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Why LSU coach Kim Mulkey did not play Angel Reese in second half

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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.”

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.