Augustus named finalist for Sullivan Award

Seimone Augustus, senior on the LSU women's basketball team, is one of 10 finalists for the 2005 James E. Sullivan Award presented by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) to the nation's top amateur athlete in the United States.

Augustus, who averaged 20.1 points a game last season, led LSU to a 33-3 record, including 14-0 in the Southeastern Conference, and a second consecutive Final Four appearance. She won the Naismith, John R. Wooden, Wade and Associated Press player of the year awards as the nation's top female player, in her junior season.

The Baton Rouge native also averaged 14.2 points a game and helped the USA capture the gold medal at the World University Games in August.

The outcome of this year's award is based on three equally weighted tallies: the results of the USATODAY.com's online survey and the votes respectively of the AAU board and the United States Olympic Committee and their affiliates.

Augustus joins Duke men's basketball player JJ. Reddick, Southern California football players Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart, Texas football player Vince Young, track athlete Kerron Clement, taekwondo star Steven Lopez, gymnast Chellsie Memmel, snow skier Bode Miller and diver Laura Wilkinson.

The award, presented to the winner on April 12 at the New York Athletic Club in New York City, is based on the performances of the athletes in the 2005 calendar year.

The public is encouraged to vote at http://www.usatoday.com/sports/2006-sullivan-award_x.htm.

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