Kim Mulkey makes expectations clear as LSU women’s basketball prepares to begin NCAA tournament run
The LSU women’s basketball team begins its postseason push in coach Kim Mulkey’s second season.
After last season ended with a second-round upset as a No. 3 seed against Ohio State, the Tigers — who earned a No. 3 seed once again after a 28-2 regular season — will open the NCAA tournament on Friday with a first-round matchup against Hawaii on their home floor in Baton Rouge.
Mulkey is no stranger to the tournament. As the head coach at Baylor, she won three national titles. The hope is that LSU will get there eventually, too, after a quick turnaround in the last two seasons.
However, Mulkey was adamant that she isn’t comparing this team to her Baylor squads, according to On3’s Matthew Brune.
“I can’t even compare my Baylor teams to what we’re doing here,” Mulkey said. “We are on a fast track and I think sometimes the fast track blinds the media and the fans on really what we should be achieving, but it doesn’t blind me. I know what our strengths are. I know how hard it is to build a program and we are way ahead of schedule.”
LSU’s 24-point loss to South Carolina in what was then a matchup between undefeated teams proved to be a good measuring stick for how far this team has to come to compete for national championships against the country’s elite teams.
We’ll soon see how much progress Mulkey’s team has made since then.
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