LSU’s Angel Reese earns record seventh SEC Player of Week honor

Sophomore forward also named semifinalist for Naismith Defensive Player of Year

LSU's Angel Reese scored 23 points and had 26 rebounds in Sunday's 74-59 win Sunday over Mississippi State. PHOTO BY: LSU athletics

She had already reached rarified air when LSU’s Angel Reese took another step forward.

For a record seventh time this season, Reese was selected the Southeastern Conference’s Player of the Week, an honor she’s sharing this week with South Carolina’s Aliyah Boston.

No. 5 LSU (27-1) equaled the best regular season in school history in Sunday’s 74-59 victory over Mississippi State before a school-record crowd of 15,721 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Reese was also named a semifinalist for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Monday.

LSU has a double-bye in this week’s SEC Tournament where they’re the No. 2 seed and play Thursday at 5 p.m. against the Auburn-Georgia winner.

Reese, a transfer from Maryland, equaled the program record previously held by Sylvia Fowles with her 27th double-double of the season with two double-doubles during the past week in wins over Vanderbilt and Mississippi State.

The 6-foot-3 sophomore tied for team scoring honors with Alexis Morris with 23 points and pulled down a game-high 23 rebounds for her fifth 20/20 game of the season against Mississippi State.

Reese is the first player in conference history in the NCAA era with 26-plus rebounds in her career. She established a school record with 26 rebounds on Jan. 5 in a 74-34 win over Texas A&M.

She finished as the conference leader in both scoring (23.7) and rebounding (16.0) in her first season with the Tigers.

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