DALLAS – Alexis Morris wasn’t ready to leave home just yet.
The LSU women’s basketball senior point guard, the Beaumont, Texas native, switched her goal from celebrating her Senior Night at the Final Four to the national championship.
Morris, more affectionately known as Lex Luthor, vanquished Virginia Tech (31-5) with a game-high 27 points in the Tigers’ 79-72 victory inside American Airlines Center Friday night.
LSU (33-2), in Kim Mulkey’s second season in Baton Rouge, advances to its first national championship appearance.
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Morris, playing in front of a multitude of family and friends, was not going to be denied against the Hokies.
She slashed, she created, she welcomed and took open shots, hitting a host of them.
Her performance was a far cry from how the guard had played leading up to the Final Four against Virginia Tech, as she had struggled to get going in the previous four NCAA Tournament games.
But as she’s been all season for the Tigers, when they needed a big shot, they turned to Morris and she delivered for her team. The Hokies had no defense for her.
From the outset, LSU went inside early and often. It paid off in the early going, as 20 of LSU’s first 24 points of the game came from the paint, from its bigs as well as senior point guard Alexis Morris penetrating and getting to the basket.
LSU totaled a monstrous 54 points in the paint to Virginia tech’s 14.
Reese finished with 24 points, 12 rebounds and Williams had 16 and 7 boards as well.
When Kim Mulkey was introduced as LSU’s head coach back in 2021, she said her goal was to bring championships back to Baton Rouge and LSU.
After the win over VT, the three-time national championship-winning coach at Baylor, has gotten the Tigers as close as they’ve ever been.
LSU women’s basketball made five straight Final Fours from 2004 to 2008 but lost all five games.
Cory Diaz covers the LSU Tigers and Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns for The Daily Advertiser as part of the USA TODAY Network. Follow his Tigers and Cajuns coverage on Twitter: @ByCoryDiaz. Got questions regarding LSU/UL athletics? Send them to Cory Diaz at email@example.com.
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