It isn’t easy to sum up, the excitement and compose organized paragraphs. But the LSU Tigers are headed to the women’s NCAA Championship Game.
The LSU Tigers (33-2) are one of the best teams in women’s college basketball. They know it, fans know it, and now, the rest of the world knows it. The Tigers are headed to the women’s NCAA Championship Game after defeating Virginia Tech 79-72 in the Final Four.
Alexis Morris and Angel Reese were nothing short of incredible during the game. Virginia Tech (31-5) was not an easy opponent, coming into the night as the Greenville 2 bracket’s No. 1 seed. The Hokies led by as much as 12 points in the second half. But it didn’t matter because Reese and Morris refused to let their team down.
Morris was the LSU Tigers’ most important player on offense throughout the night. The senior guard posted 27 points, including some late-game, tough buckets that kept momentum on LSU’s side. We expected Morris to give it everything she had tonight, and she did not disappoint.
Reese was another center of gravity for the LSU Tigers. The sophomore forward was doubled by Virginia Tech almost all night. However, the bright lights and immense pressure of the 4th-quarter saw Reese rise up. She grabbed control of the boards and toughed out some clutch points in the paint.
Reese scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. She extended her double-double record to 33 games and became LSU’s and the SEC’s all-time single-season rebounding leader.
Momentum was the theme of the night. LSU ended the first quarter with a slight lead and the momentum. However, the tide shifted after Virginia Tech switched to a zone defense. Moreover, the Hokies’ perimeter shooters heated up. As a result, the LSU Tigers went nearly six minutes without scoring in the second half.
Down by nine points to start the 4th quarter, Kim Mulkey’s team completely took over. The Tigers went on an incredible 22-3 run and took a double-digit lead. Virginia Tech didn’t go quietly, but LSU’s relentless defense refused to surrender momentum. In the end, the Tigers proved what we know all along…they are a No. 1 team in the women’s NCAA Tournament.
LSU will play in their first women’s NCAA Championship Game in program history. They await the winner of the South Carolina vs. Iowa game. The women’s NCAA Championship Game will tip-off on Sunday at 2:30 pm CST.