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LSU Star Angel Reese Makes Decision on WNBA Future

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The Iowa Haweyes and LSU Tigers battled it out on April 1, with the Hawkeyes coming away victorious. Their victory was brought on by the efforts of star Caitlin Clark, who dropped 41 points to push her team into the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament.

The showdown was an instant classic, as the first half saw the teams tied 45-45. That was in large part due to LSU superstar Angel Reese. Reese was nearly unstoppable, as she secured 17 points and 20 rebounds in her performance.

LSU Tigers star Angel Reese
ALBANY, NEW YORK - APRIL 01: Angel Reese #10 of the LSU Tigers looks on during the second half against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Elite 8 round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament at... Andy Lyons/Getty Images

During the game, Reese would roll her ankle, resulting in her having to hop off the court. Reese would hit the bike and work her way back onto the court, despite dealing with a nagging injury that she revealed in a later post-game interview.

Reese left it all on the court, and she was defended by longtime teammate Flu'jae Johnson. Johnson came to the defense of her teammate, simply because of the negative attention that she was receiving for her performance in the Elite Eight matchup.

Despite the loss for the Tigers, Reese can be proud that she is a National Champion, NCAA Tournament MVP, Southeastern Conference Player of the Year and has an All-American nod.

Now, Reese has revealed to Vogue that she plans to enter the WNBA draft. Reese stated to Leah Faye Cooper, "I've done everything I wanted to in college," Reese says: "I've won a national championship, I've gotten [Southeastern Conference] Player of the Year, I've been an All-American. My ultimate goal is to be a pro—and to be one of the greatest basketball players to play, ever. I feel like I'm ready."

Reese secured 18.6 points per game in the 2023 - 2024 season, with a 13.4 rebounds per game (#2 in the nation) average, 2.3 assists per game and 47.1 FG%.

She leaves college with an 18.6 PPG average, 12.3 RPG average, and 1.9 APG average. Her college career totals are 2,162 points, 1,426 rebounds, 222 assists, 190 steals, and 144 blocks.

Reese has showcased elite skill on the court, helping the Tigers to the National Championship last season. She should be a first-round pick, with projections stating that she could land as a top-10 pick, likely being drafted by the Minnesota Lynx at #7.

The Tigers star has been in the national spotlight her entire college career, and while she has battled it out with Clark, both shared their immense respect for one another at the end of their matchup on the first. Both Clark and Reese will declare for the WNBA Draft and could face off against one another again shortly.

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