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National Champion Angel Reese returns to Baltimore, presented with 'Key to the City'

Angel Reese presented Key to the City by Baltimore mayor
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BALTIMORE - Baltimore native Angel Reese, who helped lead LSU's women's college basketball team to an NCAA National Championship, was presented the "Key to the City" on Tuesday by Mayor Brandon Scott.

Reese grew up in Randallstown but the mayor pointed out she represents all Baltimore-area basketball players.

She was presented with the Key to the City at the Baltimore City Hall Rotunda. 

Reese, who was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2023 Final Four, played her high school basketball at Baltimore's St. Frances Academy before being recruited by the University of Maryland. She later transferred to Louisiana State University, where she became a First-Team All-American after averaging 23 points and 15 rebounds per game last season.

At the ceremony, Reese had a message for the younger generation.

"A moment right now for the girls that look up to me, and be unapologetically me, not standing in a box, breaking the narrative of being able to be a Black woman in sports, standing your ground, hopefully it gives hope to boys and girls, and hopefully I can run it back next year," Reese said.

She was also recently voted 2023 Breakthrough Athlete of the Year at the ESPY Awards.

On Monday, a Randallstown basketball court was dedicated to Reese.

DTLR hosted a meet and greet with Reese at the Northwood shopping center from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday afternoon to celebrate a new partnership with the lifestyle retailer.

She also threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Baltimore Orioles game on Tuesday.

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