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LSU forward Angel Reese (10) reacts during the first quarter 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)

ALBANY, N.Y.?— The LSU women's season-ending loss to Iowa will now force both Angel Reese and Hailey Van Lith to decide their futures?— and do so quickly.?

The WNBA Draft is April 15. The league requires all players who played in the NCAA tournament Elite Eight and wish to enter the draft to renounce their extra season of collegiate eligibility 48 hours after their season ends.?

For both Reese and Van Lith, that deadline is Wednesday.?

"I'll make a decision when I'm ready," Reese said.

Iowa beat LSU Monday 94-87, ending the reigning champion Tigers' season shy of the Final Four. Caitlin Clark, who has already declared for the WNBA Draft, scored 41 points and hit nine 3-pointers, tying an NCAA tournament single-game record.?

Reese scored 17 points and grabbed 20 rebounds but fouled out with 1:45 left in the game. Van Lith scored nine points after shooting just 2 of 10 from the field.?

"Well, I hope it's not (Van Lith's) last game," coach Kim Mulkey said. "But if it is, I'm proud to have been her coach for a year. She's got another year if she wants to come back. So does Angel. I know they have to make decisions."

Reese choked back tears during a news conference Monday as she discussed her whirlwind year, which started with a national championship win and ended with a loss in the Elite Eight?— each in games against Clark and Iowa.?

"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. 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."

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