Seimone Augustus

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Seimone Augustus
Augustus 2012-crop.jpg
No. 33 – Minnesota Lynx
Position Small forward / Shooting guard
League WNBA
Personal information
Born (1984-04-30) April 30, 1984 (age 33)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight 170 lb (77 kg)
Career information
High school Capitol (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
College LSU (2002–2006)
WNBA draft 2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Minnesota Lynx
Playing career 2006–present
Career history
2006–present Minnesota Lynx
2006–2008 Dynamo Moscow
2008–2009,
2010–2011
Galatasaray
2011–2012 WBC Spartak Moscow Region
2013–2016 Dynamo Kursk
Career highlights and awards
Stats at WNBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Seimone Delicia Augustus (born April 30, 1984) is an American professional women's basketball player with the Minnesota Lynx of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), Dynamo Kursk and the U.S. national team.[1] A seven-time all-star, Augustus has become one of the most recognizable faces in the WNBA, earning MVP honors while leading the Lynx to the 2011 WNBA championship, the first of four that she has won with the team.[2]

Early years[edit]

Augustus was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; she is the daughter of Seymore and Kim Augustus.

Before her freshman year in high school, Augustus was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated for Women, with a headline that asked, "Is She the Next Michael Jordan?" Augustus played for Capitol High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she was named a WBCA All-American. She participated in the 2002 WBCA High School All-America Game where she scored fourteen points, and earned MVP honors.[3][4]

College career[edit]

Augustus in 2007

During her collegiate career with the LSU Lady Tigers, the two-time All-American[5] won the Naismith College Player of the Year,[6] Wooden Award and Wade Trophy in 2005 and 2006 while leading the LSU to three straight Final Four appearances.[7] The Lady Tigers however, never advanced beyond the semi-final round. She averaged 19.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2 assists per game in her collegiate career. During her final year, she won the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, recognizing her as the nation's top senior women's basketball player. Augustus graduated from Louisiana State University in 2006. Her uniform number (33) was retired by LSU on January 9, 2010, making her the first female athlete in school history to receive that honor.[8] Augustus had also played with future WNBA teammate Sylvia Fowles during her collegiate career at LSU.

College statistics[edit]

Source[9]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year Team GP Points FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2002-03 LSU 34 504 54.9 33.3 88.8 5.5 1.9 1.0 0.4 14.8
2003-04 LSU 35 679 52.8 37.5 90.1 6.0 2.1 1.6 0.7 19.4
2004-05 LSU 36 724 53.9 27.8 86.9 4.6 2.1 1.4 0.5 20.1
2005-06 LSU 35 795 56.1 45.0 79.0 4.7 1.8 1.5 0.4 22.7
Career LSU 140 2702 54.4 38.8 85.7 5.2 2.0 1.4 0.5 19.3

WNBA career[edit]

2006–2008: Personal Success, Team Failure[edit]

Augustus was drafted No. 1 overall in 2006 WNBA Draft by the Minnesota Lynx. Selected as a reserve for the 2006 WNBA All Star Game at Madison Square Garden, Augustus led the West squad with 16 points and won the Skills Competition the previous evening.

Augustus finished 2006 second to the Mercury's Diana Taurasi in scoring at 21.9 points per game, a rookie record. Only one player (Taurasi 2006), scored more points in a single season. In addition, she finished fifth in free throw percentage (.967). On August 20, Augustus was named the 2006 WNBA Rookie of the Year.

The former LSU star improved to a career-high 22.6 points per game in 2007, while shooting nearly 51% from the field. An All Star for the second straight year, Augustus finished second to Seattle's Lauren Jackson in scoring average and played in all 34 games. The Lynx however, finished 10–24 tied with Los Angeles Sparks for the league's worst record.

2009–2010: injuries[edit]

Augustus shoots a goal in the 2016 WNBA Finals. At left are Lindsay Whalen and Maya Moore.

