TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — No. 3 LSU (19-0, 7-0 SEC) will take on Alabama (15-4, 4-2 SEC) Monday night at the Coleman Coliseum at 6 p.m. CT on the SEC network while Angel Reese attempts to play for LSU -Record for consecutive double-doubles, with one in every game this season.
It will be the Tigers’ first of two back-to-back Monday night games as they are scheduled to face Tennessee next Monday in Baton Rouge, in a game where LSU will knock out PMAC.
The game will air on the SEC Network with Sam Gore and Steffi Sorensen. Patrick Wright and Jeff Palermo will broadcast the game on the LSU Sports Radio Network, 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge.
The Tigers only want to become the second LSU team from any sport to start a season 20-0 as they are currently tied with the 1997 baseball team, which won its first 19 games before losing one. The 2015 softball team had the best start in LSU athletics history, starting the season 25-0.
In LSU’s thrilling 79-76 win over Arkansas Thursday night, Reese scored 30 points and 19 rebounds to earn her 19th place in the gameth Double-doubles in a row and tying in with the LSU record set by Sylvia Fowles in 2006-07. Reese, who won National Player of the Year, averages 24.2 points and 15.6 rebounds per game.
Several other players competed in the win over Arkansas. Flau’jae Johnson continued to show why she’s at the top of the SEC Freshman of the Year conversation by amassing 19 points and rebounding six (she’s averaging 14.2 points and 6.3 rebounds this year). She also went 4-4 from the free throw line in the last 16 seconds of the game to thwart the game.
“If there’s a better freshman in this league — look at their stats,” said Coach Kim Mulkey.
“She (Coach Mulkey) really believed in what I wanted to do with my music and with basketball,” Johnson said. “I feel like she had the confidence in me because I’m in the gym a lot. I’m constantly perfecting my craft.”
LaDazhia Williams hit her first double-double of the season Thursday night with a strong performance of 11 points and 12 rebounds. Jasmine Carson had 10 points and led LSU with 4 assists.
Alexis Morris struggled to get going in the first three quarters. But when LSU fell behind in the fourth quarter for the first time in 188 minutes and for the first time this season, Morris came through in the clutch. On the court, she urged the team not to panic and stay calm and balanced, and then in the clutch she hit a big three from the right wing to tie the game and then hit a floater to save LSU returning the lead, one the Tigers wouldn’t give up.
“I told Alexis that big players take big shots at the right time, and I told her to get up and take some of those shots,” Reese said after the game.
Alabama, like Arkansas, is a team that loves to hit the ball from long range, as the Crimson Tide leads the SEC with 9.1 threes made per game at an SEC-leading .388 clip. Though the Tigers don’t take nearly as many three-pointers as Alabama, they rank second in the SEC with a .378 mark behind the arc. Alabama has six players who shoot 35 percent or better from behind the bow. Brittany Davis is the only Crimson Tide player to average in double digits, averaging 17.6 points per game.
“Alabama is structured a little differently than Arkansas,” said Coach Mulkey. “We know they’re going to shoot the three-ball, but I think — Kristy (Curry), Kelly (Curry) and I — we worked together at Louisiana Tech, we butted heads when I was at Baylor and she was at Texas Tech were; she is a good friend of mine. It’s going to be a fight.”
Coach Mulkey and Alabama Coach Curry have long coached together at Louisiana Tech, where they served together as assistants from 1996-1999. During Coach Mulkey’s tenure at Baylor, she coached against Curry in the Big 12 game when Curry was the head coach at Texas Tech from 2006-2013. Since then she has been in Alabama.