SEC-ond to none: Media believes LSU women team to beat for conference title; names Angel Reese Player of Year

Reese one of three Tigers named to All-SEC first team

LSU All-American Angel Reese was selected at No. 7 overall in the 2024 WNBA Draft. PHOTO BY: Jonathan Mailhes

For the past two years under head coach Kim Mulkey, the LSU women’s basketball team has been the runners-up in the Southeastern Conference to South Carolina.

Five months after breaking through with the program’s first national championship the Tigers have been selected to win the 2023-24 SEC Championship by SEC and national media members.

LSU, 34-2 a year ago, were selected ahead of South Carolina, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Mississippi State among the top five schools.

The Tigers dominated the first-team preseason selections with returning first team All-America choice Angel Reese getting the nod for the league’s preseason Player of the Year.

Reese led the SEC in both scoring (23.0 and rebounding (15.4) last season and her 34 double-doubles broke both a NCAA and SEC record.

Reese was joined on the first team by sophomore guard Flau’jae Johnson and graduate point guard Hailey Van Lith, a transfer from Louisville.

Johnson, last year’s Freshman of the Year, started in all 36 of LSU’s games a year ago and is the team’s second-leading returning scorer at 11 points. She also averaged 5.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists.

Van Lith, who is expected to handle LSU’s point guard role, scored 1,553 points and averaged 15.4 points in her three previous seasons at Louisville. She averaged a career-best 19.7 points last season with 4.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.4 steals.

Van Lith was named Tuesday to the Ann Meyers-Drysdale Award preseason watchlist, a list of the nation’s top 20 shooting guards.

LSU’s trio were joined on the first team by Tennessee’s Rickea Jackson and South Carolina’s Kamila Cardoso.

The Tigers were also represented on the All-SEC second team by junior guard/forward Aneesah Morrow of DePaul. Morrow averaged 25.7 points and 12.2 rebounds last season for the Blue Demons.

2023-24 SEC Preseason Media Poll

1. LSU

2. South Carolina

3. Tennessee

4. Ole Miss

5. Mississippi State

6. Arkansas

7. Georgia

8. Texas A&M

9. Alabama

10. Florida

11. Missouri

12. Auburn

13. Kentucky

14. Vanderbilt

Preseason Player of the Year

Angel Reese, LSU

Preseason All-SEC First-Team

Flau’Jae Johnson, LSU

Angel Reese, LSU

Hailey Van Lith, LSU

Kamila Cardoso, South Carolina

Rickea Jackson, Tennessee

Preseason All-SEC Second Team

Anneesah Morrow, LSU

Madison Scott, Ole Miss

Jessika Carter, Mississippi State

Jewel Spear, Tennessee

Aicha Coulibaly, Texas A&M

Jordyn Cambridge, Vanderbilt

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