Angel Reese scores 26 points in her return to Baltimore as No. 7 LSU rolls past Coppin State 80-48

BALTIMORE (AP) — Angel Reese scored 26 points in a victorious return to her hometown, and No. 7 LSU beat Coppin State 80-48 on Wednesday night.

Reese, who was a high school star in Baltimore at St. Frances Academy, played two seasons at Maryland before transferring to LSU and winning a national title last season. She dominated the early going as the Tigers (12-1) took control and never really relinquished it.

“I knew that people were going to come out and support. They love me here, right or wrong, up and down,” Reese said. “Baltimore has always had my back.”

LSU hasn’t lost since a season-opening defeat against Colorado. Reese returned in late November from a much-publicized four-game absence, but the Tigers are now without star guard Hailey Van Lith, who has dealt with foot issues. She missed her fourth straight game.

LSU still had more than enough to hand Coppin State (3-10) its seventh consecutive loss.

At 6-foot-3, Reese was at least 2 inches taller than every player on Coppin State’s roster. She finished with six rebounds and five steals in addition to her game-high scoring total. Flau’jae Johnson added 18 points for the Tigers.

Tiffany Hammond scored 21 points for Coppin State, making seven 3-pointers. The undersized Eagles kept the game decently competitive for a while. Coppin State trailed 28-20 when Last-Tear Poa made a 3-pointer that started a 10-0 run for LSU.

It was 40-26 at the half.

“Obviously, you want to win, but it’s the No. 7 team in the country,” Coppin State coach Jermaine Woods said. “I was proud of the fight. I think all you left out of here and said that our young women never quit.”


LSU: The Tigers aren’t at full strength, as evidenced by the fact that all five starters played over 30 minutes. LSU’s size advantage was obvious, though. The Tigers outscored Coppin State 52-12 in the paint.

Coppin State: A game like this was a great opportunity for the Eagles, but the result was as expected. Coppin State does have a win over an ACC school this season — at Pittsburgh last month — but taking on the defending national champion was another matter.


Attendance at PEC Arena was 4,100, the facility’s first sellout for a Coppin State sporting event since the venue opened in 2009.


Timothy Greene was one of the officials for Wednesday’s game. He was the ref who ejected Mulkey on Sunday night against Northwestern State. This game was much less contentious.

“Did y’all know that guy tonight? He tossed me the last game,” Mulkey said. “He did the right thing though. I love Tim. He’s a good referee.”


LSU: Hosts Jacksonville on Dec. 30.

Coppin State: At Duke on Dec. 28.


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