Kim Mulkey hopes Angel Reese will be back with LSU women 'sooner rather than later'

On Friday night, the LSU women's basketball team defeated Southeastern Louisiana 73-50 on the road without All-American big Angel Reese in the lineup.

Angel was clearly not wearing a uniform, according to LSU coach Kim Mulkey. "Angel is a part of this basketball team, and we hope to see her sooner rather than later."

Reese sat out the entire second half of No. 7 LSU's Tuesday morning victory over Kent State after starting the first half.

She fouled out on the Tigers' opening possession of the game after missing a 3-point shot, but she came back in the following quarter and played for an additional twelve minutes.

Mulkey refrained from going into detail on Tuesday regarding Reese's absences from the third and fourth quarters and LSU wing Kateri Poole's complete absence from the game. The absences, in her words, were "coach's decisions."

Additionally, she dismissed an inquiry on Thursday on Reese's probable playing status for the Southeastern game by stating, "you'd better get a ticket and see," rather than indicating that she would start or play.

Prior to Friday's game, LSU spokesman Grant Kauvar declined to comment on Reese's condition. Reese's season average through four games is 17.0 points and 10.3 rebounds.

When the Tigers went 34-2 and won six straight games in the NCAA tournament en route to the national championship, she averaged 23.0 points and 15.4 assists per game the previous season.

The Pride Roofing University Center, which is 41 years old, hosted its biggest-ever sporting event crowd—7,500—when the Tigers played there on Friday.