LSU All-America forward Angel Reese was not with the Tigers when they tipped off against Southeastern Louisiana on Friday night.
Reese was benched for the second half of LSU's 109-79 win against Kent State on Tuesday, so her absence is surprising. Mulkey called it a "coach’s decision" without more explanation.
Reese had started LSU’s first four games, during which the Tigers went 3-1, and averaged 17 points and 10.3 rebounds during those games.
Last season, Reese, known as the "Bayou Barbie" for her eyelash extensions and pink finger nails, guided LSU to its first women's basketball national title.
Last season, Reese became the fourth SEC player to lead in scoring (23 points per game) and rebounding (15.4 per game).
Her 34 double-doubles that season set an NCAA record and her 23 consecutive double-doubles to begin last season broke Sylvia Fowles’ previous LSU record of 19.