No. 1 South Carolina and No. 5 LSU face off for the SEC Tournamement championship on Sunday. Angel Resee playing through injury in SEC final

Top-ranked South Carolina and No. 5 LSU face off in the SEC Tournament championship game on Sunday at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina. It’s a matchup of two of the best coaches in the game — Dawn Staley and Kim Mulkey.

The Gamecocks won the lone regular season matchup between the two teams 76-70 on Jan. 25 in Baton Rouge. South Carolina’s Aneesah Morrow had a game-high 16 points.

The Tigers are hoping for revenge and to get a step further toward defending their first national championship title.

The Gamecocks are seeking to stay undefeated on their own March Madness journey.

LSU star Angel Reese showed up to the game in a walking boot, but was playing.

South Carolina's Kamilla Cardoso and LSU's Angel Reese played a physical game against each other in the SEC women's tournament final Sunday, March 10, 2024, in Greenville, S.C.

End Q3: South Carolina 59, LSU 53

South Carolina is holding onto its lead going into the fourth quarter, up 59-53 over LSU.

The Gamecocks went up by as many as 13 points before the Tigers’ Angel Reese made a physical layup. Then, Aalyah Del Rosario made a long jumper, and all her LSU teammates were pumping their fists in reference to Kim Mulkey’s comments that the center needed to play like a Mack Truck.

But MiLaysia Fulwiley made back-to-back three-point shots to take back momentum for South Carolina.

At the end of the period, LSU’s Aneesah Morrow brought the game within four, and the Tigers had a chance to score again, but after multiple offensive rebounds and a steal from Flau’jae Johnson, they couldn’t get a bucket.

South Carolina’s Fulwiley leads all scorers with 20 points while Morrow has 19 for LSU.

End Q2: South Carolina 36, LSU 32 with Angel Reese on bench after intentional foul

The Gamecocks march into halftime up 36-32 despite a bit of a scoring drought in the second quarter.

Midway through the period, Angel Reese threw an elbow against Kamilla Cardoso, which was upgraded to an intentional foul. It was Reese’s second foul of the game and she went to the bench after the play. She was shown shaking her head before South Carolina’s Te-Hina Paopao made both free throws.

Reese has four points and seven rebounds. Aneesah Morrow continues to lead the Tigers with 11 points.

Flau’jae Johnson scored her first points for LSU in the second quarter, including a long jumper that she was fouled on and made a three-point play with her free throw.

Dawn Staley’s squad went more than four minutes between field goals, but MiLaysia Fulwiley made a layup with two minutes left in the half and closed out the quarter with a three-point bucket. She leads South Carolina with 10 points. Paopao has seven.

LSU is outrebounding South Carolina 22 to 12 in the first half.

End Q1: South Carolina 18, LSU 15

South Carolina has taken an early lead in the SEC championship, ending the first quarter up 18-15.

The undefeated Gamecocks ended the period on an 11-2 run after the Tigers went up 13-7.

Angel Reese has four points for LSU. She showed up to the game in a walking boot. Aneesah Morrow is leading the Tigers with six points.

For South Carolina, MiLaysia Fulwiley is the leading scorer with five points off the bench.

Angel Reese arrives at SEC championship in walking boot

Angel Reese, LSU’s leading scorer averaging 19.1 points per game, arrived at the SEC Tournament championship game wearing a walking boot on her right foot.

Despite the boot, Reese was on the floor for pre-game warmups and in the starting lineup to play No. 1 South Carolina on Sunday afternoon.

Saturday Reese had 21 points and 17 rebounds to power LSU, ranked No. 5 in the nation, to a 75-67 win over Mississippi to reach the SEC Tournament title game. Reese twisted her ankle against Auburn in the quarterfinals and played on a sore ankle again Saturday. “My ankle is as big as a tennis ball right now,” she said.

LSU suffered another major injury blow Saturday when guard Last-Tear Poa came off the court on a stretcher after hitting her heard on the floor. The team said Saturday night Poa had a concussion.

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