This season, only two Division I women’s college basketball players have recorded at least 18 rebounds and seven assists in the same game: Princeton’s Ellie Mitchell and LSU’s Angel Reese.
Reese did it Thursday night, when her No. 7 LSU team punished Texas A&M in an 87-70 win. The Aggies entered the game with the nation’s top scoring defense, but they struggled to prevent LSU from finding open looks from 3-point range, where it shot 6 of 11, and earning trips to the free-throw line, where it shot 25 of 32.
The Tigers can thank Reese for most of their success in each area. The star forward drew seven fouls and set up three makes from beyond the arc and four more in the paint, tallying a career-high seven assists.
“I saw (Reese’s passing) last year because she was doubled and triple-teamed a lot,” coach Kim Mulkey said. “If you watch us play, Angel’s not being double and triple-teamed, and she’s still finding open players.”
Reese said after the game that because LSU added Aneesah Morrow, Mikaylah Williams and Hailey Van Lith in the offseason, she suspected that this year, she’d sacrifice certain numbers to help the team strike an even distribution of points and rebounds.
After 13 games, it looks like Reese was correct.
The All-American forward is taking 3.4 fewer shots, scoring 3.2 fewer points and grabbing 3.9 fewer rebounds per game than she did last season. Her overall rebounding percentage, an estimate of the available boards a player corrals in her time on the floor, is down year-over-year, from 24% to 20.8%.