The LSU Tigers and Virginia Tech Hokies meet Friday in the women’s college basketball NCAA Tournament Final Four at the American Airlines Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The LSU Tigers are averaging 81.8 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 56.7 points on 35.4 percent shooting. Angel Reese is averaging 23.2 points and 15.7 rebounds, while Alexis Morris is averaging 14.9 points and 2.9 rebounds. Flau'jae Johnson is the third double-digit scorer and LaDazhia Williams is grabbing 6 rebounds. The LSU Tigers are shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 69.6 percent from the free throw line. The LSU Tigers are allowing 26.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.6 rebounds per game.
The Virginia Tech Hokies are averaging 72.4 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 57.1 points on 38.1 percent shooting. Elizabeth Kitley is averaging 18.2 points and 10.7 rebounds, while Georgia Amoore is averaging 16.3 points and 5 assists. Taylor Soule is the third double-digit scorer, and Kayana Traylor is dishing 2.9 assists. The Virginia Tech Hokies are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 75.5 percent from the free throw line. The Virginia Tech Hokies are allowing 28 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.5 rebounds per game.
The Virginia Tech Hokies have the defense to grind out a victory, as their Elite Eight win over Ohio State was the second time since January 19 they allowed 70 or more points. The difference is the LSU Tigers have a size advantage and should be able to make a living on the glass and second chance points. Angel Reese will also be the best player on the floor, and she hasn't shot particularly well this tournament, which may be encouraging for LSU. The first-team All-American won't be held down for long. Give me LSU to make its first title game appearance.