In June 2009, Seimone suffered a season-ending injury, a torn ACL, against the Phoenix Mercury.[10]

Augustus's return in 2010 was derailed by medical issues as well, as she was forced to undergo surgery to remove fibroid tumors, including one the size of a golf ball.[11] Augustus had attempted to postpone surgery until after the season, but the pain was too difficult to play through. Despite the setback, Augustus returned to play the final 25 games of the season.

2011–present: A Dynasty in the Making[edit]

Augustus was finally back to full strength in 2011, and a part of a potent Lynx team that included a supporting cast of Lindsay Whalen, Rebekkah Brunson and newly acquired rookie Maya Moore. Augustus led the team in scoring and served as the team's lead defender as the Lynx rolled to a league best 27-7 record.[12] Augustus also made her first all-star game since 2007. She finished eighth in MVP voting, and was named Second Team All-WNBA for the third time in her career, and the first since 2007.

Augustus elevated her game in the playoffs.[13] She led the Lynx in scoring in five of their eight games, and scored the second-highest number of points in WNBA Finals history – 36 – in game two of the 2011 WNBA Finals. The Lynx swept the Atlanta Dream in the title round, with Augustus being unanimously named Finals MVP.

The Lynx were not a flash in the pan; they would return to the finals the next two seasons, losing to the Indiana Fever in 2012, and defeating Atlanta again in 2013. Augustus continued to earn accolades during this time. She was named first-team all-WNBA in 2012, and voted an all-star-game starter in 2013.

Augustus during the 2017 WNBA Finals

During the 2015 season, Augustus was named a WNBA All-Star for the sixth time in her career while averaging 13.8 points per game. However, Augustus was battling a right knee injury and was out indefinitely midway through the season to have knee surgery.[14] The Lynx had remained dominant; making a trade for star center Sylvia Fowles, strengthening their starting lineup as they finished first place in the Western Conference with a 22-12 record. Augustus was able to return in time for the playoffs and The Lynx would return to the finals for a rematch against the Indiana Fever, this time with the Lynx beating Indiana in a hard fought series 3-2 with the newly acquired Sylvia Fowles winning Finals MVP, as the Lynx won their third WNBA championship in five years.[15]

In the 2016 season, the Lynx continued to be a championship contender in the league, as they finished with a franchise best 28-6 record. With the WNBA's new playoff format in effect, the Lynx were the number 1 seed in the league with a double-bye to the semi-finals (the last round before the WNBA Finals) facing the Phoenix Mercury. Prior to the playoffs, Augustus had signed a multi-year contract extension with the Lynx.[16] The Lynx defeated the Mercury in a 3-game sweep, advancing to the WNBA Finals for the fifth time in six years. The Lynx were up against the Los Angeles Sparks, making it the second time in league history where two teams from the same conference faced each other in the Finals due to the new playoff format. However, the Lynx were defeated by the Sparks in five games. Also in 2016, Augustus was chosen to the WNBA Top 20@20, a list of the league's best 20 players ever in celebration of the WNBA's twentieth anniversary.

Augustus celebrates after the Lynx win their 4th championship in 2017

In the 2017 season, Augustus seemed to decline in scoring. She would still be voted into the 2017 WNBA All-Star Game, making it her seventh all-star game appearance of her career, despite averaging a career-low in scoring, but would be more of a facilitator on offence, averaging a career-high in assists. On August 12, 2017, the Lynx made history as they defeated the Indiana Fever 111-52, marking it the largest margin of victory in WNBA history, they also exploded on a league record 37-0 scoring run during the game.[17] The Lynx finished with the number 1 seed yet again, with a 27-7 record, receiving a double-bye to the semi-finals. In the semi-finals, the Lynx defeated the Washington Mystics in a 3-game sweep, advancing to the WNBA Finals for the sixth time in seven years, setting up a rematch with the Sparks. Augustus scored a season-high 24 points in game 1 against Washington.[18] The Lynx would avenge last year's Finals loss this time by defeating the Sparks in five games to win their fourth championship in seven seasons.

WNBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game  RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game  BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game
 TO  Turnovers per game  FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 Bold  Career high League leader
Denotes seasons in which Augustus won a WNBA championship


Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG TO PPG
2006 Minnesota 34 34 33.1 .456 .353 .897 3.8 1.5 0.6 0.5 2.0 21.9
2007 Minnesota 34 33 32.1 .508 .419 .873 4.0 2.3 1.2 0.6 2.4 22.6
2008 Minnesota 31 31 33.6 .470 .317 .890 3.9 2.7 1.0 0.4 1.6 19.1
2009 Minnesota 6 6 29.7 .570 .643 .905 4.2 1.5 2.0 0.5 2.1 21.0
2010 Minnesota 25 25 33.3 .429 .336 .667 3.2 1.9 0.7 0.3 1.4 16.4
2011 Minnesota 34 34 29.3 .504 .417 .865 3.5 2.2 0.9 0.4 1.3 16.2
2012 Minnesota 29 29 29.3 .491 .437 .852 3.6 2.5 0.9 0.2 1.7 16.6
2013 Minnesota 31 31 29.8 .516 .290 .879 3.2 2.5 0.5 0.5 1.4 16.3
2014 Minnesota 24 24 31.2 .511 .333 .846 3.6 2.4 0.4 0.1 1.6 16.5
2015 Minnesota 16 16 30.1 .440 .130 1.000 2.9 2.4 0.5 0.3 1.2 13.8
2016 Minnesota 29 29 26.4 .460 .333 .804 2.9 2.4 0.5 0.3 1.9 11.2
2017 Minnesota 32 32 27.7 .502 .432 .868 2.9 4.0 0.5 0.0 1.4 10.9
Career 12 years, 1 team 325 325 30.5 .483 .366 .865 3.5 2.4 0.8 0.3 1.7 16.9

Postseason[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG TO PPG
2011 Minnesota 8 8 33.0 .527 .438 .886 4.5 3.8 0.9 0.6 1.6 22.0
2012 Minnesota 9 9 35.0 .427 .294 .806 5.0 2.1 1.6 0.3 1.5 17.9
2013 Minnesota 7 7 32.0 .546 .333 .684 3.7 1.4 1.0 0.9 1.7 17.4
2014 Minnesota 5 5 34.2 .443 .250 .833 3.2 2.4 1.0 0.2 1.0 18.6
2015 Minnesota 10 10 34.4 .379 .143 .762 3.0 2.5 0.9 0.3 1.3 12.8
2016 Minnesota 8 8 26.9 .393 .250 .870 2.9 3.3 0.8 0.2 2.0 11.1
2017 Minnesota 8 8 31.8 .490 .526 .500 4.8 3.5 0.3 0.5 1.6 13.9
Career 7 years, 1 team 47 47 32.6 .450 .289 .816 3.8 2.6 1.1 0.4 1.6 16.4

Overseas career[edit]

In the 2006–07 and 2007–08 WNBA off seasons, she played for the Dynamo Moscow club in Russia.[19][20]

During the 2008–09 WNBA offseason, Augustus played in the EuroCup for Galatasaray, a club based in Turkey.[21] She would once again play for Galatasaray in the 2010-11 WNBA offseason.

Since 2013, Augustus has played three consecutive offseasons for Dynamo Kursk of the Russian League.

Awards and achievements[edit]

  • 2004—Winner of the Honda Sports Award for basketball[22]
  • 2005—Winner of the Honda Sports Award for basketball[22]
  • 2007–08 Turkish Presidents Cup Winner with Galatasaray[23]
  • 2008–09 FIBA Eurocup Winner with Galatasaray[24]
  • 2008–09 FIBA Eurocup MVP with Galatasaray

International career[edit]

Augustus is a current member of the U.S. women's basketball team and she earned a gold medal at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.

