LSU All-America forward Angel Reese was not with the seventh-ranked Tigers for their short road trip to SE Louisiana on Friday night.
Angel is part of this basketball team, and we hope to see her sooner than later," LSU coach Kim Mulkey said after the Tigers defeated the Lady Lions 73-50.
Mulkey offered no further explanation and didn't take any additional questions about Reese. No LSU players were made available for postgame interviews.
Reese had started LSU's first four games, during which the Tigers went 3-1, and averaged 17 points and 10.3 rebounds during those games.
After that, the 6-foot, three-inch forward transferred to LSU where she was named All-American, Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four and became a national champion.
Reese led the Southeastern Conference in both scoring (23 points per game) and rebounding (15.4 per game) last season, becoming just the fourth player to lead the league in both categories.
Reese, nicknamed the "Bayou Barbie" and known for her eyelash extensions and pink finger nails, led LSU to its first national title in women's basketball last season.