Angel Reese did not play in the second half of LSU’s 109-79 win over Kent State on Tuesday due to what head coach Kim Mulkey called a “coach’s decision.”
Reese had 11 points and 5 rebounds against Kent State in the first two quarters, and the Tigers held a narrow 39-37 lead at halftime. Mulkey sat Reese in favor of transfer Aneesah Morrow, who finished the game with 17 points and 8 rebounds.
“I could, but I won’t,” Mulkey said when asked to expand on her decision to sit Reese, who played 14 minutes. “It was just a coach’s decision.”
Angel Reese did not come back in during the 2nd half and Kateri Poole did not enter the game today for LSU. When asked postgame, Kim Mulkey deemed it a “coach’s decision” pic.twitter.com/hVVKJP80Tb— Tyler DeLuca (@TylerDeLuca) November 15, 2023
Angel Reese did not come back in during the 2nd half and Kateri Poole did not enter the game today for LSU. When asked postgame, Kim Mulkey deemed it a “coach’s decision” pic.twitter.com/hVVKJP80Tb
LSU started the season at No. 1 in the AP Top 25, but the Tigers had a rough first week, losing their opener against Colorado and dropping to No. 7 in the rankings. In that game, Reese had 15 points and 12 rebounds. She had two more double-doubles in LSU’s next two games against Queens and Mississippi Valley State, both of which were double-digit wins for the Tigers.
Freshman Mikaylah Williams was the standout performer in Tuesday’s win with 42 points, a record for an LSU freshman in the NCAA era. LSU next plays Southeast Louisiana on Friday.