More hardware for Seimone; wins Wooden Award

Seimone Augustus, once again repeated as a national award winner, this time winning the John R. Wooden Women's Award for the second straight year when it was announced on Saturday afternoon during a live televised awards show at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

Augustus, a 6-1 guard for the Final Four participant LSU Lady Tigers' basketball team, was one of five finalists for the honor. The Baton Rouge native received the award over Duke's Monique Currie, North Carolina's Ivory Latta, Oklahoma's Courtney Paris and Cappie Pondexter of Rutgers.

Augustus, who is in Australia with the United States Women's National team, was represented at the awards show by her parents Kim and Seymore Augustus.

The Baton Rouge native has also the repeat winner as the National Player of the Year by Naismith and the Associated Press, and won the State Farm Wade Trophy as the top player in the country.

During the 2005-06 season, Augustus 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.

The Wooden Award Scholarship Fund was established in 2002 by Applied Materials and corporate partners through the California Community Foundation (CCF) to honor Coach Wooden's dedication as an educator and mentor. The Scholarship Fund distributed $15,000 last year to each university represented by a men's and women's Wooden Award All-American Team finalist (for a total of $150,000). Additional donations to Applied Materials' John R. WoodenAward Scholarship Fund can be made by contacting the scholarship fund through the CCF (www.calfund.org).

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