LSU women's basketball closed another big week with come-from-behind win over Alabama

LSU women’s basketball closed out another week loaded with storylines and accolades. Here’s what you may have missed.
Feb 11, 2024; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA;  LSU Lady Tigers guard Last-Tear Poa (13) reacts against
Feb 11, 2024; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; LSU Lady Tigers guard Last-Tear Poa (13) reacts against / Matthew Hinton-USA TODAY Sports

Kim Mulkey’s squad is riding a three-game win streak after taking down the Alabama Crimson Tide last Sunday. Many overlooked the game due to Mardi Gras festivities and the Super Bowl. It was also a game during which the LSU women’s basketball team received their most significant contribution from the bench all season.

Depth remains LSU’s greatest weakness this season. The Tigers’ bench has made little difference in spelling starting players during pivotal moments. That changed last Sunday when Last-Tear Poa entered the second half against Alabama and went off.

Mulkey’s team was down 41-31 at halftime against the Tide and found a spark with Poa on the floor. The junior guard moved the ball around LSU’s backcourt and opened the lanes needed to rally back. Poa put up 11 points and four assists in 30 minutes of action. She also contributed six rebounds, two steals, and a block in a career-best performance.

LSU women’s basketball scored 30 points in the third quarter and outscored Alabama 24-16 in the fourth quarter to win 85-66.

Superstar forward Angel Reese also had a massive afternoon against the Crimson Tide. The junior scored 27 points and six assists and posted 19 rebounds, two steals, and a block. Moreover, Reese was partially responsible for the game’s signature highlight: a Reese block that resulted in a fastbreak, a behind-the-back pass from Poa to Flau’Jae Johnson, and an easy layup finish.

Sunday marked Reese’s third career game with LSU women’s basketball, which she finished with 20-15-5. She also eclipsed the 2,000 career points mark and was named the SEC Player of the Week for the 10th time.

Lastly, Reese was named to the Naismith Player of the Year Midseason Watchlist along with junior guard Aneesah Morrow. Morrow also exceeded 2,000 career points after scoring nine against Alabama on Sunday.

LSU women’s basketball remains ranked No. 13 in the AP Top 25 with a 21-4 record, including 8-3 in the SEC. South Carolina remains atop the women’s college basketball standings with a 23-0 record. Fans will get a pivotal LSU vs. South Carolina rematch in the SEC tournament if the stars align.

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The Tigers are back on the floor Monday to clash with Texas A&M in College Station. Only five games remain on LSU’s regular season schedule.