This morning, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled an officially licensed, limited-edition LSU Tigers 2023 Women’s Basketball National Champions Bobblehead. The bobblehead, which features LSU’s mascot, Mike the Tiger, commemorates the LSU Tigers first basketball National Championship. The release comes as the preseason #1 ranked Tigers prepare for the 2023-24 season with the team’s first game on Monday against 20th-ranked Colorado at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Monday and the first home game of the season against Queens on Thursday. The special edition bobblehead is being produced by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, an official licensee of the LSU Tigers.
Wearing a purple No. 1 LSU jersey, the bobblehead features Mike the Tiger giving the No. 1 signal with his right hand and holding a basketball with his left hand. Mike is standing on a five-point purple and gold base which reads: “NCAA Women’s Basketball 2023 National Champions LSU.”
Each bobblehead is individually numbered to 2,023 and they are only available through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s Online Store.
Under second-year coach Kim Mulkey, a Louisiana native, LSU posted a convincing 102-85 victory over Iowa in the championship game before a crowd of 19,842 in the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Mulkey, who previously won three championships at Baylor, became the first women’s basketball coach to win NCAA titles at multiple schools. In addition to claiming the school’s first NCAA Basketball Championship, it was the 50th team national title in the 130-year history of LSU Athletics. Jasmine Carson (22), Alexis Morris (21), Ladazhia Williams (20), Angel Reese (15) and Flau’jae Johnson (10) all scored in double figures in the championship game victory as the Tigers scored the most points in a Women’s Final Four game.
Third-seeded LSU (34-2) beat Virginia Tech, 79-72, in the national semifinals for the program’s first Final Four victory in six attempts. Morris and Reese, the dynamic All-American, combined for 51 points. With a roster featuring nine transfers and freshmen, Mulkey’s theme at the start of her second season in Baton Rouge was “Piece It 2gether.” During the regular season, LSU finished as the runner-up in the SEC to South Carolina, which suffered its only loss of the season to Iowa and star Caitlin Clark in the national semifinals. By winning the championship, the Tigers became just the third No. 3 seeded team to win the title and the first since 1997.
“Led by an incredible all-around team effort, the LSU Tigers were clearly the class of the 2023 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament,” National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said. “In winning the school’s first national title in women’s basketball, the Tigers capped a memorable season with a record-setting performance in the championship game. These bobbleheads are must-haves for LSU Tiger fans.”
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The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, which is located at 170 S. 1st St. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, opened to the public on February 1st, 2019. The HOF and Museum also produces high quality, customized bobbleheads for retail sale as well as organizations, individuals, and teams across the country. Visit us online and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.