ANGEL REESE BACK IN THE GAME AFTER ABSENCE
After being absent from four games, star forward Angel Reese is returning to the LSU Tigers as they face the Virginia Tech Hokies.
The No. 7 LSU Tigers are preparing to face the No. 9 Virginia Tech Hokies, and after missing four games, standout forward Angel Reese is returning to the squad for the rematch.
According to The Associated Press, Reese, one of college basketball’s most popular players, was absent from four games with the squad for reasons that the coach could not identify. The power forward’s return is timely, as the Tigers coach announced on Nov. 29 that power forward Sa’Maya Smith would miss the rest of the season after tearing a ligament and meniscus in her right knee during a match against Niagara in the Cayman Islands Tournament.
Mulkey confirmed Reese’s identity.
“Having her back is a huge lift. It isn’t just about Virginia Tech. It is only for our team. “She’s just a fantastic player, one of the best in the country,” Mulkey said.
LSU defeated the Hokies in the 2023 Final Four in Dallas last season.
“I really think Angel will just be like Angel,” Mulkey said of Reese’s “really good” practice performance.
Mulkey had this to say about Smith’s injuries: “Timing is everything in life, and the timing of her injury is just so sad for her because she has improved by leaps and bounds.” Angel’s return helps, but there’s no substitute for Sa’Maya’s contribution to our team and what she’s meant to us.