Fowles, Augustus named to Olympic team

Former LSU women's basketball stars will suit up for Team USA in 2012.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Four years ago they became the first former LSU women's basketball players to win an Olympic gold medal. This summer they will attempt to do it again as both Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles were named to the 2012 United States Women's Basketball Olympic Team, USA Basketball announced on Friday.

Augustus and Fowles were two of 11 players chosen. Fowles and Augustus were selected by the USA Basketball Women's National Team Player Selection Committee, approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors and are pending final approval by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

"To represent your country and compete with the best of the best is what keeps me coming back," said Fowles. "Just to represent the USA across your chest, knowing that it's not about you, but it's about us. There's no feeling that can overcome that."

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).

Sylvia Fowles

Fowles is representing 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).

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 will 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.

Four-time defending Olympic gold medalists, the U.S. will look to capture its fifth straight and seventh overall gold medal and extend its 33-game Olympic winning streak at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. The Olympic basketball competition will be held July 28-Aug. 12 in the Olympic Park Basketball Arena (preliminary round and quarterfinals) and North Greenwich Arena (semifinals and finals).

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