Angel Reese is expected to return, but LSU still has unanswered questions. 

Flau'jae Johnson, Aneesah Morrow, and the LSU women's basketball team go through their pregame routine on the court at John Gray High School on Black Friday while dressed in purple warm-ups. 

It's minutes before their first game of the Cayman Islands Classic, and they're ready to get back to business after a day of feasting and frolicking with stingrays. 

A fire alarm goes off in the gym, but no one is alarmed. Please excuse the players. The defending NCAA champions have had a season full of ear-splitting noise. 

LSU, which was expected to repeat, was defeated in the first game by Colorado. Angel Reese was benched after four games. 

The following game, coach Kim Mulkey sniffled her way through a press conference, dismissing COVID testing. No, not even

However, when Mulkey announced Reese's return on Wednesday in Baton Rouge, one fire appeared to be extinguished. After missing four games, 

Reese will play for No. 7 LSU for the first time since Nov. 14 in a rematch of last year's national semifinal against No. 9 Virginia Tech (9 p.m. ET, ESPN).

But what comes next? Sure, Reese is back, but the Tigers are a much different team than the one she left. Junior guard Kateri Poole also did not participate in the Cayman Islands trip and has not returned to the team. 

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