Reese, LSU top Michigan in 2nd round of March Madness

LSU forward Angel Reese, center, works against Michigan forward Emily Kiser, arm behind Reese,...
LSU forward Angel Reese, center, works against Michigan forward Emily Kiser, arm behind Reese, and Michigan guard Leigha Brown, right, for a rebound during the first half of a second-round college basketball game in the women's NCAA Tournament in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, March 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)(Matthew Hinton | AP)
Published: Mar. 19, 2023 at 10:04 PM EDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Angel Reese dismantled Michigan on both ends of the court with 25 points, 24 rebounds, six blocks and three steals to help third-seeded LSU beat the No. 6 seed Wolverines 66-42 Sunday night in the second round of the women’s NCAA Tournament.

Reese, a 6-foot-3 All-America forward, did most of her damage with gauze wedged under her upper lip after a shot to her mouth drew blood in the opening minutes of the game.

Alexis Morris scored 11 and LaDazhia Williams had 10 points and 10 rebounds for LSU (30-2), which never trailed and held Michigan (23-10) to its lowest point total of the season.

In just their second season under coach Kim Mulkey, the Tigers advanced past the second round of the tournament for the first time since 2014 and will meet second seed Utah in the Greenville 2 regional semifinal.

Laila Phelia scored 20 points for Michigan, which opened the second half with a 7-0 run to pull as close as eight points, but quickly went back down by double-digits for good after Reese’s layup and Kateri Poole’s 3.

Reese played with relentless determination, three times chasing driving Michigan players down the lane to swat their shots away from behind.

She was a menace to Michigan rebounders on both ends of the court. She grabbed 14 offensive rebounds. And after one, Emily Kiser was called for an intentional foul when she knocked Reese to the floor on a putback attempt.

LSU had 18 second-chance points to Michigan’s 2, and although both teams shot 35%, LSU got off 68 shots to Michigan’s 46.

Leading by only a few points early on, the Tigers took over in the second quarter. Jasmine Carson hit three 3s for LSU, which had missed its first eight from deep. Her third put LSU up 23-9, prompting Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico to call timeout.

That stunted LSU’s momentum only briefly before Reese scored LSU’s next seven points on a short jumper, a putback, an explosive drive to the hoop and a free throw to put the Tigers up 30-15 at halftime.