The Portal | Reese & Sabally

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As the FIBA Women’s Americup begins July 1st in Mexico, tournament favorite, the United States, features a star-studded roster that includes All-American and National Champion, Angel Reese, whose scoring and rebounding tendencies are similar to German national team member, WNBA All-Star, and Dallas Wings’ starting forward, Satou Sabally.

Angel Reese | LSU | United States

The 6’3 forward had a breakout season for LSU, was named AP All-America 1st team, and led the Tigers to a 26-1 regular season record, before winning the 2023 NCAA championship

Satou Sabally | Dallas Wings | Germany

After winning the Euroleague women’s championship with Fenerbahce, the 6´4, former All-American at Oregon, is in her 3rd WNBA season, and is a 2x all-star

*Considering all insights, please keep in mind that we’re comparing the NCAA with the highest level of women’s professional basketball, the WNBA. However, the numbers do tell a story.

Numbers Story

  • Per Game: 23.0 PTs, 15.4 REBs, 2.3 ASTs
  • Great Rebounder: 2nd in NCAA 
  • Force Inside: 1st in Off Reb/game, 6.4 
  • Lives at the Line: 1st in FTM and FTA (NCAA)
  • Per Game Stats: 18.6 PTs, 10.1 REBs, 3.5 ASTs
  • Great Rebounder: 4th in WNBA in REBs/game
  • Double-Doubles: 2nd in the WNBA with 10
  • A Bucket: 9th in the WNBA in Scoring

Team Impact

Reese was the cornerstone of LSU´s championship team, leading in minutes played, points, rebounds, blocks, FGA, and FTA per game

Satou is shouldering a lot of the responsibilities for Dallas, ranking 2nd in scoring and minutes played, while leading the team in rebounds and FTA

Per Game Parallels

24%Defensive Rebound %
Both players clean up on the defensive boards
29%Usage %
Focal points of their respective offenses
29%Percentage of Points scored via FTs
Each draws a lot of fouls and scores from the line

On-Court Contrasts

  • 3-Point Shooting: Sabally is more of a wing player while Reese finds success inside:
    -Angel made just 1 3PT all season, and Satou is making 1.6 per game while shooting 30.5%
  • Offensive Rebounding: Reese grabs an astonishing 6.4/game, while Sabally is at 2.7/game
  • Utility (Per Game): Reese is the better shot blocker (1.6 to 0.3); Sabally is more of a creator (3.5 Ast to 2.3)