vs. Michigan.
We expected a back-and-forth battle between Reese and Kiser. However, the Bayou Barbie was way more than Kiser could handle on Sunday.
Another Reese tweet from Sunday night followed Ole Miss’s upset win over top-seeded Stanford in the Seattle 2 bracket. It’s obvious the LSU forward is giving props to her SEC comrades while also suggesting the conference was underrated throughout the season.
Such would explain why the LSU Tigers were only seeded 3rd in the Greenville 2 bracket despite only losing two games all season.