Seimone Augustus Named 2006 WNBA Rookie of the Year

The WNBA announced that Minnesota Lynx guard Seimone Augustus has been named the 2006 WNBA Rookie of the Year. Augustus received 34 of a possible 56 votes from a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters to win the award. She becomes the second Lynx player to garner the honor, joining 2000 recipient Betty Lennox.

“It’s on honor to be named rookie of the year especially considering the season’s that Cappie, Sophia and the rest of the 2006 rookie class had,” said Augustus. “I would like to thank my teammates and the entire organization because without either of them, this would not be possible.”

Selected No. 1 in the 2006 WNBA Draft by the Lynx, Augustus finished the 2006 season as the league’s second leading scorer, averaging 21.9 points per game and ranked in the top 10 in both free throw accuracy (89.7 percent) and minutes played per game (33.1 mpg).

“For Seimone to win this award means a great deal to this franchise,” said Lynx Chief Operating Officer Roger Griffith. “We knew going into the draft that she was a special player, and she has already developed into one of the league's best players. We are extremely proud of her accomplishments, and that she is a member of the Minnesota Lynx.”

In one of the best rookie seasons in WNBA history, Augustus started all 34 games for the Lynx, leading the team in scoring with 744 points. In the process, she also set Lynx single-season records for points in a season and most field-goals made (283), breaking the marks previously held by Katie Smith (739 points in 2001 and 208 field-goals made in 2003).

Augustus scored 31 points in a 92-87 win over the Indiana Fever on June 2, becoming only the sixth rookie in WNBA history to score over 30 points in a game. The Indiana game capped a season-opening five-game run during which she tallied 116 points, the most prolific start to a career in WNBA history (Ruthie Bolton-Holifield – 106, Nikki McCray – 106, Tamika Catchings – 105, Yolanda Griffith – 99). She was also named WNBA Player of the Week (May 29-June 4), becoming the second-fastest rookie to earn that honor.

The consensus National Player of the Year during her junior and senior seasons at LSU, Augustus scored 30-plus points six times in her rookie season, joining Cynthia Cooper and Diana Taurasi as the only players in league history to accomplish that feat. She tied a season high by scoring 32 points, including a club-record 17 in the third quarter, against New York on July 30, her fourth 32-point night of the season (San Antonio – July 9, Phoenix – June 18 and Seattle – June 14).

Augustus was also named to the WNBA All-Rookie team, joining Phoenix Mercury guard Cappie Pondexter, Chicago Sky center Candice Dupree, San Antonio Silver Stars forward Sophia Young and Charlotte Sting forward Monique Currie.