Angel Reese absent for No. 7 LSU’s second straight game

For unclear reasons, Angel Reese will miss LSU's second consecutive home game against Texas Southern on Monday night.

LSU benched Reese early in the second half of their 109-79 win against Kent State last week. Coach Kim Mulkey called that benching.

Reese missed Friday's game versus Southeastern Louisiana. Mulkey would not say why the junior forward was not on the trip.

"It's very obvious Angel wasn't in uniform," Mulkey said Friday. Angel is on this basketball team, so we expect to see her soon. No more answers. End of story. All you need to know."

LSU (4-1), the defending national champion, has struggled early in 2023-24. Mulkey criticized her Tigers' tenacity after losing to Colorado 92-78 on opening night.

"I'm disappointed and surprised in some individual players that I thought would just be tougher and have a little fight and leadership about them," said Mulkey.

The LSU women's basketball program won its first national Championship last April over Iowa. First-team All-America Reese led the Tigers with 23 points and 15.4 rebounds per game.

Reese has averaging 17 points and 10.3 rebounds in 22.3 minutes in four games to open the season.