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LSU vs Middle Tennessee LIVE W.Basketball March Madness 24 March 2024

LSU vs Middle Tennessee LIVE W.Basketball March Madness 24 March 2024

The stage is set for a thrilling encounter in the second round of the women’s NCAA Tournament as the defending national champion and third-seeded Tigers (29-5) prepare to face off against the No. 11 seed Middle Tennessee (30-4) on their home court. The Blue Raiders, riding high on a 20-game winning streak, have shown their mettle by overcoming an 18-point, first-half deficit to beat Louisville in the first round.

2024 DI Women’s Basketball Championship (March Madness)
Matchups: Middle Tennessee vs LSU
Date: Sunday, March 24, 2024
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Locations: Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, LA
Live stream: Watch here

The matchup presents an intriguing battle in the front court. Middle Tennessee boasts of players like Anastasiia Boldyreva and Iullia Grabovskaia, listed at 6-6 and 6-5 respectively, who have combined to block 108 shots this season. On the other side, LSU’s top scorers this season have been the 6-3 Angel Reese (19 points per game) and fellow post player Aneesah Morrow (16.5), who is 6-1.

Angel Reese, however, remains unfazed by the challenge. “They have to go against Angel Reese, Aneesah Morrow, and Aalyah Del Rosario,” she retorted, emphasizing that the focus will be on team effort rather than individual matchups. “If they focus on two players, they’re in trouble,” she added.

Boldyreva, on the other hand, acknowledges the test that Reese will present. “She’s a highly athletic player, obviously. She’s physical, really fast. We just know she’s all around the rim, and we’ve got to try to match it,” she said. She also noted the emotional intensity that Reese brings to the game and stressed the need for her team to stay focused and not get drawn into psychological gamesmanship.

LSU, however, will need to address the issue of turnovers that plagued their first-round game against Rice, where they committed a season-high 24 times. Coach Kim Mulkey and her players described the performance as uncharacteristic and something they believe is fixable. Middle Tennessee guard Jalynn Gregory, who watched LSU’s game, seemed to agree. “I know they can play better than that. I’ve seen them, and I’ve watched them. So I know what they’re capable of. We’re going to expect their best. So they’re also going to get our best,” she said.

This game also carries a historical significance as it marks the second time LSU and Middle Tennessee have met in the second round of a women’s NCAA Tournament. The first encounter was back in 1986 when LSU emerged victorious with a score of 78-65. In their five meetings so far, the Tigers have won three.

As the teams gear up for the showdown, it promises to be a clash of titans, with each team determined to bring their best to the court. The game is not just about individual matchups but a test of team strategy, focus, and resilience. As the saying goes, “May the best team win!”

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