Kim Mulkey praises defensive effort from LSU freshman Aalyah Del Rosario

Entering the 2023-24 season, LSU had a number of star-studded additions to the roster.

Most of the talk centered around transfers Aneesah Morrow and Hailey Van Lith, as well as No. 1 recruit Mikaylah Williams. However, one of the more unheralded additions has been another true freshman: Aalyah Del Rosario.

Mostly relegated to a bench role this season, Del Rosario has been an impactful substitution in her first season. In Monday’s win over Texas A&M, she played 12 minutes, totaling four points and two rebounds.

While that may not blow you away, she was especially impactful on the defensive end, recording three blocks and a steal.

Coach Kim Mulkey praised her effort after the game.

“Aalyah, her stats are similar to S’Myah Smith and Nalyssa Smith’s freshman year stats,” Mulkey said. “That’s something a freshman coming off the bench needs to here, because it’s new for a lot of freshmen. You come in and you’re an All-American and you don’t realize how well they’re doing. There was a stretch there where she was blocking shots left and right. We’ll dwell on the three missed free throws, but she was a factor when Angel was subbed for.”

LSU will hope Del Rosario continues to develop and can be relied on for key minutes down the stretch as this team pushes toward the postseason.

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