LSU stunned by Colorado 92-78
Since LSU has won their first championship last season and got a star in Hailey Van Lith in the transfer portal, the Tigers were the favorite to go deep in the NCAA tournament. They would start their opener against the Colorado Buffaloes, who were trying to figure out their identify after losing some players from last year.
You would think that the Tigers would come out the gate and stomp out Colorado, but that was not the case. Jaylyn Sherrod was giving the Tigers the business in the first half. She had 12 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. LSU had trouble containing her, which allowed more open space and shot selection for other players to contribute. Angel Reese and Hailey Van Lith combined for 18 points in the half, but outside of them, LSU had trouble getting shots to fall. They were shooting around 36% from the field and 33% from behind the arc.
Coming out the half, down by eight, LSU wanted to get back to playing Tiger basketball. They wanted to decrease their turnovers and get the ball to their stars and play off of them. Each time it seemed like LSU would put a run together, Colorado would hit a couple of threes to extend their lead. LSU would go on to lose. This was not just a shocking start to the season, but an eye opener. Reese finished with 17.