Scott Rabalais: This is how LSU slid into the Elite Eight — clutch play, pink feathers

Scott Rabalais: This is how LSU slid into the Elite Eight — clutch play, pink feathers
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But back to this game — and boy, was there a lot to unpack. Reese, haunted by foul trouble all night, still managed to post double-double No. 31: 17 points, 12 rebounds. But it left a void that had to be filled by Williams.

Compared to Mulkey’s mad clothes, Reese’s “Bayou Barbie” persona and Flau’Jae Johnson’s rap lyrics, Williams is LSU’s quiet woman. Teams need star players, but they need great role players, too. Friday, though, as Reese went to the bench after a silly blocking foul with 8:11 left in the second quarter, Williams’ play spoke the loudest.

“The best thing about our team is you don’t know who’s going to step up,” Morris said, “who’s going to be the star.”

Williams, the graduate transfer from Missouri, was the star, pouring in an LSU career-high 23 points, making Utah — obviously primed to stop Reese — shaking a collective head in disbelief.

“I thought we let her get into a little bit of a rhythm there in the third,” Utah coach Lynne Roberts said of Williams. “We weren’t going to go one-on-one with Angel down on the block, so we were kind of digging in and shrinking it a little bit, and I thought she got into a little bit of a rhythm there.

“But as I said before, they’re not a one-trick pony. They’re a good team. Angel gets a lot of the attention, rightfully so, but they’ve got a lot of other good players.”

What this good player did was probably nothing short of keeping her team’s season alive.

“I would say that it was my best game I’ve had,” Williams said. “Being a senior, I’m not ready to go home. (With) Angel getting in early foul trouble, I felt like I needed to step up as a senior and just be a leader on the court and just do what I can for my team.”

Morris struggled through another tough shooting game until the shots counted the most. She made her only 3-pointer with 3:40 left to give LSU a 60-52 lead, its biggest. The Utes mounted a furious rally to take a 63-61 lead with 1:09 left, but the Tigers got the final five points on a free throw by Reese and four by Morris in those decisive final 10 seconds.


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