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Sylvia Fowles passes LSU double-double ‘crown’ to Angel Reese

Angel Reese broke Sylvia Fowles' LSU record for consecutive double-doubles in Monday's win vs. Alabama with her 20th in 20 games this season. (Scott Clause/USA TODAY NETWORK)

Angel Reese broke Sylvia Fowles’ LSU record for consecutive double-doubles in Monday’s win against Alabama with her 20th in 20 games this season.

Since she transferred from Maryland in the offseason, the sophomore forward has shined for the No. 4 Tigers (20-0), averaging 23.7 points and 15.5 rebounds per game heading into Monday’s contest. Those marks rank fifth and second in Division I women’s basketball this season.

After Reese surpassed Fowles’ previous record of 19, the WNBA legend mimed passing the crown to Reese in a video posted to social media by the LSU women’s basketball team. Fowles starred for the Tigers from 2004-08, and the two-time WNBA champion just retired after a 15-year career in the league.

“Crown off to you,” Fowles said. “Congratulations on all your success. Continue to be loud, bold, proud, true to yourself. Congratulations, Ms. Double-Double Queen.”

While Reese received a technical foul in LSU’s previous win against Arkansas, she seems intent to follow Fowles’ advice to stay true to herself. The technical came after Reese made an impressive block, then stood over the Razorbacks player and directed a comment toward her.

“Let’s normalize women showing passion for the game instead of it being ‘embarrassing,’” Reese said after that game, in which she finished with 30 points and 19 rebounds.

In LSU’s 89-51 win Monday against Alabama, Reese scored 14 points and matched that with 14 rebounds.

“When you’re 20-0, you break a record of one of the greatest all-time players ever, not just at LSU, in Sylvia Fowles, but in the country and in the history of women’s basketball, she’s in wonderful company,” LSU coach Kim Mulkey said.

Her double-double streak stands as the second-longest in SEC history, behind just the streak of 27 in a row from South Carolina’s Aliyah Boston last season.

Reese met Fowles for the first time on Jan. 15, during a ceremony to unveil a statue for another LSU legend in Seimone Augustus outside the school’s basketball arena.

“She’s really proud of me. She’s happy for me,” Reese said at the time. “Being able to be up there with Sylvia Fowles is amazing.”