LSU's Angel Reese Missing from Hardcourt Amid Speculation as to Why

The "Bayou Barbie” missed her second consecutive game on Nov. 20 and no clear explanation has been given.

LSU Women’s basketball star Angel Reese has not had an ideal start to the 2023-24 season. 

USA Today reports that after only four games into the season, Reese was noticeably absent in LSU’s 73-50 win over Southeastern Louisiana on Friday (Nov. 17). 

"It's very obvious Angel was not in uniform,” said coach Kim Mulkey during her postgame press conference. “Angel is a part of this basketball team and we hope to see her sooner rather than later … I’m not going to answer anymore. That’s it. That’s all y’all need to know, OK?”

On X formerly Twitter, Resse gave her only response after being benched.

“Please don’t believe everything you read,” her post read.

As questions about Reese being MIA continued to be raised, she missed her second consecutive game on Monday (Nov. 20) night where the Tigers' defeated Texas Southern 106-47.

Again, Mulkey did not reveal many details in her explanation of Resse’s absence.

Angel Reese Discusses The Future Of Women’s Basketball And Why She Refuses To Be Boxed In

“Sometimes you want to know more than you're entitled to know. I'm going to protect my players," Mulkey said.

However the coach did not share when Reese would return to the team.

After the Tigers' were stunned by Colorado in a 92-78 loss in the season opener, Mulkey expressed her frustration with the team's performance without singling out any player.

"I'm disappointed in some individual players who I thought would be tougher, have a little fight and leadership about them," she said.

Last Tuesday (Nov. 14) Reese was benched in during  halftime of the Tigers'  109-79 win over Kent State in what Mulkey called a "coach's decision." 

2023 was a banner year for the "Bayou Barbie,” after leading LSU to the NCAA 2023 National Championship. 

As one of the most popular and profitable players in collegiate sports,  Reese has landed NIL deals with Reebok, Tampax, PlayStation, Raising Canes, McDonald's, Coach, Wingstop, Outback Steakhouse, and Amazon.

Latest News

Subscribe for BET Updates

Provide your email address to receive our newsletter.

By clicking Subscribe, you confirm that you have read and agree to our Terms of Use and acknowledge our Privacy Policy. You also agree to receive marketing communications, updates, special offers (including partner offers) and other information from BET and the Paramount family of companies. You understand that you can unsubscribe at any time.