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Angel Reese receives praise from Kim Mulkey after impressive LSU debut

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Angel Reese’s new home seems to suit her just fine. Better than fine.

The forward, who transferred after two successful seasons at Maryland, poured in a career-high 31 points and added 13 rebounds for a double-double in her debut with the LSU women’s basketball team.

She also helped LSU top Bellarmine 125-50 with an efficient 11-for-14 shooting performance. The 125 points set an LSU record.

Reese got her No. 16 Tigers off to a good start, scoring 12 of her squad’s first 19 points as they rushed out to a 14-point lead.

She didn’t play in the exhibition contests for LSU, so Monday was the first time Tigers fans got to see the 6-3 forward in an LSU jersey.

“I was really excited. I was confident going into the game,” Reese told reporters. “I let the game come to me. Of course I wanted to be out there (for the two exhibitions) but I was cheering on my teammates and seeing the game from a different aspect was something that was important to me. Getting out there tonight was exciting.”

Reese, who averaged 17.8 points and 10.6 rebounds per game last season for Maryland, was praised by LSU coach Kim Mulkey following the contest.

“I’ve told everyone I can, she’s a beast on the boards,” Mulkey told reporters. “She didn’t miss many shots. I needed to see post touches tonight, see how good we can be in the post. Can they score for us?

“I see it everyday (from Reese).”