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Angel Reese to play 1st pro game in New York after setting WNBA record

Former LSU star and current Chicago Sky forward Angel Reese will play her first professional game in New York City against the New York Liberty fresh off of setting a WNBA record in her last game
Angel Reese, also known as the Bayou Barbie, at the 2024 WNBA Draft. (Photo by Derrel Jazz Johnson for rolling out)
Angel Reese, also known as the Bayou Barbie, at the 2024 WNBA Draft. (Photo credit: Derrel Jazz Johnson for rolling out.)

Fresh off of setting a WNBA record, Angel Reese is returning to Brooklyn, New York, where she was drafted by the Chicago Sky last month, for her first professional game in New York City.

Reese, who scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, 7 on the offensive end in Saturday’s 83-74 win over the Dallas Wings, set a new WNBA rookie benchmark by grabbing 12 offensive rebounds over her first two games. Only three players in WNBA history, Cheryl Ford, Erika de Souza, and Jonquel Jones, have had more offensive rebounds over a two-game stretch and none did it as a rookie.

Reese, who was in New York City for the Met Gala earlier this month, will square off against Jones, who plays center for the New York Liberty, tonight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. In what on paper is the toughest game of her short WNBA career, Reese will also see action against the WNBA’s reigning MVP, Breanna Stewart, who is averaging 19.8 points and 8.5 rebounds for the 4-0 Liberty. Jones stands at 6-foot-6, and Stewart is 6-foot-4, both taller than the 6-foot-3 Reese. The Liberty are 4-0 on the young season. 

The Baltimore, Maryland, native, who turned 22 earlier this year, sparked attention after sharing the following tweet over the weekend after graduation: “So now what? what was said? oh okay that’s what i thought. I graduated from THE LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY IN 4 YEARS ON TIME I thought somebody without a college degree said sum.”

Chicago takes on New York tonight at 7 p.m. on Prime Video nationally and locally on WWOR My9 in the New York City area.

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