Augustus, Fowles finalists for Wade Trophy

LSU's women's basketball duo of Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles were both named as finalists for the 2006 State Farm Wade Trophy, it was announced by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) on Thursday.

Augustus, who received The State Farm Wade Trophy last season as the nation's top women's basketball player, is one of seven seniors on the list, while Fowles is one of three sophomores. The list of finalists consists of 12 players selected by The State Farm Wade Trophy Committee along with the WBCA and the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS).

The candidates were selected by a vote of committee members comprised of leading basketball coaches, journalists and basketball administrators. Members of the committee will select the winner of The State Farm Wade Trophy from the 10-member Division I Kodak All-America Team and will be announced at the Kodak/WBCA All-America Team Press Conference and Wade Trophy Announcement during the WBCA National Convention on April 1 in Boston.

"All 12 finalists have earned this recognition, considering the contributions they have made to their institutions both on and off the court," said WBCA CEO, Beth Bass. "Any of these student-athletes would be an excellent representative of Lily Margaret Wade and The State Farm Wade Trophy."

Augustus, a two-time Kodak/WBCA All-American, leads LSU (27-3) and the nation with 23.0 points per game. The 6-1 guard was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year.

Fowles, a candidate for her first Kodak/WBCA All-America honor, is posting 16.7 points and 11.6 rebounds per game this season and has collected a double double in 21 of the Lady Tigers' 30 games this season. The 6-6 center was named first-team All-SEC.

The State Farm Wade Trophy, now in its 29th year is named after the late, legendary three-time national champion Delta State University coach, Lily Margaret Wade. This most prestigious award, regarded as "The Heisman of Women's Basketball", debuted in 1978 as the first-ever women's national player of the year award in college basketball.

The first recipient of the Wade Trophy was Carol Blazejowski of Montclair State in 1978. Other Wade Trophy/NCAA Division I Player of the Year recipients include many WNBA standouts such as Teresa Weatherspoon (1988), DeLisha Milton-Jones (1997), Ticha Penicheiro (1998), Sue Bird (2002), Diana Taurasi (2003) and the only two-time recipient thus far, Nancy Lieberman (1979 and 1980).

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