Was there any doubt? Augustus wins Naismith

Seimone Augustus, a senior on LSU's Lady Tigers basketball team, was named the 2006 Naismith Trophy Women's College Basketball Player of the Year presented by Cingular Wireless, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced on Friday.

Augustus, a 6-1 guard, also received the honor last season and is the sixth player in the history of the Naismith to be awarded the honor more than once, joining Diana Taurasi who won the award in 2003 and 2004, Southern California's Cheryl Miller (1984, '85, '86), Virginia's Dawn Staley (1991, '92) and Tennessee's Chamique Holdsclaw (1998, '99).

"Seimone may have been even more impressive this season than she was last year," said Gary Stokan, Atlanta Tipoff Club president. "She proved to be more than a gifted scorer, but also a team leader in her senior season. She has earned a special place in the history of LSU athletics and now also among past Naismith Trophy winners."

The Baton Rouge native averaged a nation's best 22.7 points per game and added 4.7 rebounds per outing for the Lady Tigers, leading them to the program's third straight trip to the NCAA Final Four and the 31-4 overall record. Augustus, the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, also helped LSU record a13-1 record in the SEC for the school's second straight regular season conference title.

"This is a great honor for me and LSU," Augustus said. "This year's field was extremely tough and I am please to be able to repeat, but this honor does not go just to me. It goes to my teammates and my coaches. I could not have done this without any of them."

The Naismith Trophy is given annually to the men's and women's college players of the year and is one of the most prestigious national awards in college basketball.

Augustus was recognized at the Naismith Awards Banquet presented by Delta Air Lines on Friday night in Atlanta. The other finalists were Duke's Monique Currie, Oklahoma's Courtney Paris, North Carolina's Ivory Latta and Rutger's Cappie Pondexter.

Augustus was selected by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors -- a collection of leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country -- and, for the first time, the fans. This year, through the power and ease of text messaging, fans accounted for 25% of the Board of Selectors' overall vote. The results were certified by the accounting firm of Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP.

Augustus has now repeated as the Naismith Award winner, State Farm Wade Trophy recipient and the winner of the Associated Press National Player of the Year award.

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