Augustus named Wooden All-American

Seimone Augustus, a senior on LSU's women's basketball team, was selected as one of five John R. Wooden Women's All-Americans, making her a finalist for the Women's Wooden Award, it was announced by the award committee on Thursday.

Augustus, a 6-1 guard, has helped LSU (31-3) reach its third straight NCAA Final Four. The Baton Rouge native is averaging a nation's best 23.0 points per game overall and in the tournament, including scoring a game-high 26 in the Lady Tigers' victory over Stanford in the San Antonio Regional final on Monday night. For her efforts she was named the Regional Most Outstanding Player.


The Wooden Award is the second organization to name Augustus as an all-American. She was a unanimous first-team All-America selection by the Associated Press.


Augustus, last year's recipient of the John R. Wooden Award, is joined on the five-member All-America team by Duke's Monique Currie, North Carolina's Ivory Latta, Oklahoma's Courtney Paris and Cappie Pondexter of Rutgers.


The five finalists will be invited to Los Angeles for the 30th Annual Wooden Award Ceremony. The trophy presentation for this season's top women's college basketball player of the year will air Saturday, April 8, during a national CBS Sports telecast of the "John R. Wooden Award Show Presented by TIAA-CREF" live from The Los Angeles Athletic Club at 1 p.m. CST.


A panel of more than 200 voters comprised of sports media members and women's college basketball experts from around the nation voted for both the five-member All-American Team and Wooden Award recipient as the nation's most outstanding women's collegiate basketball player. In addition to on-court performance, voters were also asked to make their selections based on each candidate's character and academic performance, essential components of the Wooden Award.


"We are delighted to recognize this fantastic group of women for their many remarkable accomplishments this season," said Mike Solum, director of the Wooden Award. "It will be interesting to see which of these five talented players takes home the Wooden Award trophy."


In order to be considered for the All-American Team, all players must have been accredited by their university as meeting the Wooden Award criteria, which includes making normal progress towards graduation and maintaining a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. It should be noted that all players named to the All-American Team were deemed eligible by meeting the Wooden Award academic requirements.


The 2006 Wooden Award ceremony, which will include the presentation of the Men's and Women's Wooden Award, the Wooden Award All-American Teams, and Legends of Coaching Award recipient Jim Boeheim of Syracuse University, will be held at The Los Angeles Athletic Club on April 8, 2006, and will be broadcast live on a national CBS Sports telecast. The top five male and female finalists invited to Los Angeles for the awards ceremony will receive a contribution from The Los Angeles Athletic Club for their university's general scholarship fund.

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