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Angel Reese Leads No. 7 LSU to 80-48 Win Over Coppin State

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In what turned out to be a homecoming game for their star player, All-American forward Angel Reese led the No.7  LSU Lady Tigers to an 80-48 win over the Coppin State Eagles on Wednesday December 20th at the Physical Education Complex in Baltimore, Maryland.

Reese, a native of Baltimore who was a high school star at St. Frances Academy, had 26 points and 6 rebounds for the visiting Lady Tigers of LSU. Reese was aggressive on offense and tenacious on defense as she tied her career high with five steals.

Eight months ago in the national championship game, LSU found themselves in a tough battle with the Naismith Player of the Year Caitlin Clark and the Iowa Hawkeyes. After a closely contested first quarter, the LSU Lady Tigers blew the game wide open in the second quarter and they never looked back.

LSU defeated Iowa by the score of 102-85 and won their first national title in school history. 

The start of the 2023 season has been an adventurous one for the defending national champions as they stumbled out of the gates with a 92-78 loss to Colorado.

A week later, on November 14th, Angel Reese was benched for the second half of LSU’s 109-79 win over Kent State. After missing four games, Reese returned to the team on November 30th and scored 19 points in LSU’s 82-64 victory over No.9 Virginia Tech. 

Still in their non-conference schedule, LSU has been cruising to victory with relative ease. On the night of December 20th the defending national champions visited Coppin State, which is one of the four HBCU’s in Maryland.

In front of a sellout crowd of 4,100,  LSU scored first when Angel Reese stole the ball and took it all the way for the easy layup. The Lady Tigers played with physicality as they enforced their will and built a 24-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The undersized Eagles of Coppin State were able to keep the game close due to the three point shooting of Tiffany Hammond. With 7:12 left to go in the second quarter, Coppin State cut the lead down to single digits as they trailed by the score of 28-20.

LSU point guard Last-Tear Poah had a career high 8-assists for the game, but with LSU holding on to an eight point lead, Poah hit a 3-point shot that started a 10- 0 run for LSU. At halftime, the Lady Tigers led by the score of 40-26.

LSU guard Flau’jae Johnson started the second half by hitting a 3-point shot and then seconds later dishing out an assist to Angel Reese. Aneesah Morrow would score a bucket inside the paint, and suddenly the LSU lead ballooned to 51-29.

Coppin State showed a lot of grit, but the defending national champions proved to be too big, and too physical, as they posted the 80-48 victory. With the win LSU improves to (12-1) while Coppin State falls to (3-10).

In addition to Angel Reese, Flau’jae Johnson scored 18, and Aneesah Morrow had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Lady Tigers. Despite the loss, the Coppin State Eagles fought until the end, as they were led by Tiffany Hammond who drained seven 3-pointers and finished the game with 21-points.

Wednesday night was a homecoming for Angel Reese, a big opportunity for Coppin State, and two teams coming together for a wonderful cause. During warmups, both teams wore  Play4Kay t-shirts as part of a fundraising effort for the Kay Yow Cancer fund.

 

 

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