Fowles, Augustus on early Wooden Watch List

LOS ANGELES -- LSU's Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles, of the Lady Tigers' basketball team, have both been named as a preseason candidate for the 2005-06 Women's Wooden Award presented by Applied Materials, it was announced by the John R. Wooden Award on Friday.

Augustus, a senior-to-be for this upcoming season, was Women's Wooden Award winner last season after leading LSU to a 33-3 record, the program's first Southeastern Conference regular season title and a return trip to the NCAA Final Four. Augustus, a Baton Rouge native, averaged 20.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game on her way to winning the prestigious honor.

Fowles, a sophomore-to-be, was named to the preseason list for the first time. Last season as a freshman, the Miami, Fla., native averaged 11.8 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.

The LSU pair are two of 30 preseason candidates for the annual award.

The list also includes two others that were honored last year as members of the 2005 Women's Wooden Award All-American Team with Duke's Monique Currie and Ohio State's Jessica Davenport. In addition, six other preseason nominees were in the running for last year's Wooden Award and named to the official voting ballot, including Michigan State's Lindsay Bowen, Texas' Tiffany Jackson, Rutgers' Cappie Pondexter, DePaul's Khara Smith, Stanford's Candice Wiggins and Baylor's Sophia Young.

In mid-January, the Wooden Award Committee will release the Midseason Top 20 List, followed in March by the official voting ballot, consisting of approximately 15 top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA. The 2006 Award ceremony, which will include the presentation of the Men's and Women's Wooden Award, the Wooden Award All-American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, will be held at The Los Angeles Athletic Club on April 8, 2006, and will be broadcast live on a national CBS telecast.

The top five male and female finalists will be invited to Los Angeles for the Awards ceremony and will receive a contribution from the John R. Wooden Award Scholarship Fund in their name to their university's general scholarship fund.

The Wooden Award Scholarship Fund was established in 2002 by Applied Materials and corporate partners through the California Community Foundation (CCF) to honor Coach Wooden's dedication as an educator and mentor. The Scholarship Fund distributed $10,000 last year to each university represented by a men's and women's Wooden Award All-American Team finalist (for a total of $100,000).

Additional donations to Applied Materials' John Wooden Scholarship Fund can be made by contacting the scholarship fund through the CCF (www.calfund.org).

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