Hailey Van Lith gets her groove back for LSU

WHN | Feb 26, 2024

By Jared Feldman Hailey Van Lith’s move to LSU has not been easy, as she has had to learn a…

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By Jared Feldman

Hailey Van Lith’s move to LSU has not been easy, as she has had to learn a new position in addition to transferring to the defending champs. The senior guard’s season has been filled with ups and downs, including getting benched at halftime in a game where LSU struggled. On Sunday, Van Lith had one of her best performances, finishing with 26 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and no turnovers.

“Hailey Van Lith has received a lot of criticism and it needs to stop. She’s learned a new position, she’s on one of the top teams in the country and the defending national champions. She’s having to play the point guard and today she moved to the off-guard. She had zero turnovers in almost 37 minutes of play. That’s the most important stat in my eyes,” Mulkey said.

In addition to committing zero turnovers, she had an efficient offensive performance, shooting 50% from the field and making four three-pointers on five attempts. Over the last six games, she seems to have adjusted to her new role, scoring 14 points per game while being aggressive and shooting efficiently. 

“Everyone has a role if we all do that one thing we will win and that’s what we were able to do,” Van Lith said.

With LSU leading Tennessee 57-55 with just under 6 minutes remaining, Van Lith hit back-to-back jumpers to spark an 18-5 run to end the game. Van Lith scored 12 of her season-high 26 points in the fourth quarter, going 4-6 from the field and 2-2 from three.

With a 75-60 victory over Tennessee, LSU earned a double bye in the SEC tournament.

Jared Feldman is a sports journalist based in Las Vegas. During his time at UNLV he was apart of Rebel Report and covered Lady Rebels and Runnin’ Rebels games and Las Vegas Aces games.

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