Augustus named WNBA Rookie of the Year

Seimone Augustus, the first pick of the 2006 WNBA draft and former LSU women's basketball star, was named the WNBA's Rookie of the Year on Sunday afternoon, it was announced by the league. Augustus, a member of the Minnesota Lynx, started all 34 games and averaged 21.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.

Her point total was second in the league, while she finished in the top 10 in nine other statistical categories.

 

The Baton Rouge native was second in field goals made with 283, second in total points with 744, second in field goal attempts with 620, third in total minutes played with 1,124, fifth in free throws made with 148, fifth in free throw percentage with 89.7, sixth in minutes per game with 33.1, eighth in free throw attempts with 165 and 10th in total efficiency points with 15.8.

 

Augustus beat out Phoenix's Cappie Pondexter by 14 votes. Augustus received 34 to Pondexter's 20. San Antonio's Sophia Young placed third with two votes.

 

"This is a great honor for me," Augustus said. "I know I can't take full credit for this award. I could not have had such a successful rookie season with out my teammate's help and guidance."

 

During the season, Augustus reached a career-high 32 points on four occasions and posted at least 30 points in six times. She also scored at least 20 points in 21 of the 34 games.

 

For her outstanding efforts, Augustus earned a spot on the 2006 WNBA All-Star team and led the Western Conference with 16 points.

 

Augustus is the second straight LSU player to receive the WNBA Rookie of the Year honor. Temeka Johnson, currently a member of the Los Angeles Sparks, won the honor last year as a rookie for the Washington Mystics.

 

During her LSU career, Augustus was a two-time National Player of the Year, having received the Wade Trophy, the Naismith Award, the John R. Wooden Award, the Honda Award. And the Associated Press Player of the Year honor.

 

She finished her collegiate career second on LSU's all-time scoring list with 2,702 points and helped lead LSU to three Final Fours, back-to-back Southeastern Conference regular season titles and a SEC Tournament championship.

 

Augustus will now start training with the 2006 United States Senior National team that begins competition for the FIBA World Championships in September. 

 

2006 ROOKIE OF THE YEAR RESULTS

 

34 - Seimone Augustus, Minnesota Lynx

20 - Cappie Pondexter, Phoenix Mercury

2 - Sophia Young, San Antonio Silver Stars

 

PAST ROOKIE OF THE YEAR WINNERS

 

2006 - Seimone Augustus, Minnesota Lynx

2005 - Temeka Johnson, Washington Mystics

2004 - Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury

2003 - Cheryl Ford, Detroit Shock

2002 - Tamika Catchings, Indiana Fever

2001 - Jackie Stiles, Portland Fire

2000 - Betty Lennox, Minnesota Lynx

1999 - Chamique Holdsclaw, Washington Mystics

1998 - Tracy Reid, Charlotte Sting

 


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