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LSU update: Smooth sailing for the Lady Tigers to close out 2023

The return of Angel Reese and a soft schedule has the Lady Tigers poised to finish 2023 strong.

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Angel Reese is back on the court, and things are looking up for No. 7 LSU.
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Things were a bit tense the last time we visited the LSU Lady Tigers. We recapped the Angel Reese saga and, while she had just returned, things remained uncertain.

Now, the Reese situation seems settled and the team hasn't skipped a beat. So, let's recap the games that occurred and what's left in 2023 for the Lady Tigers.


Lady Tigers dominate, set school record for points

In the pair of games the Tigers have played, one word can recap it all.

DOMINANCE.

Against the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns, the Tigers won by 30 points and the trio of Reese, Aneesah Morrow and Mikayla Williams outscored the Ragin' Cajuns by themselves.

Louisiana, unfortunately, didn't have a chance. They threw the kitchen sink at LSU—playing 17 players. Now, seven of those players saw under eight minutes of playing time, but it’s still hard to play that many players, even with garbage time.

Against the McNeese State Cowgirls, the Lady Tigers were world beaters, winning 133-44. The point total and margin of victory were the highest in the school's history. This time, the trio of Reese, Morrow and Aaliyah Del Rosario all finished with double-doubles. This game was competitive only momentarily, when the score was even at ten. But then the Lady Tigers went on a frightening 56-2 run to put the Cowgirls away.

What we’ve learned about LSU

So the question is: what can we learn from these games? Clearly, the level of competition is no match for the Lady Tiger. And while LSU is the defending champion, these games are not a reflection of how they'll play against ranked teams in the March.

What's impressive here is the level of focus. They could easily sleepwalk through these games and win by 20 points. But, the fact that head coach Kim Mulkey keeps them focused and intense for 40 minutes is something to admire. Many teams could go on a 56-2 run against the McNeese States of the world, but wouldn't because they'd allow an easy layup or an open three at some point during that stretch. These games might not be a precursor to what the Lady Tigers will look like against good teams, but they are a warning—reminding all of how sharp and talented this roster is.


Game information

Northwestern State Lady Demons (4-5) vs. No. 7 LSU Tigers (10-1)

When: Sunday, Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. ET

Where: Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, LA

How to watch: SEC Network

No. 7 LSU Tigers (10-1) vs. Coppin State Eagles (3-8)

When: Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. ET

Where: Physical Education Complex in Baltimore, MD

How to watch: ESPN+