Everything we know so far about Angel Reese's unexplained absence from LSU

Benching a player isn't shocking. Decisions fall to coaches. When that player is All-American Angel Reese, things get more intriguing.

Since winning a national championship early this year, the LSU Lady Tigers have drawn attention. After facing Iowa in the women's NCAA tournament, Angel Reese unleashed a John Cena troll on Caitlin Clark, and the team topped news cycles.

LSU, which entered the 2023-2024 season No.1 on November 6, has had high expectations since then. Two weeks later, the bayou may be in trouble.

Why was Angel Reese benched? Fans want to know. Let's start with what we know as this story unfolds: LSU couldn't handle Jaylyn Sherrod and Colorado.

Reese scored 15 points and 12 rebounds but shot 6-of-15 from the field after missing multiple under-the-basket looks. Head Coach Kim Mulkey became irritated as time passed.

After Reese missed the game against Southeastern Louisiana, social media speculation ensued. The lineup included transfer Aneesha Morrow in Reese's absence.

When asked after the game, Mulkey said the team wanted “to see her sooner rather than later.”