Angel Reese Benched: What We Know About LSU Star's Mystery Absence

Angel Reese is a top women's college basketball player and a college basketball star.

He was also a healthy scratch for the defending NCAA champion LSU Tigers' game against Southeastern Louisiana last week. That followed a strange Kent State game.

Reese was benched less than a minute into the first quarter after missing a 3-pointer. Reese scored shortly after returning, but she did not play in the second half.

Where is Reese? When will she return? Does she remain a teammate? In response to the aforementioned, LSU head coach Kim Mulkey hasn't provided any insight. Yes, we don't know.

After the Kent State game, Mulkey was asked why she benched her top forward. "I could, but I won't," Mulkey told reporters. "It was just a coach's decision."

After Friday's absence, Mulkey was unclear and seemed affronted that reporters were still inquiring about Reese. "You want me to explain why?" Mulkey stated. Angel was clearly not in uniform. Angel plays basketball, so we hope to see her soon."

Mulkey stopped another reporter from asking if Reese's absence was her own. "I'm done answering," Mulkey remarked. "Finished. All you need to know. OK? Talk about this wonderful crowd."

Of course, Mulkey's comments haven't stopped Reese's status rumors. With two exceptions, Reese has been silent on social media. A previous Twitter user, she wrote "please don't believe everything you read" on Sunday.

In the NCAA tournament, Reese helped LSU advance, boosting her celebrity status. Reese's viral celebration of waving her hand in Clark's face and pointing to her ring finger after LSU defeated Iowa and Caitlin Clark in the NCAA Finals.