LSU women's basketball star Angel Reese refrained from making a negative public response to head coach Kim Mulkey benching her in the second half of a win over Kent State on Tuesday.
Instead, Reese shared a social media post hyping up freshman teammate Mikayla Williams after Williams scored 42 points. Much of the first-year guard's scoring came with Reese sitting on the sideline.
After limiting Reese to 14 minutes, Mulkey stoked speculation of a rift by calling it a "coach's decision" and suggesting there was an unflattering reason behind her decision.
Reese has been a polarizing figure in college basketball since last season's NCAA Tournament when she celebrated mockingly in front of Iowa star Caitlin Clark.
Some have slammed her attitude, while others have praised her for adding excitement to the sport. The 21-year-old claimed her NCAA Tournament antics represented her desire to be herself.
All year, I was critiqued about who I was," Reese said. "I don't fit the narrative. I don't fit in a box that y'all want me to be in. I'm too hood. I'm too ghetto. Y'all told me that all year.