BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — No. 1 LSU will take to the PMAC floor Wednesday night for its final exhibition against Loyola (N.O.) at 7 p.m. CT.
The exhibition is free for fans to attend. It will stream on the SEC Network + and Emily Ward will be alongside Patrick Wright on the LSU Sports Radio Network, 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge.
Thursday night, LSU will host a watch party for ‘Piece by Piece’ in the PMAC, the documentary about LSU’s 2023 National Championship in the PMAC. Doors will open at 7 p.m. CT with the documentary set to begin at 8 p.m. The documentary will also air live on LSU.GOLD, but fans in attendance at the PMAC will have the chance to win exclusive prizes.
The Tigers will open their season on Monday in the Hall of Fame Series against No. 20 Colorado in Las Vegas. LSU’s first home game will be on Nov. 9 against Queens (NC). Prior to that game, set to tipoff at 7 p.m. CT, LSU will receive its national championship rings and raise the national championship banner in the PMAC. Doors for that game will open at 5:30 and the ceremony will begin at 6:20.
In last week’s exhibition against East Texas Baptist, Coach Kim Mulkey started five newcomers and toyed with various lineups throughout the game. This year’s team has depth at all positions and these exhibitions are an opportunity for her and her staff to figure out who should be on the court with who in certain situations.
Preseason AP All-America Angel Reese is back for her second season at LSU after being named the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player. She set the NCAA record last season with 34 double-doubles throughout the year, averaging 23.0 points and 15.4 rebounds per game. Flau’Jae Johnson, the reigning SEC Freshman of the Year, is also back. The Tigers also return key players like Last-Tear Poa, Kateri Poole and Sa’Myah Smith.
The Tigers brought in the top two players out of the transfer portal in Hailey Van Lith and Aneesah Morrow. Van Lith last season at Louisville averaged 19.7 points, 3.2 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game last season and was the only player in American other than Iowa’s Caitlin Clark who averaged at least 19 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Over the summer, Van Lith claimed a gold medal with Team USA at the 3×3 FIBA World Cup. Morrow comes to LSU after being one of the most dominant players in the country at DePaul over the past two seasons. She and Reese were the only two players in the country to rank inside the top-10 nationally in both scoring and rebounding. As a freshman during the 2021-22 season, both the WBCA and USBWA tabbed Morrow as the National Freshman of the Year.
LSU’s freshman class is made up of Mikaylah Williams, Aalyah Del Rosario, Angelica Velez and Janae Kent. Williams was a highly recruited guard as the top player in her class according to AGSR, Prospects Nation and the Jr. All-Star National rankings.
A 6-6 center, Del Rosario was the top post player in the class and was ranked as high as No. 4 overall by Just Women’s Sports. Velez is a shifty guard from the Bronx, Ny. who was ranked as the No. 21 player in her class by Prospects Nation. Kent is an all-around guard who has the size and athleticism at 6-1 to be a threat anywhere on the floor and was an ESPN Top-100 recruit.
(Press release provided by LSU Athletics)