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Angel Reese says she hasn’t had peace since winning National Championship, “I’ve been through so much,” Angel Reese in tears.



Angel Reese says she hasn't had peace since winning National Championship, “I’ve been through so much,” Angel Reese in tears.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Angel Reese has about 48 hours to make a major life decision while processing a stinging loss in her anticipated showdown against Caitlin Clark in the NCAA Tournament, a setback that left the LSU forward in tears while reflecting on the past year since winning the women’s basketball championship.



The 6-foot-3 Reese was emotional after LSU’s 94-87 loss to Iowa in the Elite Eight on Monday night. She has not given any indication whether she may forgo her final season of college eligibility or enter the WNBA Draft, which is on April 15.

I’ve been through so much,” the 21-year-old said Monday night as tears ran down her face. “I’ve seen so much. I’ve been attacked so many times, death threats, I’ve been sexualized, I’ve been threatened, I’ve been so many things, and I’ve stood strong every single time.

“I just try to stand strong for my teammates because I don’t want them to see me down and not be there for them. I’m still a human. All this has happened since I won the national championship. I haven’t had peace since then.”

Reese burst onto the scene during LSU’s championship run last year as an extremely talented basketball player who was also an unapologetic trash-talker. Since winning the title, Reese said there has been increased scrutiny of her — on and off the court.

Her teammates defended her leadership and what she’s been through, including time earlier this season when she stepped away from the Tigers right before Thanksgiving to take a self-described mental health break.

“Everybody can have their opinion on Angel Reese, but y’all don’t know her,” Flau’jae Johnson said. “I know the real Angel Reese, and the person I see every day is a strong person, is a caring, loving person. But the crown she wears is heavy. She’s the type of teammate that’s going to make you believe in yourself.”

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