Now the real challenge begins.
LSU Women’s Basketball welcomes Tennessee (16-7, 8-0), one of three undefeated teams in the Southeastern Conference, to a game on Monday (6pm, ESPN2) at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center To do.
Despite losing 84-67 at home to No. 5 UConn, the Lady Vols are the toughest opponents No. 3 LSU have seen in 20 games this season (20-0, 8-0) there is no doubt about it. Not particularly close.
The Tigers’ final game in Alabama was probably their toughest game to date as it relates to the NET rankings as the Crimson Tide was in his early 20s. He handled the tide and extended his program’s longest winning streak and best start to 20-0.
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Truth be told, LSU is an absolute matchup issue for Alabama, without the real big LSU has in Angel Reese and Ladadia Williams.
And that’s what Tennessee is for the Tigers, a matter of matchups, Mulkey said this week.
LSU’s women’s basketball must include Lady Vols’ Jordan Horston
Senior forward Rikia Jackson has been a force in Tennessee since SEC play began, leading the team in scoring with 17.8 points per game.
But for LSU, the defensive focus should be on senior big guard Jordan Horston. At 6-foot-2, Houston presents a nightmare matchup for Malkey’s smaller guard on the perimeter. Against his UConn on Thursday, Horston scored his 27-point loss.
Freshman Flau’jae Johnson is LSU’s tallest wing player aged 5-11, and while she’s got plenty of strength in her body, she probably won’t be able to defend Horston. Malky will likely be picked for more experience, with her seniors Alexis Morris and Jasmine Carson both tasked with slowing down Houston, who has the ability to take over the game with her combination of size and skill. increase.
Angel Reese needs a big performance to speak for National Player of the Year
Reese ranks fifth in women’s college basketball in points scored (23.7) and second in rebounds (15.5), but those around the Most Valuable Player award questioned how she did so against subpar competition. I believe there is.
Tennessee offers LSU’s star sophomore a chance to quiet those who have doubts about her joining the debate.
Reese is the best at offensive rebounding, and the Lady Vols rebound as a team led by Houston and Jackson and ride offensive grass with a high clip.
LSU 61, Tennessee 57: Reese cemented his status as National Player of the Year with a great performance leading LSU over the Lady Vols.
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