Angel Reese put a stamp on LSU’s national title win Sunday with her signature ring celebration, but also one that involved Iowa star guard Caitlin Clark.
As the clock wound down on LSU’s 102-85 win over Iowa in the national championship game, Reese and Clark found themselves standing next to each other during free-throw attempts. The TV camera caught Reese calling out to Clark and waving her hand in front of her face, mimicking Clark’s “you can’t see me celebration” that went viral after Iowa’s Elite Eight win over Louisville.
Angel Reese did the celebration back in Clark’s face 😳 pic.twitter.com/xnNnqEOafU— Just Women’s Sports (@justwsports) April 2, 2023
Angel Reese did the celebration back in Clark’s face 😳 pic.twitter.com/xnNnqEOafU
Before the buzzer sounded, Reese wasn’t done trash talking. The LSU sophomore followed Clark toward the sideline and stared her down while doing the same celebration. Reese then pointed to her finger, indicating the championship ring LSU would get with the victory.
ANGEL REESE HIT CAITLIN CLARK WITH THE "YOU CAN'T SEE ME" 👀 pic.twitter.com/Zj3mqIzkk9— ESPN (@espn) April 2, 2023
ANGEL REESE HIT CAITLIN CLARK WITH THE "YOU CAN'T SEE ME" 👀 pic.twitter.com/Zj3mqIzkk9
Both players set NCAA records in the national championship game. Reese had 15 points and 10 rebounds to finish with her 34th double-double of the season, the most by a player in a single season. Clark surpassed Sheryl Swoopes for the most points in an NCAA Tournament with her 180th point, registering 30 points and eight assists in the loss.
Reese and Clark, the 2023 National Player of the Year, are both known for their trash talk during games.
Reese was called for technical in a January game against Arkansas after blocking a shot while holding her shoe in one hand and standing over her opponent. In the Elite Eight, Clark was caught on camera chirping Louisville guard Hailey Van Lith, saying, “You’re down by 15 points. Shut up.”