Augustus named National Freshman of the Year

Seimone Augustus, a freshman guard for the third-ranked LSU Lady Tigers basketball team, has been named the national Freshman of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association.

Augustus leads LSU (27-3) in scoring, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, and is second in rebounding. She is averaging 15.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game entering next week's NCAA Tournament. She has hit 192 of 348 field goals for a 55.2 percentage and has connected on 74 of 84 free throws for 88.1 percent.

"It is a tribute to what Seimone has accomplished and how she has handled everything as a freshman," LSU head coach Sue Gunter said. "Certainly over the course of the 30 games that we have played to this point, it has been amazing how she has handled herself with composure and poise. She is a very gifted young student-athlete and it is an honor that is well deserved. It is also a great compliment to our team."

The Baton Rouge native led the Lady Tigers in scoring in 12 games and scored in double figures 25 times, including seven games with 20 or more points.

Augustus poured in a career-best 27 points in her collegiate debut at Arizona in November, the most points scored by a LSU true freshman in their first game. Late in the year, she pulled down 19 rebounds against Georgia, the most rebounds by an LSU player since 1994.

Augustus has put together one of the most productive seasons by a freshman at LSU. She enters the NCAA Tournament ranked fifth in scoring by a freshman in school history. She also owns the second best field goal percentage by a freshman in LSU history and the 10th best percentage in a single season by any player.

Augustus becomes the second player at LSU to win a national Freshman of the Year honor. She joins current teammate DeTrina White who was given the honor in 1999 by the Women's Basketball News Service.

The USBWA, which also selected a 10-member All-America team as well as a national Player and Coach of the Year, is the largest sportswriters organization in the country and have close to 1,000 members.

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