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Morris and Reese Named To Naismith Trophy Women’s Watchlist

Morris and Reese Named To Naismith Trophy Women’s Watchlist

BATON ROUGE – With the season three days away, that Atlanta Tipoff Club has announced LSU’s Alexis Morris and Angel Reese have been named to the Naismith Trophy Women’s Watchlist as two of the top players in the country.

Morris and Reese are LSU’s most highly touted players entering the season, both of them earning numerous other preseason honors. Morris is one of 20 players on the Nancy Lieberman Award Watchlist, she is on the Preseason Coaches All-SEC First Team and the Preseason Media All-SEC Second Team. Reese is one of 20 players on the Katrina McClain Award Watchlist, she is on the Preseason Coaches All-SEC First Team and the Preseason Media All-SEC Second Team.

LSU will begin its season Monday when the Tigers host Bellarmine at 7 p.m. inside the PMAC. LSU will host a stuffed animal drive during Monday’s game where fans can donate stuffed animals that the LSU Women’s Basketball program will gift to Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health prior to the holiday season.

Morris electrified LSU’s offense during her debut season as a Tiger, earning Second Team All-SEC honors in her first year in Baton Rouge. Morris scored in double-figures during 22 games last season, averaging 15.0 points per game to lead LSU’s returners this season. She is the only player back from last season that averaged over 10 points. In her final season this year, Morris is expected to take on a larger role of leadership within the team and will see more time playing point guard than she did last year.

Reese is ESPN’s No. 1 Impact Transfer, coming to LSU from Maryland over the offseason. She is also ranked as the No. 7 player in the country going into the season by ESPN. The 6-3 forward earned multiple All-America honors last season and led the Terrapins to the Sweet 16 in her sophomore season before entering the transfer portal. With 17.8 points and 10.6 rebounds per game, Reese was the first Maryland sophomore to average a double-double since 1975. Out of St. Frances Academy, the Baltimore native was the No. 2 overall player in the class of 2020 and was a McDonald’s All-American. Reese has three seasons of eligibility remaining.

Fifty players are featured on the preseason watchlist and a midseason team featuring 30 players will be announced in early January. The competition will be narrowed down to 10 national semi-finalists in early March. The finalists for the women’s player of the year will be announced on March 21 and the winner will be named on March 29.

2023 Naismith Trophy Women’s Watchlist

Boston Aliyah Aliyah Boston Senior F South Carolina
Battles Diamond Diamond Battles Fifth Year G Georgia
Beal Brea Brea Beal Senior G South Carolina
Berger Grace Grace Berger Grad Student G Indiana
Blackwell Aijha Aijha Blackwell Senior G/F Baylor
Breen Sam Sam Breen Grad Student F UMass
Brink Cameron Cameron Brink Junior F Stanford
Brown Leigha Leigha Brown Fifth Year G Michigan
Brown-Turner Jakia Jakia Brown-Turner Senior W North Carolina State
Clark Caitlin Caitlin Clark Junior G Iowa
Cooke Zia Zia Cooke Senior G South Carolina
Curry Jayda Jayda Curry Sophomore G Cal
Czinano Monika Monika Czinano Fifth Year F/C Iowa
Fudd Azzi Azzi Fudd Sophomore G UConn
Harmon Rori Rori Harmon Sophomore G Texas
Holmes Mackenzie Mackenzie Holmes Senior F Indiana
Horston Jordan Jordan Horston Senior G Tennessee
Jackson Rickea Rickea Jackson Senior F Tennessee
Joens Ashley Ashley Joens Senior G/F Iowa State
Johnson Diamond Diamond Johnson Junior G North Carolina State
Jones Haley Haley Jones Senior G Stanford
Jones Morgan Morgan Jones Grad Student G Louisville
Kelly Deja Deja Kelly Junior G North Carolina
Key Tamari Tamari Key Senior C Tennessee
Kitley Elizabeth Elizabeth Kitley Senior C Virginia Tech
Kneepkens Gianna Gianna Kneepkens Sophomore G Utah
Leger-Walker Charlisse Charlisse Leger-Walker Junior G Washington State
Loville Jade Jade Loville Fifth Year G/F Arizona
Markowski Alexis Alexis Markowski Sophomore C/F Nebraska
Mikesell Taylor Taylor Mikesell Senior G Ohio State
Miles Olivia Olivia Miles Sophomore G Notre Dame
Miller Diamond Diamond Miller Senior G Maryland
Moore Aaliyah Aaliyah Moore Sophomore F Texas
Morris Alexis Alexis Morris Fifth Year G LSU
Morrow Aneesah Aneesah Morrow Sophomore F DePaul
Osborne Charisma Charisma Osborne Senior G UCLA
Owusu Ashley Ashley Owusu Senior G Virginia Tech
Paopao Te-Hina Te-Hina Paopao Junior G Oregon
Reese Angel Angel Reese Sophomore F LSU
Reese Cate Cate Reese Fifth Year F Arizona
Robertson Taylor Taylor Robertson Fifth Year G Oklahoma
Ryan Emily Emily Ryan Junior G Iowa State
Selland Myah Myah Selland Redshirt Senior F South Dakota State
Sheldon Jacy Jacy Sheldon Senior G Ohio State
Shelley Jaz Jaz Shelley Junior G Nebraska
Siegrist Maddy Maddy Siegrist Senior F Villanova
Ustby Alyssa Alyssa Ustby Junior G North Carolina
Van Lith Hailey Hailey Van Lith Junior G Louisville
Wells Destinee Destinee Wells Junior G Belmont
Williams Madi Madi Williams Fifth Year F Oklahoma