Angel Reese absent from LSU women's basketball game Friday. What coach Kim Mulkey said

LSU women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey declined to give a reason for star player Angel Reese's absence during the Tigers' 73-50 win against Southeastern Louisiana on Friday.

Reese did not suit up as LSU (4-1) traveled to University Center in Hammond, Louisiana.

Mulkey was direct in confirming that Reese is still part of the team without giving a specific cause for her absence.

Angel was not in uniform," Mulkey said. "Angel is a part of this basketball team, and we hope she's back with the team soon. I'm not gonna answer any more than that."




Reese, a sparkplug in last season's national championship run, was benched for the second half of the Tigers' previous game against Kent State, a move characterized by Kim Mulkey as a "coach's decision."

Reese played a season-low 14 minutes in the 109-79 win over Kent State and produced a season-low 11 points with five rebounds.

After LSU's season-opening loss to Colorado, Reese bounced back with a 28-point, 14-rebound performance against Queen University in the second game of the season.