Augustus named Naismith Player of the Year

ATLANTA - Seimone Augustus, a junior on LSU's Lady Tigers basketball team, was named the 2005 Naismith Trophy Women's College Basketball Player of the Year presented by Cingular Wireless, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced on Tuesday.

Augustus, a 6-1 guard, has now won the United States Basketball Writers Association Player of the Year, the State Farm Wade Trophy and the Associated Press Player of the Year awards this season.

The Baton Rouge native averaged 20.1 points and 4.5 rebounds for the Lady Tigers, leading them to the program's second straight trip to the NCAA Final Four and the 33-3 overall record. Augustus, the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, also helped LSU record a perfect 14-0 record in the SEC for the school's first regular season conference title.

"This is a great honor for me and LSU," Augustus said. "I know there are a lot of great players in the country and I am very appreciative to receive this award. This honor does not go just to me, but it goes to my teammates and my coaches. I could not have done this without any of them."

The Naismith Trophy is given annually to the men's and women's college players of the year and is one of the most prestigious national awards in college basketball.

Augustus will be recognized at the Naismith Awards Banquet presented by Delta Air Lines on April 8 in Atlanta. The other finalists were Duke's Monique Currie, Ohio State's Jessica Davenport and TCU's Sandora Irvin.

"Seimone was a dominant presence on the basketball court this season," said Gary Stokan, Atlanta Tipoff Club president. "She has had an outstanding season and will undoubtedly encounter equally as much success in her senior year and future career. She joins a distinguished group of players to raise the Naismith Trophy."

Augustus was selected by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors, a collection of leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country and, for the first time, the fans. This year, through the power and ease of text messaging, fans accounted for 25% of the Board of Selectors overall vote. The results were certified by the accounting firm of Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP.

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