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Jasmine Carson, Flau’jae Johnson, Kateri Poole and Angel Reese are brought back to life at LSU

After Jasmine Carson’s breakout from the substitutes’ bench at Sunday’s NCAA championship game, a night of celebration, a whirlwind trip back to Baton Rouge (including a police escort to Pete Maravich’s convention center), the glitz, lights and glamor didn’t matter how she went with the rest of the team to get her luggage from the team bus.

“I haven’t picked it all up yet,” said Carson, who came off the bench and scored 21 points in the first half as three LSU starters struggled. “I’m so happy for my team.”

Graduate student Jasmine Carson had the game of her life helping the LSU Tigers win the NCAA Championship on April 2, 2023 in Dallas.

BY JAN RISHER | Staff writer

Carson said she knew by halftime that LSU was going to win.

“I said it was over then. We had games like Tennessee where they came back,” she said, “but somehow I knew the ring was ours.”

Carson said the next thing on her agenda is to get some rest and talk to her agent. She makes big plans for her future.

“As an entrepreneur, I have to make decisions,” Carson said.

She’s keeping details under wraps, but she plans to go to Atlanta and work in the real estate world.

Fla’jae Johnson

Carrying a gold basketball under her arm after the welcome ceremony at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Flau’jae Johnson looked to her future.

BY JAN RISHER | Staff writer

In the meantime, Fla’jae Johnson was strolling alongside an empty bus with the team’s luggage and carrying a gold basketball under his arm as Angel Reese walked past with a double armload of flowers.

Johnson said she didn’t sleep last night.

“I feel good — like a champ,” said the newcomer rap star.

On your agenda?

“Sleep first. Then we party all week,” Johnson said.

Kateri Poole

LSU starting guard Kateri Poole was the only player to return to the PMAC floor following the conclusion of the welcome ceremony.

Kateri Poole puts her NCAA National Championship baseball cap on 8-year-old Koda Tucker of Denham Springs.

BY JAN RISHER | Staff writer

She was on the phone and appeared to be scanning the remaining crowd to connect with a friend.