Lady Tigers invited to Team USA tryouts

Seimone Augustus, Doneeka Hodges, Temeka Johnson and Crystal White, all members of the LSU Lady Tigers basketball team, have been invited to the 2003 United States Basketball Team Trials.

The four are part of 60 top collegiate student-athletes invited to the trials to be held May 22-25 held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. The trials will pre used to select a pair of 12-member 2003 USA Basketball Teams, including the USA World Championship for Young Women and the USA Pan American Games squads.

Augustus, a 6-1 guard/forward from Baton Rouge, will be sophomore next season for the Lady Tigers. She was the consensus National Freshman of the Year and an All-American in 2002-03 after averaging 14.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

Hodges, a 5-9 guard from New Orleans who will be senior next season, averaged 9.5 points and 2.4 rebounds in 34 games this past season. Her twin sister and former LSU teammate Roneeka Hodges will join her at the trials.

Johnson, a 5-3 point guard from New Orleans, led the way with 5.9 assists per game and scored 10.0 points per outing. The soon to be senior was the 2003 Southeastern Conference Tournament MVP.

White, a 6-5 post player from Mount Clemens, Mich., became eligible to play for the Lady Tigers in December after transferring and led the way with 44 blocked shots, while averaging 3.2 points and 2.2 rebounds in 24 games.

The foursome helped LSU to an outstanding season. The 2002-03 Lady Tigers posted a 30-4 record, the second best in school history, won the Southeastern Conference Tournament title for the second time and made a trip to the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight.

The two teams to be selected at the trials are base on age groups. The USA Young Women's National Team is the 21-years-old and younger team and will compete in the inaugural FIBA World Championship and will be coached by Ohio State's head coach Jim Foster. The USA Pan American Games Team will be comprised of players older than 21 years of age and will be coached by Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan.

LSU's four players invited to the trials are the second most invited from one schools.

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