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LSU forward Angel Reese (10) talks with coaches on the bench during the first half of an Elite Eight round college basketball game against Iowa during the NCAA Tournament, Monday, April 1, 2024, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

LSU women's basketball star Angel Reese may have played her last game for the Tigers following their loss to Iowa in the Elite Eight, and it's apparent that this season took a toll on her.

Reese became emotional after Monday's game as she talked about what she has been through since she became a household name in 2023 while leading LSU to its first national championship.

As she took questions from the media following the 94-87 loss to the Hawkeyes on Monday in Albany, New York, Reese wiped away the tears and detailed some of what she has endured over the last year.

"I don't really get to stand up for myself," Reese said. "I have great teammates. I have a great support system. I've got my hometown (Baltimore). I've got my family that stands up for me. I don't really get to speak out on things just because I just try to ignore. I just try stand strong ... I've been through so much, seen so much. I've been attacked so many times."

Reese became the most emotional as she detailed some of the worst moments.

"Death threats. I've been sexualized. I've been threatened. I've been so many things, and I've stood strong every single time," she said. "I just try to stand strong for my teammates because I don't want them to see me down and not be there for them. I just want them to always just know I'm still a human. All this has happened since I won the national championship."

Reese hasn't shied away from the spotlight over the last year, and many consider her a trailblazer when it comes to college sports' new NIL era.

"It sucks, but I still wouldn't change anything," Reese said of the challenges that have come with greater name recognition.

"I would still sit here and say I'm unapologetically me. I'm going to always leave that mark and be who I am, and stand on that. Hopefully the little girls that look up to me, hopefully I give them some inspiration, that hopefully it's not this hard ... keep being who you are, keep waking up every day, keep being motivated, staying who you are. And just be confident."

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LSU sophomore guard?Flau'jae Johnson?also showed emotion as she defended Reese in the postgame press conference.

"Everybody can have their opinion on Angel Reese, but y'all don't know her," Johnson said. "I know Angel Reese. I know the real Angel Reese. The person I see every day is a strong person, a caring, loving person. The crown she wears is heavy, bro. She's the type of teammate that's going to make you believe in yourself. The leap I took from my freshman to sophomore year, Angel gave me that confidence to go be a dog."

Reese has one more year of eligibility left on the college level, but she said Monday after the game that she has yet to make a decision on whether to declare for the WNBA draft.

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