January 16, 2023 

Locked on Women’s Basketball: Big things happening at LSU and in the SEC

Missy and Gabriella talk all things SEC and the unveiling of Seimone Augustus statue

It’s time for another episode of the Locked on Women’s Basketball podcast. This episode features host Missy Heidrick. It was quite the weekend at LSU, who unveiled the statue of Louisiana legend Seimone Augustus and stayed undefeated. And The Next‘s SEC beat writer Gabriella Lewis joins to discuss LSU’s rise, how they compare to the other unbeaten team in the conference South Carolina and look around the rest of the SEC.

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Gabriella talks about how she sees the South Carolina team right now in mid-January and how they compare to everyone else in the SEC:

“I definitely think sometimes these fantastic teams get a little overlooked. I think of it as like the Breanna Stewart or the Diana Taurasi treatment with a single MVP, right? Like they’re just expected to be amazing. But yeah, they look really good, right? They continue to be undefeated. I was at their game at Stanford in November. And I think the thing about this team has always been that they fight until the bitter end.

And I think they bring a tenacity there that is really special. They’re obviously extremely well-coached by Dawn Staley. And in the past couple of games, they’ve found themselves 10 points down or more in the first half and have really brought it back to the end for some pretty impressive wins.”

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Gabriella talks about LSU and their rise to the top and the Tigers presenting Seimone Augustus with a statue:

“So I think the key to their success is Angel Reese. I mean, she has just shown herself as a real generational talent. I think she’s averaging 23.9 and 15.4 per game. She’s about to tie Sylvia Fowles‘s consecutive double-double record. That being said, the team lost a lot of seniors. I wouldn’t call them shallow, but they’re not as deep as a South Carolina. Folks like Alexis Morris have been playing really great as well. And she’s got such an interesting story with that team.

But they’re well coached and they’ve got some really, really talented players. Also, they just had a big celebration for Seimone Augustus. This is Seimone Augustus week. So when Augustus, LSU — WNBA great, just received a statue. So I also think they’ve got a lot of love in that team right now. And I think that they’ve gelled extremely well.”

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