Augustus tabbed Kodak All-American

A little over 24 hours before leading the LSU Lady Tigers basketball team into the Final Four National Semifinal game against Tennessee, sophomore guard Seimone Augustus was named Kodak/Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-American by the organization on Saturday.

Augustus is LSU's fifth player to earn the prestigious honor and the first since Marie Ferdinand was named to the 10-member team in 2001. The Baton Rouge native leads LSU with 19.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game entering the Lady Tigers' first time to the Final Four. She is also averaging a NCAA Tournament best 26.3 points in LSU's four games, including scoring a career-high 29 points in both the West Regional Semifinal and Final, earning Most Outstanding Player in the region.

"This is a great honor for me," Augustus said. "But, this also goes to my teammates. I could not do anything on the court without them. I owe this honor to my team."

The WBCA and Kodak named the team in a press conference on Saturday morning prior to the open practice day at the Final Four. Augustus was joined on the team by fellow Final Four participants Diana Taurasi from UConn, Shyra Ely of Tennessee and Minnesota's Janel McCarville and Lindsay Whalen. The other five included Duke's Alana Beard, Houston's Chandi Jones, Penn State's Kelly Mazzante, Kansas State's Nicole Ohlde and Stanford's Nicole Powell.

Augustus was the lone sophomore on the team that consisted of four (Beard, Mazzante, Powell and Taurasi) three-time honorees.

"The committee did an excellent job in selecting this 30th anniversary team," WBCA Chief Executive Officer Beth Bass said. "These players had an excellent season and are deserving of this most prestigious honor and recognition."

LSU's other Kodak All-American selections include Ferdinand in 2001, Pokey Chatman in 1991, Joyce Walker in 1984 and 1985, and Julie Gross in 1978. Augustus, who sits 14th in career scoring at LSU, is the first sophomore in Lady Tigers' history to earn the honor.

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