BATON ROUGE, LA. (AP) – LSU coach Kim Mulkey is one win away from the perfect begin in program historical past with the Tigers in his second season after leaving the powerhouse he constructed at Baylor to return to his house state.
Angel Reese had 21 factors and 17 rebounds to snap a streak of double-doubles in each sport this season, and ninth-ranked LSU improved to 14-0 with an 88-63 win over Vanderbilt on Sunday.
Mulkey sounds pleased to be part of LSU historical past, so long as nobody on his employees or roster is targeted on it or actually even speaking about it.
“I do not know that it means something, truthfully, apart from we’re centered on the subsequent sport,” Mulkey stated. “If it occurs, you’ll all write about it. We cannot speak about it a lot within the dressing room.”
Alexis Morris had 15 factors, together with a 3-pointer that gave the Tigers (14-0, 2-0 SEC) a 70-47 lead early within the fourth quarter, with a career-high 12 assists and three steals.
“It is only a matter of adjusting my mindset and never being so centered on scoring,” Morris stated after his first profession double-double. “I believe I am extra pleased with the help stats than simply the factors. I’ve extra enjoyable when my teammates rating targets.
“I nonetheless like to attain targets,” Marris added. “It is simply not my function this 12 months.”
That is as a result of LSU will get important offense from Reese, a Maryland switch, and 20-point freshman Flaujah Johnson, giving it 10 or extra factors in 4 of its final 5 video games.
Reese produced regardless of Vanderbilt defenders speeding and lacking 10 of 18 photographs.
“It is a respect,” Malkin stated of Vandy’s defensive strategy to Reese. “He nonetheless had a double-double. He was nonetheless doing his job. You miss some, so be it.”
Siaja Harbison scored 27 factors for Vanderbilt (9-7, 0-2), reaching the 20-point mark for the sixth time this season. However the Commodores struggled to search out factors, making 35.5% of their photographs (22 of 62).
LaDajia Williams scored 12 factors and blocked 4 photographs for LSU, which dominated inside, outrebounding Vanderbilt 53-22 and outscoring the Commodores 48-18.
“There are some issues we have to tackle if we’re to proceed to be aggressive in our league. No. 1 clearly bounces again,” Vanderbilt coach Shay Ralph stated, noting the Commodores have been outscored by 20 or extra in two straight video games. “It’s merely unacceptable.”
LSU took the lead for good when Reese’s free throws made it 17-15 late within the first quarter.
The Tigers led by 12 factors within the second quarter when Jasmine Carson’s 3-pointer made it 38-26 and Morris’ free throws led to a 45-43 halftime lead.
Vanderbilt. Harbison made two of three 3-point makes an attempt, made seven of his 9 free throws and in addition had seven assists. … Jada Brown scored 9 factors, hitting three 3-pointers. … Shot 9 of 21 from 3-point vary as a workforce.
LSU. That is the third time LSU has opened a season with 14 wins and the primary time since 2005-06. One of the best begin in program historical past is 15-0 in 2002-03 when eight-time WNBA All-Star Simone Augustus was a freshman. … Taking pictures: 53% (34-of-64). … LSU now has 12 wins this season by 20 or extra factors, together with in every of its first two SEC video games this season.
Vanderbilt. in Mississippi on Thursday.
LSU. Hosts Texas A&M on Thursday.
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