LSU’s Alexis Morris named to preseason watchlist for Nancy Lieberman Award

Senior guard Alexis Morris (45) is the team's lone returning starter and leading scorer after averaging 15 points a game last season. PHOTO BY: LSU women's basketball Twitter.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – LSU’s Alexis Morris is one of 20 players selected Monday to the preseason watchlist for the 2023 Nancy Lieberman Award, symbolic as the nation’s top point guards, the Women’s Basketball Coach Associated announced.

Morris, a native of Beaumont, Texas, averaged 15 points and had 22 games last season in which she scored in double figures. She ranked eighth in the SEC in shooting percentage (46.1).

Morris is one of three players returning from a team that went 26-6 overall and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. She’s expected to take on a larger role this season for a team with four signees from the NCAA transfer portal, including Angel Reese of Maryland and LaDazhia Williams of Missouri, and one of the nation’s top signing classes that includes junior college guard Last-Tear Pao and Top 25 high school signees Flau’Jae Johnson and Sa’Myah Smith.

Morris is back for her second and final season with the Tigers. After playing her freshman year for Coach Kim Mulkey at Baylor, Morris bounced around to Rutgers and Texas A&M before once again teaming up with Coach Mulkey for her first season in Baton Rouge. Morris’ presence electrified LSU’s offense a season ago, earning second team All-SEC honors and helping lead the Tigers to a 26-6 record and a second-place finish in the SEC.

The 5-6 guard from Beaumont, Texas averaged 15.0 points per game and scored in double-figures in 22 games, including in her first 11 with the Tigers. Her 46.1 shooting percentage ranked No. 8 in the SEC. Morris was part of LSU’s three headed monster in the back court that also included Jailin Cherry and 2022 Nancy Lieberman Award finalist Khayla Pointer. Morris is the only one of those three returning this season as the Tigers have nine newcomers.

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