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LSU women's basketball score vs. Hawaii: March Madness live updates

Cory Diaz
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

BATON ROUGE – A quality measuring stick of exactly how far ahead Kim Mulkey is in her rebuild of LSU women's basketball gets its true starting point Friday afternoon.

The three-time national championship-winning coach has guided the Tigers to back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths to start off her stint in Baton Rouge. No. 3 seed LSU (28-2) hosts No. 14 seed Hawaii (18-14) inside the Pete Maravich Assembly Center Friday (4:30 p.m., ESPN2) in the first round.

Last season, also as a No. 3 seed, the Tigers struggled mightily against Jackson State in the opening game of March Madness before the madness caught up to them in round two with lower-seeded Ohio State knocking them out on their own floor.

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Mulkey hopes for a different outcome. She has sophomore All-American forward Angel Reese as well as a healthy senior point guard Alexis Morris in her arsenal.

The Rainbow Wahine enter the NCAA Tournament off making a run to the Big West Conference Tournament championship to seal their spot in March Madness.

Cory Diaz covers the LSU Tigers and Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns for The Daily Advertiser as part of the USA TODAY Network. Follow his Tigers and Cajuns coverage on Twitter: @ByCoryDiaz. Got questions regarding LSU/UL athletics? Send them to Cory Diaz at bdiaz@gannett.com.

LSU women's score vs. Hawaii