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LSU Women's Basketball Advances To The Elite 8

21:00 March 30, 2024
By: Kaitlin Lowe

Tigers Defeat the Bruins

In a March Madness Sweet 16 matchup that kept fans on the edge of their seats, the Number Three Seed and defending champions, the LSU Tigers Women's Basketball team, showcased their championship caliber with a gritty victory over the Number Two Seed, the UCLA Bruins.

The game, marked by intense competition and breathtaking moments, culminated in a triumphant display of resilience by the Tigers as they secured their spot in the Elite Eight.

The matchup saw back-and-forth action throughout the game, with neither team willing to back down. UCLA came out strong, capitalizing on their offensive opportunities to gain an early lead. However, the Tigers refused to be deterred, mounting a comeback that was led by their star players Flau'jae Johnson and Angel Reese.

One of the defining moments of the game came in the third quarter when Flau'jae, whose offense has improved immensely this season, stepped up with a game-tying three-pointer that ignited the Tigers' momentum. The shot not only shifted the momentum in LSU's favor but also energized both the team and the fans, setting the stage for a thrilling finish.

When Angel Reese was hit with a fourth foul and was therefore benched, Aneesah Morrow picked up steam where it was needed. Morrow put up 17 points, four rebounds, and an assist.

Reese had further put up 16 points, 11 rebounds, one assist, two blocks, and four steals—performing excellently both offensively and defensively (despite foul trouble). This game adds to her 77 previous recorded double-doubles. This comes as no surprise to LSU fans who know what a fierce competitor Reese has proven to be. Reese is not just a fighter but also a closer.

Flau'jae Johnson [via LSU wbkb]

What is even more impressive is the combined work between Reese and Johnson, who combined for 40 points and 23 rebounds. Johnson was the standout player of the game, putting up 24 points, 12 rebounds, and an assist. She further shot 64% from the field, 100% from the three-point line, and 80% from the free-throw line. This was her first double-double recorded since November 17.

As the game closed, Reese chalked up another foul and therefore sat, yet the Tigers had enough momentum to close out the game. With the clock dwindling down, we saw an exuberant Johnson smiling with pride in reaction to the mass amount of LSU fans cheering for her. When the clock hit zero, she threw out hugs and kisses to all the fans.

When asked about the importance of rebounds in bringing home this win, Reese said simply, "One thing coach tell us is 'no rebounds, no rings'," and therefore they made them a priority.

Reporters joked with Johnson postgame, saying "We know your new single is called It 'Ain't My Fault,' but this win was definitely your fault."

When asked about her improved offense and game-winning mentality, Johnson shared "I've been in the gym every day. I've been locked in. I knew I had to go extra hard."

The women's LSU Tigers team will head into the Elite Eight with determination to reclaim their title. They will play the First Seed University of Iowa—with all eyes on Iowa's star player Caitlin Clark, who owns the NCAA record for three-points made. This rematch game from last years championship will be on Monday April 1 at 6:15 EST.

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