Chatman, Augustus headline all-SEC team

Seimone Augustus and head coach Pokey Chatman highlighted the LSU Lady Tigers basketball team's postseason Southeastern Conference honors, announced on Tuesday and selected by the league's 12 head coaches.

Augustus, a junior from Baton Rouge, was named the SEC Player of the Year and Chatman, in her first season at the helm of the Lady Tigers, was named the Coach of the Year. 

"I like the way the honors come about for Seimone," Chatman said. "When she can receive such an honor on this team in this conference against our schedule with some many other talented players around her just speaks volumes of her. Sometimes it is never looked at in that context." 

Senior guard Temeka Johnson joined Augustus as first-team All-SEC, while freshman Sylvia Fowles was named the conferences' Sixth Woman of the Year, second-team All-SEC and SEC All-Freshman. Quianna Chaney joined Fowles on the All-Freshman team.

Chatman guided the Lady Tigers to a 27-1 overall record in her first season and led LSU to a perfect 14-0 conference record and the program's first regular season SEC title. She is the first first-year head coach to receive the award in the SEC. 

"Obviously we have done good job of recruiting and that helps and these kids have done a good job of excepting our leadership," Chatman said about receiving the Coach of the Year honor. "I understand that I am the leadership of this program, but I give the kids a lot of credit and I give the staff a lot of credit."

Augustus, who made the first-team for the second straight season, joined Georgia's Tasha Humphrey, Mississippi State's Tan White and Vanderbilt's Ashley Early as unanimous selection on the first-team. Augustus is also the first LSU player of receive the league's Player of the Year honor and averaged 20.0 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, while leading the team with a 55.6 field goal percentage and a 87.6 free throw percentage.  

Fowles' three honors tied Georgia's Humphrey for the most by one player. Fowles, a 6-5 center from Miami, was voted the Sixth Woman for averaging 12.3 points and 9.2 rebounds per game off the bench for the Lady Tigers. Those numbers also earned her a unanimous SEC All-Freshman honor.

Johnson, who earned first-team All-SEC for the second straight season, averaged 9.9 points and a conference-best 7.3 assists per game.  

Chaney, a Baton Rouge native, averaged 5.5 points and connected of 35 of 98 three-pointers during the season.

LSU, the nation's No. 1 team and the No. 1 seed in the SEC Tournament, will play Friday in the second round at Noon CST against either No. 8 seed Florida or No. 9 seed Alabama.

 

First Team All-SEC

Natasha Brackett, Auburn

*Tasha Humphrey, Georgia

*Seimone Augustus, LSU

Temeka Johnson, LSU

Armintie Price, Ole Miss

*Tan White, Mississippi State

Shyra Ely, Tennessee

*Ashley Earley, Vanderbilt

 

Second Team All-SEC

Monique Bivins, Alabama

Bernice Mosby, Florida

Sara Potts, Kentucky

Sylvia Fowles, LSU

Amber Watts, Ole Miss

Shanna Zolman, Tennessee

Carla Thomas, Vanderbilt

Dee Davis, Vanderbilt

 

All-Freshman Team

Alexis Ogubie, Auburn

Megan Darrah, Georgia

*Tasha Humphrey, Georgia

Sarah Elliott, Kentucky

Samantha Mahoney, Kentucky

Quianna Chaney, LSU

*Sylvia Fowles, LSU

*Alexis Hornbuckle, Tennessee

*Nikki Anosike, Tennessee 

 

Coach of the Year: Pokey Chatman, LSU

Player of the Year: Seimone Augustus, LSU 

Freshman of the Year: Tasha Humphrey, Georgia

Defensive Player of the Year: Armintie Price, Ole Miss 

6th Woman of the Year: Sylvia Fowles, LSU

Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Sarah Pfeifer, Arkansas


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