Augustus named Freshman of the Year

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- LSU's sixth-ranked Lady Tigers basketball team, the No. 2 seed in this week's Southeastern Conference Tournament, had three players, Seimone Augustus, Temeka Johnson and Aiysha Smith, earn postseason honors, it was announced by the league office on Wednesday.

Seimone Augustus, a 6-1 forward, was named the SEC Freshman of the Year and was tabbed second-team All-SEC. The Baton Rouge native, who was also named to the All-Freshman team, led LSU with 15.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, including scoring 15.6 points and grabbing 5.6 rebounds per game in conference games. Augustus connected on 55 percent of her field goals and hit 60 of 70 free throws, including 40 of 43 in SEC games to lead the conference.

Junior Temeka Johnson and senior Aiysha Smith were both selected as honorable mention All-SEC members. Johnson, a 5-3 guard, averaged 9.4 points and 5.8 assists per contest, including 9.7 points and 5.3 assists in conference games. Smith, a 6-2 post player, averaged 12.6 points and a team-high 5.8 rebounds per outing, which included 11.9 points and 6.1 rebounds in SEC games.

Johnson and Smith, who had to receive a first-team vote to be named honorable mention, were the only two players to earn the honor.

The honors, five members of the first-team, five members of the second-team, two honorable mentions and a five-member All-Freshman team, where selected by the head coaches of the 12 member institutions. The coaches also named a player, freshman and coach of the year.

LaToya Thomas, a senior at Mississippi State, was named the Player of the Year, while Pat Summitt was chosen as the Coach of the Year.

The Lady Tigers (24-3, 11-3 SEC) open the SEC Tournament at 2:30 p.m. on Friday in the second round against the winner of Thursday's game between No. 7 seed Arkansas and No. 10 seed Alabama.

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