Augustus a CLASS finalist

Seimone Augustus, a senior guard on LSU's third-ranked women's basketball team, has been named as one of 10 female finalists for the Bayer Advantage Senior C.L.A.S.S. Award.

The award, an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, is presented annually to the nation's senior player-of-the-year for NCAA Division I men's and women's basketball.

Nationwide voting begins on Monday, March 6 and concludes two weeks later on March 20. Winners are determined by a balloting system that includes college basketball coaches, media and fans. Over 100 coaches and media will receive private ballots. Fans can vote on-line at www.seniorclassaward.com.

While performance on the basketball court is the defining attribute, candidates must maintain NCAA student-athlete academic standards and be working towards a degree. The foundation of the award is based on commitment to their university and their education while achieving on the basketball court.

Augustus, the consensus National Player of the Year last season, received her undergraduate degree from LSU in August 2005 and is currently a few hours shy of a second degree.

This season the Baton Rouge native leads LSU into the postseason by averaging a nation's best 22.4 points per game to go with a 57.7 field goal percentage. She has scored at least 20 points in 20 of the Lady Tigers 27 games this season, including reaching the 30-point plateau four times.

Augustus joins Monique Currie of Duke, LaToya Davis of Texas Tech, Megan Duffy of Notre Dame, Candice Dupree of Temple, Cappie Pondexter of Rutgers, Liz Shimek of Michigan State, Ann Strother and Barbara Turner of Connecticut and Sophia Young of Baylor on the list of finalists.

This year's award winners will be honored at a college basketball gala in Kansas City hosted by the Parkinson's Foundation of the Heartland. The trophies will be presented on April 1, simultaneous with the official announcement by Dick Enberg on CBS. The event will also recognize the All-Senior All-American Teams as determined by the Bayer Advantage® Senior CLASS Award balloting.

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