Angel Reese and Olivia Dunne achieve elite feat to prove LSU's popularity.

On Tuesday, LSU women's basketball player Angel Reese and gymnast Olivia Dunne topped the Forbes "30 under 30" list for sports

Reese, the "Bayou Barbie," became famous after leading the Tigers to a national title last season. 

She has Coach and Reebok sponsorships. However, a complex saga has separated her from her team for two weeks.Forbes reports that Dunne has earned $2.3 million as an LSU gymnast and TikTok star.

She's the third-most valuable collegiate athlete by name, image, and likeness.Star generally scores in blowouts, says UConn coach Geno Auriemma.

LSU's football team is an SEC legend and has produced NFL stars including Joe Burrow, Justin Jefferson, and Ja'Marr Chase.

Women's basketball and gymnastics are also popular. Dunne's boyfriend got drafted first in the 2023 MLB Draft from LSU.

All that popularity adds national pressure. Mistakes amplify. Reese is dealing with that during her unexpected basketball absence. 

She and head coach Kim Mulkey haven't explained why she's not on the team, sparking reckless social media speculation.

However, Reese may benefit from the drama. Even though it's not March Madness, Baltimore's native is gaining recognition.

Her unjustified ban has topped national news portals, demonstrating women's basketball's rise and the public's love of soap operas. 

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