Da Boot Sports
By: David Penn
BATON ROUGE, LA - LSU starting forward Angel Reese had her second game of the season with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds while breaking the LSU Women’s basketball record for rebounds in a game with 28, as LSU cruised past the Texas A&M Aggies, 74-34 in the Pete Maravich Assembely Center on Thursday night.
Reese finished the game as the leading scorer and rebounder with 26 points and 28 boards. The
#7 Fighting Tigers also became the second team in LSU Women’s basketball history to open a season 15-0. The last time this happened was the 02-03 season.
The first quarter started slow with LSU taking an 8-6 lead into the second period, but the
Lady Tigers imposed their will on the Aggies with a 14-1 run to open the second quarter.
Once the Tigers got going even the impossible seemed possible. Reese secured a steal just before
the buzzer of the second quarter, took one dribble, and then heaved the ball towards the rim in dramatic fashion to have it drop through the hoop touching nothing but nylon as the improbable shot would give LSU a 34-12 lead at the half. LSU only allowed A&M to score six points in each of the first two quarters.
Reese said after the game, “There’s a lot of great players who came before me. On (January 15)
Seimone Augustus’ statue is going up (at LSU). I want to be like that, I want to set records, I want a statue one day. Being able to look up to someone like Seimone or Sylvia Fowles. I want to be in the same columns as players like them. I’m very blessed to be in the situation that I’m in.”
In the second half LSU continued to dominate the boards and in the paint. By the end of the
third period the score favored LSU by 39 points with the Tigers taking a 60-21 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Aggies only had one player that scored in double figures which was starting guard Sydney Bowles with 11 points.
Other Tigers joining Reese in double figure scoring were freshman Flau’jae Johnson with 18 points
and Last-Tear Poa with 10 points.
LSU scored 19 points off of 17 turnovers, but limited the Aggies only 9 points off of 15 turnovers.
The rebounding margin of LSU 58 to the 37 grabbed by the Aggies provided another stark contrast in the game of how LSU was able to impose its will throughout the contest.
With the victory, the Lady Tigers are now 15-0/3-0 on the season.
Next up LSU travels to Lexington to take on the Kentucky Wildcats on Sunday, Jan. 8. Tipoff is set for 1:00pm CST and the contest will be live on SEC Network+.
Photos Below By: Michael Bacigalupi