Augustus was invited to the USA Basketball Women's National Team training camp in the fall of 2009.[25] The team selected to play for the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2012 Olympics is usually chosen from these participants. At the conclusion of the training camp, the team traveled to Ekaterinburg, Russia, where they competed in the 2009 UMMC Ekaterinburg International Invitational.[25] While Augustus did not go to the World Championship, she was chosen for her second Olympic tournament.[26] Augustus was ultimately selected to the 2014 FIBA World Championship, along with Lynx teammates Moore and Whalen, and the US went on to win the gold medal.[27]

Personal life[edit]

In April 2010, Augustus had surgery at Fairview Southdale Hospital to remove fibroids, a surgery that both her mother and grandmother had undergone. While her uterus was removed during the operation, her ovaries were left intact, making children via a gestational surrogate possible. She has said that she wants children someday.[28] Augustus is openly lesbian.[29] She became engaged to LaTaya Varner in 2010,[30] and married her in Hawaii in 2015.[31] Augustus is the cousin of former Mississippi State power forward, Kodi Augustus.[32]

References[edit]

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  7. ^ "The Wade Trophy". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 30 Jun 2014. 
  8. ^ "LSU retires jersey of Seimone Augustus". AP – USAToday. Jan 9, 2010. Retrieved January 10, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Women's Basketball Player stats". NCAA. Retrieved 25 Sep 2015. 
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  11. ^ Elizabeth Flores/The Associated Press. "Seimone Augustus recovering from surgery to remove fibroids". Nola.com. Retrieved November 5, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Blount: Finally healthy, Augustus puts it all together". Startribune.com. September 13, 2011. Retrieved November 5, 2011. 
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  14. ^ "Minnesota Lynx: Seimone Augustus out after knee surgery". Twin Cities. 2015-07-16. Retrieved 2017-09-07. 
  15. ^ "Whalen, Augustus to rejoin Lynx for playoff opener". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2017-09-07. 
  16. ^ "Lynx sign Whalen, Augustus to multiyear deals". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-09-07. 
  17. ^ Minnesota Lynx embarrass Fever by WNBA record 59 points
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  19. ^ "Offseason 2006–07: Overseas Roster". Wnba.com. Retrieved November 5, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Offseason 2007–08: Overseas Roster". Wnba.com. February 12, 2008. Retrieved November 5, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Offseason 2008–09: Overseas Roster". Wnba.com. January 8, 2009. Retrieved November 5, 2011. 
  22. ^ a b "PAST HONDA SPORTS AWARD WINNERS FOR BASKETBALL". THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards Program. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  23. ^ "ŞAMPİYON GALATASARAY | Galatasaray 71 – Fenerbahçe 55". Galatasaray.org. Retrieved November 5, 2011. 
  24. ^ "Galatasaray Win EuroCup Women After OT Thriller". Fibaeurope.com. Retrieved November 5, 2011. 
  25. ^ a b "USA Basketball Women's National Team To Tip-Off Training Tomorrow In D.C". USA Basketball. Retrieved October 1, 2009. 
  26. ^ "Twenty-One Finalists In The Mix For Final 2012 U.S. Women's Olympic Basketball Team Roster". USA Basketball. February 13, 2012. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  27. ^ "Seimone Augustus". Retrieved 2017-09-07. 
  28. ^ Augustoviz, Roman (May 6, 2010). "Augustus set to overcome her latest major hurdle". Star Tribune. 
  29. ^ Katz, Michael (October 15, 2012). "Seimone Augustus, WNBA star, speaks out for same-sex marriage in Minnesota". USA Today. Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  30. ^ "Reasons to Have Pride in 2012, Part 1". The Advocate. May 15, 2012. 
  31. ^ "WNBA's Seimone Augustus Weds LaTaya Varner in Hawaii". PEOPLE.com. 2015-05-10. Retrieved 2017-09-07. 
  32. ^ "#24 Kodi Augustus". HailState.com. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 

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