Kim Mulkey: Turning Crosses into Crowns - Issuu

LSU women’s basketball head coach Kim Mulkey was caught sharing a heartfelt moment with the LSU gymnastics team as they reveled in their well-deserved victory as the 2024 national champions.

Mulkey understands the significance of clinching a program’s inaugural title, having tasted that triumph herself last season. During the jubilant celebration for LSU’s women’s gymnastics championship, Mulkey warmly embraced and congratulated the team.

LSU’s athletic programs have showcased exceptional dominance across multiple sports. In the past year alone, LSU’s baseball, women’s basketball, and now gymnastics teams have all secured national titles, further solidifying the university’s athletic prowess.

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Head coach Jay Clark expressed his admiration for the team, praising their dedication and resilience throughout the season. Appearing on the ABC broadcast after the win, Clark remarked:

“I love these kids so much and they did everything we asked them to, all year long. They never complained, they were unselfish when they needed to be but it was hard, from time to time….It feels fantastic and I’m just so happy for them. I’m speechless.”

LSU clinched the title with a final match score of 198.225. California secured second place with 197.85, while Utah and Florida finished third and fourth, respectively, with scores of 197.80 and 197.4375.

In a fiercely contested competition, LSU found themselves neck and neck until the closing moments, requiring a standout performance on the beam in the final rotation to clinch the title. Aleah Finnegan proved to be the hero of the hour, delivering an exceptional display to secure the championship for the Tigers.

Meanwhile, LSU head coach Kim Mulkey has bolstered her team’s roster with seasoned transfers, adding depth and experience to the squad.

Kim Mulkey and the LSU women’s basketball program executed a strategic maneuver through the transfer portal, culminating in the announcement of their latest signings. On Wednesday evening, LSU unveiled the addition of three standout transfers: Kailyn Gilbert from Arizona, Shayeann Day-Wilson from Miami, and Mjracle Shepphard from Mississippi State. Coach Mulkey expressed her excitement, affirming:

“We could not be more excited to add Shayeann, Kailyn, and Mjracle to the LSU family.”

The LSU basketball team secured seasoned talent with these acquisitions, enhancing their perimeter strength and depth. Coach Mulkey emphasized their crucial role in maintaining LSU’s competitiveness among the nation’s top programs.

“The three of them will add a combination of experience and depth on the perimeter for us and will bolster our roster to continue to compete at an elite level,” These acquisitions come after a period of silence from the Tigers during the transfer portal window, indicating a strategic approach to building their team. The team’s prior acquisitions include transfer forward Jersey Wolfenbarger and Jada Richard, Louisiana’s high school player of the year.