The LSU women’s basketball team has made history by advancing to the National Championship game for the first time in program history. The Tigers, seeded third in the tournament, completed a fourth-quarter comeback to defeat the top-seeded Virginia Tech Hokies 79-72 in Dallas. This victory has set up a clash with the second-seeded Iowa Hawkeyes for the national title.
Iowa secured their place in the final with a hard-fought 77-73 victory over the top-seeded South Carolina Gamecocks. This sets up a tantalizing matchup between LSU and Iowa, with the Tigers looking to cap off their historic run with a national championship. Although the two teams have only met three times in women’s basketball history, the game promises to be an exciting encounter between two top programs.
Sunday’s National Championship game will air on ABC at 3:30 p.m. CT. LSU will be hoping to capture its 50th national championship as an athletics department. The Women’s Basketball program has put together an impressive run to the final, led by the outstanding performances of Alexis Morris and Angel Reese.
In the game against Virginia Tech, LSU produced an unbelievably dominant fourth quarter, outscoring the Hokies 29-13 to come from behind and secure a seven-point win. Morris and Reese led the Tigers with 27 and 24 points, respectively. Virginia Tech was led by Elizabeth Kitley, who scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Kayana Traylor and Georgia Amoore also contributed with 17 points each.
LSU’s Head Coach Kim Mulkey will serve as the head coach in a National Championship game for the fourth time in her career. She has already won three NCAA Championships at Baylor in 2005, 2012, and 2019. Mulkey will be looking to become the first NCAA DI Women’s Basketball Coach with NCAA Championships at multiple schools. She is already the first person, men’s or women’s, with NCAA DI Championships as a player, assistant coach, and head coach.
Mulkey has pieced together an impressive group in just her second year at LSU, with nine new pieces (four freshmen and five transfers) and only one returning contributor in Alexis Morris. One of those new pieces is star transfer Angel Reese, who had another record-breaking performance against Virginia Tech. Reese’s double-double was her 33rd of the season, tying the NCAA record for the most double-doubles in a single season. She also broke two rebounding records, totaling 545 rebounds this season to break the record for most rebounds in a single season for both LSU and in the entire Southeastern Conference (SEC).
Morris has also been a key player for the Tigers, fulfilling her dream of ending her senior night in Dallas by leading LSU with 12 points in the first half and finishing the night with 27. The Beaumont, Texas native will play the last college basketball game of her lengthy career in her home state.
Mulkey has accomplished what she set out to do when she decided to return home to Louisiana – hang a banner in the PMAC. “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.”
In conclusion, the LSU women’s basketball team has made history by reaching the National Championship game for the first time in program history. They will face the Iowa Hawkeyes in the final after defeating the Virginia Tech Hokies in an impressive comeback. LSU has been led by the outstanding performances of Alexis Morris and Angel Reese, while head coach Kim Mulkey has masterfully pieced together a team with nine new pieces.
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