The LSU Tigers are headed to Dallas for the women’s FInal Four. Such comes after Kim Mulkey’s team defeated Miami in the Elite Eight.
The LSU Tigers (32-2) are going to the women’s Final Four for the first time since 2008. Such comes after the Tigers defeated the Miami Hurricanes (22-13) in the Elite Eight 54-42. LSU heads to Dallas to play the winner of Sunday’s No. 1 Virginia Tech vs. No. 3 Ohio State regional.
Angel Reese was incredible in all four quarters of the LSU Tigers Greenville 2 regional win. The forward only posted 13 points, but her 18 rebounds were crucial to LSU’s win. Moreover, Reese posted her 32nd double-double of the season, an all-time SEC women’s basketball record.
Miami went on a few offensive runs during the game, but LSU remained in control throughout the night. The Tigers weren’t great in field goal shooting (30.2%), but their smothering defense stifled Miami. The Hurricanes were better with field goals (31.6%) but were out-rebounded 49-35 and turned the ball over twice as much.
Offensively, we predicted the LSU Tigers would rely heavily on Alexis Morris. Suffice it to say; the senior guard did not disappoint. Morris posted 21 points in 40 minutes of play. It wasn’t her most accurate shooting night, but she made multiple shots in the 4th quarter that put Miami out of reach. Morris was also a massive contributor on defense with her four steals.
We cannot speak highly enough about Mulkey’s job with the LSU Tigers. She is a hall-of-fame head coach that knows how to build a winner. However, few coaches could take a team with nine new players to the women’s Final Four in year two.
But, of course, all the new players Mulkey brought to Baton Rouge are incredibly talented. However, talented players don’t always come together to play championship-caliber basketball this fast. The LSU Tigers men’s basketball team is a testament to such.
Remember when LSU was upset in the women’s SEC tournament semifinals by Tennessee? Mulkey’s Tigers remember and have gone out of their way to avoid a similar pitfall in the NCAA Tournament.