Augustus nominated for two ESPY awards

NEW YORK -- LSU's Seimone Augustus, the 2004-05 National Player of the Year in women's basketball, was nominated for two ESPY Awards; Best Female Athlete and Best Female College Athlete, it was announced by ESPN on Friday morning.

Both categories are decided by fan voting and can be voted on by going to the ESPY's website at

Augustus, a 6-1 guard from Baton Rouge, led LSU to a 33-3 record this past season that included the school's first Southeastern Conference regular season title and a second straight trip to the NCAA Final Four. Augustus, who will be a senior in 2005-06, was the consensus National Player of the Year, earning the Wade Trophy, the Naismith Trophy, the John R. Wooden Award and both the Associated Press' and United States Basketball Writers Association's Player of the Year honors. She averaged 20.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

Both categories include an impressive list of athletes. Augustus joins United States swimmer Natalie Coughlin, tennis star Maria Sharapova and golfer Annika Sorenstam as the nominees for the Best Female Athlete. Harvard hockey player Nicole Corriero, UCLA gymnast Kristen Maloney, Texas softball player Cat Osterman and Notre Dame soccer player Katie Thorlakson join Augustus as nominees for the Best Female College Athlete.

"There's just not a lot more you can say about Seimone Augustus," LSU head coach Pokey Chatman said. "So often it is difficult to live up to the hype; but Seimone continues to exceed expectations. I think she's captured every possible individual award out there and this is yet another reminder of how special she is. I guess the only thing that does surprise me is her amazing humility in the midst of all the attention."

The voting opens on June 24 and fans can vote up until July 8. The ESPY winners will be announced during the show in Los Angeles on July 17 at 8 p.m. CST aired on ESPN.

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