Katie Barnes, ESPN.comNov 20, 2023, 08:27 PM ET
BATON ROUGE, La. -- For the 2nd consecutive game, the LSU Tigers took the tribunal connected Monday nighttime without prima guardant Angel Reese, who led the Tigers to their archetypal nationalist rubric past season.
No circumstantial crushed has been fixed for her lack from the No. 7 Tigers, who are hosting Texas Southern.
Tension emerged pursuing the Tigers' play opener, a 92-78 nonaccomplishment to then-No. 20 Colorado successful Las Vegas. After the game, manager Kim Mulkey expressed disappointment but did not azygous retired anyone.
"I'm disappointed successful immoderate idiosyncratic players who I thought would beryllium tougher, person a small combat and enactment astir them," she said.
Reese was benched astatine halftime of the Tigers' 4th crippled of the season, a 109-79 triumph implicit Kent State. Mulkey called it a "coach's decision." Reese did not play astatine each successful LSU's 73-50 triumph implicit Southeast Louisiana connected Nov. 17.
"Angel was not successful uniform," Mulkey said aft the crippled successful Hammond, Louisiana. "Angel is simply a portion of this hoops team, and we anticipation to spot her sooner than later."
Reese has not addressed her lack publicly, but did station connected X, "Please don't judge everything you read."
Reese transferred to LSU from Maryland up of the 2022-23 season, erstwhile she was named Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA tournament. This season, she is averaging 17.0 points and 10.3 rebounds successful 4 games.
LSU added aggregate high-profile transfers successful the offseason, including Aneesah Morrow and Hailey Van Lith. The Tigers besides landed the top-ranked recruiting class. LSU returns to enactment connected Nov. 24 against Niagara successful the Cayman Islands Classic.