LSU COMES FROM BEHIND TO BEAT VIRGINIA TECH, 79-72; WILL PLAY FOR THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ON SUNDAY!
Da Boot Sports
By: Terrill J. Weil
DALLAS, TX - The LSU Lady Tigers (33-2) have advanced to the national championship game for the first time in the history of the program.
LSU went into the fourth quarter trailing Virginia Tech, 59-50. But Angel Reese and Alexis Morris led a furious comeback as the Tigers outscored the Hookies, 29-13 over the final ten minutes to win the game 79-72.
“I came home for lots of reasons, one to someday hang a championship banner in the PMAC,” Mulkey said. “Never, ever do you think you’re going to do something like this in two years.”
The Lady Tigers opened the game playing great defense, keeping the Virginia Tech offense out of sync, taking a 16-13 lead into the second quarter.
It looked like LSU was taking control of the game late in the second period when Alexis Morris hit a jumper to put LSU up by nine, 32-23 with 4:49 left in the first half, but the Hookies answered, going on a 11-0 run to take a 34-32 lead at the half.
Virginia Tech opened the second half with a 9-3 run to take a nine point advantage at the 8:03 mark, and would continue to control the contest through the entire period, outscoring LSU 25-18 over the ten minute span.
“It’s crazy that I’m sitting up here,” Mulkey said. “It’s crazy we’re getting ready to play for a
national championship. I keep wanting to call somebody to say ‘tell me how we did this in two years.’ Nine new pieces.”
Alexis Morris led the Tigers with 27 points. Angel Reese finished with her 33rd double-double of the season, scoring 24 points while grabbing 12 rebounds. LaDazhia Williams added 16 points.
LSU will face the Iowa Hawkeyes for the national championship on Sunday, April 2 at 2:00pm CST.
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