LSU Women’s Basketball Is Confident About Auburn Re-Match 

WHN | Feb 22, 2024

BATON ROUGE, LA  – LSU women’s basketball is known as being one of the toughest and grittiest teams in NCAA…

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BATON ROUGE, LA  – LSU women’s basketball is known as being one of the toughest and grittiest teams in NCAA women’s basketball – and their raw passion can be intimidating to many players and fans across the country. But the toughness you see on TV and highlight reels is a sharp change from real life – these young athletes are deeply humble, kind, and passionate about their craft. 

I had the opportunity to talk to three of LSU’s young stars ahead of tonight’s matchup against Auburn and I was truly blown away by the confidence and passion in these young women. They have absolutely no fear and are sure that this season has the potential to be just as special as last year’s underdog championship win for the Tigers. 

“I’d put my five up against any five any day,” said Mikaylah Williams, a standout freshman at LSU and one of the top freshman basketball players in the country. Williams and her teammates are confident that tonight’s rematch against Auburn will be a season-defining win for LSU. 

Last game against Auburn, LSU lost in a 67-62 nailbiter. It was one of the most shocking losses of their season thus far and signaled to many that there could be trouble ahead for LSU as they progress into their season. Since their defeat against Auburn, the Tigers have made several adjustments to their rotation and they have expanded their bench depth. These adjustments have likely led them to successful wins over Alabama, Texas A&M, Florida, and Vanderbilt. 

Tonight’s matchup against Auburn will be defining for the SEC and their placement in March Madness. 

“It’s personal for the whole team,” Flau’jae Johnson, LSU’s sophomore guard told WHN. “It wasn’t a game we were supposed to lose. We’re just gonna come out, dominate, and treat it like any other game.” 

In a press conference yesterday, LSU women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey told reporters that she didn’t feel like the LSU Tigers underestimated Auburn. “I don’t know that I will ever say that my team won’t take someone seriously… I think you give credit to the opponent.” 

Mulkey went on to tell reporters that Auburn appeared to capitalize on a shift of energy late in the game when they played Auburn in Alabama. “The last five minutes, I thought the crowd got into it and realized Auburn had a chance to beat us. And they really helped make that atmosphere loud the last five minutes. I hope our fans will do the same.” 

“We have to throw the first punch,” explained LSU standout junior Aneesah Morrow. Along with Angel Reese, Morrow dominated in the paint against Auburn as both players got double-doubles, but it wasn’t enough to pull out a win. “Locking down defensively and executing our offense is something that we didn’t do the first time,” Morrow said is the key to victory tonight for LSU.  

The LSU Tigers will face off against the Auburn Tigers tonight at 8 PM CT on ESPN and LSU will have a chance to make their mark for a higher ranking in the SEC tournament and March Madness. 

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