RED STICK – Alexis Morris and Angel Reese of USL The women’s basketball team was named to the All-SEC preseason first team Wednesday morning by league coaches and the Tigers were selected to finish third in the conference.
Morris and Reese were on the media’s second All-SEC team last week and the media also tabbed LSU to finish third in the conference.
Morris was also named to the Nancy Lieberman Award Top 20 Watchlist and Reese was on the Katrina McClain Award Watch List.
Reese was also featured in Wednesday’s All-America Second Team as published by The Athletic.
The Tigers will host their first exhibition game Thursday at 7 p.m. against Mississippi College in a repeat game that fans can attend for free. LSU will welcome Langston next Thursday in his second exhibition before starting the season on Monday, November 7 against Bellarmine in the PMAC.
Tickets are available for the season and fans are encouraged to join the Fast Break Club, LSU Women’s Basketball’s official booster club, to support the Tigers on and off the court.
Morris is back for his second and final season with the Tigers. After playing his freshman year for Coach Kim Mulkey at Baylor, Morris bounced back to Rutgers and Texas A&M before teaming up with Coach Mulkey again for his first season at Baton Rouge.
Morris’ presence electrified LSU’s offense a season ago, earning second-team All-SEC honors and helping lead the Tigers to a 26-6 record and a second-place finish in the SEC.
The 5-6 guard from Beaumont, Texas, averaged 15.0 points per game and scored in double figures in 22 games, including his first 11 with the Tigers. His shooting percentage of 46.1 ranked No. 8 in the SEC.
Morris was part of LSU’s three-headed monster in the backyard that also included Jailin Cherry and 2022 Nancy Lieberman Award finalist Khayla Pointer. Morris is the only one of those three to return this season as the Tigers have nine newcomers, including Reese.
As the lone returning starter, Morris is expected to take on a bigger role distributing the basketball as a point guard this season while continuing to score and create offense. Morris played in six games last year in which she had five or more assists.
Ryann Payne, the only other returner to average over 5.0 points last season, will also be looking to increase his offensive production.
With nine new arrivals, the chemistry will come as the season progresses, but Morris and the Tigers will have plenty of offensive weapons to get involved Reese (a forward ranked as ESPN’s most impactful transfer in the country since Maryland), Jasmine Carson (a sharp-transfer shooting guard from West Virginia), and LaDazhia Williams (a post player with four seasons of SEC experience in South Carolina and Missouri).
Expect first-year guard Flau’Jae Johnson and JUCO Last-Tear transfer guard Poa to also enter the mix offensively.
Reese is entering his first season in Baton Rouge as a transfer from Maryland. ESPN ranked her as the No. 1 impact transfer this offseason after leading the Terrapins to the Sweet 16 last season and averaging a double-double (17.8 ppg and 10.6 rpg), becoming the first sophomore from Maryland since 1975 to do so.
Reese had 5+ offensive rebounds in 20 games last season, smashing the boards hard and cleaning the glass. She was also effective on the defensive end, adding 53 interceptions and 36 blocks throughout the season.
The Baltimore, Maryland native is expected to make an immediate impact for LSU this season in Coach Mulkey’s second year on a roster that will include nine newcomers (4 freshmen and five transfers).
The Tigers are looking to replace nearly 73% of their offensive production from last season and Reese’s numbers to help along that path.
Preseason SEC Coach Predictions
1. South Carolina
T5. Mississippi State
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8. Ole Miss
11. Texas A&M
Player of the Year
Aliyah Boston, South Carolina
All-SEC First Team
Brittany Davis, Alabama
Alexis Morris, LSU
Angel Reese, LSU
Anastasia Hayes, Mississippi State
Aliyah Boston, South Carolina
Zia Cooke, South Carolina
Jordan Horston, Tennessee
Tamari Key, Tennessee
All-SEC Second Team
Makayla Daniels, Arkansas
Aicha Coulibaly, Auburn
Diamond Battles, Georgia
Madison Scott, Ole Miss
Jessika Carter, Mississippi State
Hayley Frank, Mo.
Victaria Saxton, South Carolina
Rickea Jackson, Tennessee
(Per LSU Women’s Basketball Press Release)