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LSU's Last-Tear Poa Gets the and-1 Float to Fall

LSU's Last-Tear Poa Gets the and-1 Float to Fall

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LSU's Last-Tear Poa hits an and-1 floater against Tennessee Lady Volunteers, marking his 180cm height as a player from Melbourne, Australia.

 

Angel Reese registered her ninth first-half double-double and Jasmine Carson hit a career high five 3-pointers before the break as No. 5 LSU cruised to an easy 90-79 victory against Florida on Sunday afternoon.

Angel Reese

Angel Reese has had an immense impact on the LSU women's basketball team this season. She is a rising star in the sport and one of the top prospects for the WNBA draft, as well as her accomplishments off-the-court.

Reese has led the Tigers to an undefeated SEC record this year and is a leading contender for National Player of the Year. She leads the league in scoring with 23.5 points per game and ranks fifth nationally in rebounding with 15.8 rebounds per game.

On Sunday, Reese scored 26 points and grabbed 22 rebounds to lead Texas A&M to a 72-66 victory. She also made 12 of 16 free throws from the line for an impressive 19% shooting percentage.

Reese scored 20 points in the first half to help her team take a commanding 58-45 lead at halftime. The Aggies cut it to six in the third quarter, but Reese responded with three free throws that helped maintain their 65-54 advantage at the end of that quarter.

Last week, Reese recorded a double-double with 23 points and 18 rebounds in the Tigers' 82-77 win against Georgia, then added another double-double in Sunday's victory against Texas A&M. She now has 23 double-doubles on the season and is an early candidate for SEC player of the week honors.

After a slow start to SEC play, Reese has really taken off this season. She's scored double-digit goals in all but one of the Tigers' games this year and she's also averaging a career high 2.17 blocks per game during conference play.

She stands at 1.91 metres (6'3"), making her height an advantage when rebounding. Additionally, her versatility on the court allows her to play multiple positions effectively.

Reese has been an integral part of the Tigers' success this season and she will continue to do so when they face South Carolina on Sunday. Her performance against Texas A&M demonstrated that Reese will be a formidable force as the undefeated Tigers strive for another perfect season.

Jasmine Carson

Jasmine Carson has made an impressive impact during her freshman year at LSU, quickly emerging as the team's top 3-point shooter. After making 4 of 7 on Sunday against Auburn, Carson now leads all Tigers with 36 three pointers on 98 attempts this season - a career high.

Grad transfer from West Virginia, she brings with her an impressive perimeter shot and impressive college experience to Baton Rouge. As a senior for the Mountaineers, she averaged 10.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game while shooting 45.3 percent from the field.

The grad transfer is part of an elite class that includes McDonald's All-American Flaujae Johnson (Marietta, Ga.), NJCAA First Team All-American Last-Tear Poa (Melbourne, Australia), and Dallas Morning News Player of the Year Sa'Myah Smith (Desoto, Tx.).

Memphis Central graduate Emily Spires earned all-district honors as a high school senior before transferring to McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Georgia. During her prep career she also visited the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and met Barack Obama during a visit to Washington D.C.

The newest member of the Lady Tigers is a force in the paint, averaging 3.2 rebounds per game with 29 assists and 22 steals. She ignited two first-quarter fast breaks against Auburn on Sunday but it was her dunk that captured everyone's attention. As such, coach Kim Mulkey has quickly made her an invaluable asset and popular player. Additionally, her natural leadership qualities have already been demonstrated; making her an excellent role model for young players who are ready to contribute at high levels right away.

Ladazhia Williams

Ladazhia Williams was one of Florida's top players during high school, earning two first-team All-state selections from Lakewood Ranch. Additionally, her team won a state championship during her junior season.

Williams spent two seasons playing basketball for South Carolina, which had just won the NCAA title in 2017. Unfortunately, she found herself in a program where her enthusiasm to play basketball was taken away from her.

At the end of her sophomore year, Williams informed her mother Chanel Griffin she needed to transfer schools. She longed to rediscover that glimmer of hope in her eyes once more.

Williams entered the transfer portal and, almost immediately, the Missouri coaching staff reached out to her. Although this development came as a bit of a shock given their longstanding rivalry, Williams understood why it made sense for them to collaborate.

She was searching for a team and program that would meet her needs, providing her with the chance to realize her full potential on the court. LSU provided exactly that; now a graduate student with an opportunity to play one last college season.

Her relationship with fellow stars Angel Reese and Faustine Aifuwa has allowed them to build a deep bench, something which has become increasingly important under Mulkey. She has been an inspirational leader on both ends of the floor as well as an effective presence in the post. With an infectious sense of team chemistry and a burning desire to help her teammates win games, her influence on Mulkey has been palpable.

Her lateral agility and defensive awareness have been instrumental in the Tigers' success this season, blocking shots, forcing turnovers, and contested shots on the inside. She is a key piece of their success.

In LSU's victory against Texas A&M, she was the catalyst for their comeback against an SEC rival that had been shooting nearly 50% from the floor in the second half. She hit two jumpers to start things off and added an off-balance layup and 3-pointer during that stretch.

She had 11 points and 12 rebounds in the win, contributing to LSU's defense that has limited opponents to just 51.9 points per game. As a key member of an expansive LSU frontcourt that has become an efficient shooting machine, she has scored in double figures 16 times this season.

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