Morris and Reese Named WBCA All-America Regional Finalists
ATLANTA – LSU’s Alexis Morris and Angel Reese have both been named as WBCA All-America Regional Finalists for the 2023 WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America.
Morris and Reese have been critical pieces to LSU’s puzzle and have the Tigers in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2014. LSU will take on Utah on Friday at 4 p.m. CT on ESPN.
The 2023 WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America team will be announced later this month.
In her second year at LSU, Morris has led the Tigers’ offense efficiently as the team’s point guard. She has scored the ball and distributed the ball, helping the offense score 83.2 points per game. Morris is averaging 14.7 points per game and 4.0 assist per game.
Morris has eight games this season with 20+ points and she has distributed 5+ assists in 14 games this year.
In LSU’s 25-point New Year’s Day win over Vanderbilt Morris was efficient and effective on the offensive end, recording her first career double-double. She scored 15 points and dished out a career-high 12 assists to allow the best offense in the nation to run efficiently.
Morris was electric in LSU’s January 30 win over Tennessee. She scored a career-high 31 points in LSU’s win over Tennessee. She also had 6 rebounds and 5 steals as well as 3 assists. She is the first LSU player with 30+ points, 5+ rebounds and 5+ rebounds in a game.
She also shined in LSU game at No. 1 South Carolina, leading a comeback attempt for LSU after the Tigers fell behind quickly, 18-2. Morris finished the game with 23 points and 6 rebounds and her performance late in the first quarter and throughout the second quarter allowed the Tigers to claw back within 3 of South Carolina before halftime before the Gamecocks extended their lead.
Reese has been one of the most prolific players in the country in her first season at LSU. She has a LSU record 30 double-doubles and is averaging 23.8 points and 15.7 rebounds per game.
Through the first two round of the NCAA Tournament, Reese has been unstoppable. She had 34 points, 15 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 blocks and 2 assists in the first-round against Hawaii. She is the first SEC player this century with 30 points and 15 rebounds in a NCAA Tournament game. She also tied the LSU record for points in a NCAA Tournament game with Marie Ferdinand (2001).
In LSU’s second-round game against Michigan, Rece continued to put up historic numbers, like she has done all season. She finished the game with 25 points, 24 rebounds, 6 blocks, 4 assists and 3 steals, becoming the first player in tournament history with 25 points and 24 rebounds, according the HerHoopStats. Her 24 rebounds were the most ever by a LSU player in a NCAA Tournament game (Sylvia Fowles, 2006) and third most ever in a NCAA Tournament game. It was LSU’s second 20/20 game in NCAA Tournament history (Sylvia Fowles, 2006) and Reese’s sixth 20/20 game of the season.
With seven SEC Player of the Week honors throughout the week, including the final two weeks of the regular season, Reese set the conference record.
Against Texas A&M on January 5 in Baton Rouge, Reese went for 26 points and a LSU record 28 rebounds – the most by a player in the SEC since the conference started sponsoring women’s basketball during the 1981-82 season.
Against Ole Miss on February 16, Reese had another impressive performance. She set a career-high with 36 points and hauled in 20 rebounds against Ole Miss, her fourth game of the season with 20+ points and 20+ rebounds. It marked the first time since 1978 (Maree Jackson) that a LSU player had 30+ points or 35+ points and 20+ rebounds. It marked the 11th time in LSU history a player had 30 and 20 and it was the seventh time a player had 35 and 20.
Jackson had previously recorded all of LSU’s 35/20 games. Julie Gross had one 30/20 game. Gross, Jackson and Reese are the only three players in LSU history to record 30/20 games.
Reese’s 36 points were the most by a LSU player since Cornelia Gayden scored 49 vs. Jackson State in 1995.
The Baltimore, Maryland native has made history at every turn throughout the season.
In LSU’s win over Lamar on December 14, Reese did something that no pro or college basketball player has done in at least the past 20 years per @OptaStats on twitter. Reese is the only NBA, WNBA or Division I men’s or women’s player in the last 20 years to have at least 30+ points, 15+ rebounds, 4+ assists, 4+ steals and shoot over 80-percent in the same game.
With 30-point games against Lamar and Montana St., Reese became the first LSU player since Elaine Powell in the 1995-96 season with consecutive 30+ point games.
At Florida on February 19, Reese had 25 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals in LSU’s win at Florida, marking the first time over the past 20 seasons that an SEC players has had at least 25 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists in a conference game.