Clean sweep: LSU women’s basketball garners top honors on 2022-23 All-Louisiana team

Reese, Johnson, Mulkey earn top billing after first NCAA national title

LSU was the nation’s top women’s program this season with its first national championship and that superiority was reflected on this year’s 2022-23 All-Louisiana Women’s Basketball team that was released Tuesday.

The Tigers (34-2) swept top honors with All-American Angel Reese capturing both Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year honors. Second-year coach Kim Mulkey was named Coach of the Year, guard Flau’jae Johnson was Freshman of the Year and fifth-year senior guard Alexis Morris joined her teammates on the five-member first team.

Reese, a transfer from Maryland, became the fourth player in SEC history to lead the league in both scoring (23.0) and rebounding (15.4) and set the NCAA record with 34 double-doubles.

Johnson, who started all 36 of the team’s games, averaged 11.0 points and 5.9 rebounds. She was also the SEC’s Freshman of the Year, collecting 20 games with double-figure points and three double-doubles. Morris, the team’s point guard, was a first team All-SEC performer with 15.4 points and 4.1 assists per game which she increased to 24 points a contest during the Final Four.

Mulkey, 60-8 in two years at LSU, led the Tigers to a 22-0 start to the season and second place finish in the SEC regular season. The Tigers, with nine new players, gelled into a cohesive unit during the NCAA Tournament which included wins over Hawaii and Michigan at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

After rallying for a Sweet 16 win over Utah, LSU defeated Miami (54-42) to reach the Final Four where they rallied from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter and defeat Virginia Tech, 79-72. The Tigers then exploded in the final game for a 102-85 win over Iowa – a record number of points in a title game.

2023 All-Louisiana Women’s Basketball Team:

First Team

Sandra Cannady, UNO

Kennedy Hansberry, Loyola

Flau’jae Johnson, LSU

Alexis Morris, LSU 

Angel Reese, LSU

Second Team

Lexi Alexander, Nicholls

Hailey Giaratano, Southeastern Louisiana

Dynah Jones, Tulane

Emma Merriweather, ULM

Keiunna Walker, Louisiana Tech

Third Team

Miya McKinney, Louisiana Christian

Candice Parramore, Northwestern State

Dearica Pryor, UNO

Anna Larr Roberson, Louisiana Tech

Lanay Wheaton, UL-Lafayette

Player of the Year

Angel Reese, LSU

Newcomer of the Year

Angel Reese, LSU

Freshman of the Year

Flau’jae Johnson, LSU

Coach of the Year

Kim Mulkey, LSU

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