DALLAS — A fiery fourth-quarter comeback from LSU erased a 12-point Virginia Tech lead, giving the Tigers a 79-72 win within the first nationwide semifinal within the women’s Ultimate 4 and advancing LSU to Sunday’s title recreation.
The Tigers will play the winner of South Carolina-Iowa.
Trailing 59–50 coming into the fourth, LSU scored 15 unanswered factors to take a 72–62 lead with 3:04 remaining. Virginia Tech, with its small bench, couldn’t get better.
Alexis Morris led LSU with 27 factors, whereas Angel Reese chipped in 24 factors and 12 rebounds for his thirty third double-double of the season. The Tigers outscored Virginia Tech within the paint 54–14 (no, that is not a misprint) and transformed 15 offensive boards into 24 second-chance factors.
Virginia Tech took their first lead of the sport with 1:21 to play within the first half after switching to finish zone and occurring an 11–0 run. The Hokies had been led by Elizabeth Kitley with 18 factors and 12 rebounds, and Kayna Traylor and Georgia Amur added 17 every. Nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient for the Hokies, who had been enjoying of their first Ultimate 4 of the season.
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A scoring drought of greater than 5 minutes in the midst of the fourth quarter wreaked havoc on the Hokies, who had been clearly fatigued and had been quick on a lot of their pictures. In the meantime, LSU energetic, forcing turnovers and ending on the rim by means of contact.
LSU’s 15–0 spurt within the fourth quarter was a part of an enormous 22–3 run. The Hokies punted the ball away 18 occasions, leading to 22 LSU factors.
It is a stunning return to the higher echelons of women’s basketball for LSU. Second-year coach Kim Mulkey received three titles at Baylor – and is 3-0 in championship video games. When she took over in Baton Rouge forward of the 2021 season, she stated she was coming to win a championship. However nobody thought it might occur so quickly.