LSU women’s basketball star Angel Reese reacts to addition of Louisville transfer Hailey Van Lith

LSU landed arguably the most coveted player in the women’s basketball transfer portal on Thursday by securing the commitment of Louisville star Hailey Van Lith.

A guard from Wenatchee, Washington, Van Lith was a first-team All-ACC selection in 2022-23. She averaged 19.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists while leading the Cardinals to an Elite Eight appearance.

Now, she’s set to join defending champion LSU as a plug-and-play replacement for WNBA selection Alexis Morris. Though the Tigers lost some players following the season, they’ve retooled with elite high school recruiting (and now, portal) signees.

Angel Reese, who became a household name while leading the Tigers to a title, reacted on Twitter to Van Lith’s commitment on Thursday.

With the Tigers returning key pieces like Reese and Flau'Jae Johnson, a pickup like this should make LSU the clear favorite to repeat as champions under coach Kim Mulkey, who just won her fourth overall title, in her third season.

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