Augustus, Fowles again Olympic hopefuls

Two former Lady Tigers All-Americans are among 21 finalists for the 2012 U.S. team.

LSU women's basketball legends and current WNBA stars Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles are among 21 finalists selected for the 2012 USA Women's Basketball Olympic Team, USA Basketball announced at a press conference Monday afternoon.

The player selections were made by the USA Basketball Women's National Team Player Selection Committee. The squad will be coached by Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma.

Augustus and Fowles became the first LSU women's basketball Olympians in 2008 when they helped the Americans claim gold at the 2008 Beijing Games. Augustus averaged 7.9 points per game, while Fowles was a force inside tallying 13.8 points and 8.4 rebounds as the U.S. steamrolled to an 8-0 record and the gold medal.

Connecticut had a total of seven former players selected to the team. Tennessee was second with three, while both LSU and Baylor produced two.

Sylvia Fowles

Augustus is coming off the greatest and most defining year of her WNBA career with the Minnesota Lynx. In her sixth WNBA season, the Baton Rouge native averaged 24.7 points in the WNBA Finals to be named MVP as the Lynx won the title over the Atlanta Dream. She scored a playoff high 36 points in Game 2.

This could be the sixth time that Augustus dons a USA jersey and the fourth time as a member of the U.S. Senior National Team. Augustus was the two-time NCAA National Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006 and she is LSU's only three-time State Farm All-American. She became the first woman in LSU Athletics history to have her jersey retired in a ceremony in 2010. A year later, she was inducted into the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame.

Fowles produced her finest WNBA season with the Chicago Sky last summer. She was named the WNBA Defensive Player of the Year and made the All-Star team for the third time in her career. The former LSU All-American ranked second in the league in scoring (20.0 ppg) and second in rebounding (10.2 ppg).

She could represent USA Basketball for the fifth time in her career. Fowles ended her LSU career as one of the most dominant centers in the history of NCAA women's basketball. She was a member of a Final Four team every year of her career and she shattered SEC records for double-doubles (86) and career rebounds (1,570).

2012 U.S. Olympic Women's Basketball Team Finalists Roster
(Name, position, WNBA Team, college team, hometown)

Jayne Appel, C, San Antonio Silver Stars, Stanford, Pleasant Hill, Calif.
Seimone Augustus, F, Minnesota Lynx, LSU, Baton Rouge, La.
Sue Bird, G, Seattle Storm, Connecticut, Syosset, N.Y.
Rebekkah Brunson, F, Minnesota Lynx, Georgetown, Oxen Hill, Md.
Swin Cash, F, Chicago Sky, Connecticut, McKeesport, Pa.
Tamika Catchings, F, Indiana Fever, Tennessee, Duncanville, Texas
Tina Charles, C, Connecticut Sun, Connecticut, Jamaica, N.Y.
Candice Dupree, F, Phoenix Mercury, Temple, Tampa, Fla.
Sylvia Fowles, C, Chicago Sky, LSU, Miami, Fla.
Brittney Griner, C, Baylor, Houston, Texas
Lindsey Harding, G, Atlanta Dream, Duke, Houston, Texas
Asjha Jones, F, Connecticut Sun, Connecticut, Piscataway, N.J.
Kara Lawson, G, Connecticut Sun, Tennessee, Alexandria, Va.
Angel McCoughtry, F, Atlanta Dream, Louisville, Baltimore, Md.
Renee Montgomery, G, Connecticut Sun, Connecticut, St. Albans, West Va.
Maya Moore, F, Minnesota Lynx, Connecticut, Lawrenceville, Ga.
Candace Parker, F/C/G, Los Angeles Sparks, Tennessee, Naperville, Ill.
Cappie Pondexter, G, New York Liberty, Rutgers, Chicago, Ill.
Diana Taurasi, G/F, Phoenix Mercury, Connecticut, Chino, Calif.
Lindsay Whalen, G, Minnesota Lynx, Minnesota, Hutchinson, Minn.
Sophia Young, F, San Antonio Silver Stars, Baylor, St. Vincent, West Indies

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