Augustus Shares Scoring Record With Teammates, Fans

Mark Remme
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Everyone has at least one favorite Seimone Augustus moment.

Some are vague, because it's hard to pinpoint just one. Some are so specific, like in Maya Moore’s case, it takes a few minutes, some body English and extra sound effects to tell it properly—like when Augustus used Barry Sanders-like moves to break through three levels of defenders during a drive to the hoop in last year's postseason. But everyone at Target Center on Tuesday night went home with at least one unique memory of Augustus as she passed Katie Smith on the Lynx’s all-time scoring list.

Augustus scored 23 points and drained a career-high six 3-pointers in an 88-77 win over the Los Angeles Sparks, making the new all-time record 3,620. She passed Smith, her former teammate on the U.S. women’s basketball team in the 2008 Olympics, with a 3-pointer in the second quarter that gave Minnesota a 35-29 lead.

On a night that everyone was talking about her, Augustus was her typical humble self trying to take in all the personal and team feats she’s accomplished just in the last calendar year. Since last September, she’s become a WNBA champion, a WNBA Finals MVP, has collected her second Gold Medal and is now the all-time scoring leader for the only professional franchise she’s ever known.

She passed Smith, a player Augustus attributes with helping her learn to always be aggressive, always be consistent and always be a class act on and off the court. She passed a player she in part attributes in helping become the player she is today.

With everyone talking about Augustus, she talked about sharing the moment with everyone else.

“It was amazing, just to share this moment with the fans,” Augustus said. “They’ve been great throughout my career. They’ve been very supportive. And as far as I’m concerned this is my second home. This is a place that has embraced me, and I’m proud to continue to make them proud of me.”

With about 3:30 remaining in the second quarter during a stoppage of play, those in attendance at Target Center were told over the loudspeaker of Augustus’ accomplishment. The crowd gave her a standing ovation, and she received congratulations from her teammates on the sidelines before the Lynx went back to work. It wasn’t until after the game that her teammates and coaches fully got to appreciate the accomplishment.

Coach Cheryl Reeve said her favorite Augustus moment on the court was her performance against Atlanta in the 2011 WNBA Finals—the way she performed at an unstoppable level despite being at the top of the Dream’s scouting report. But Reeve said on the night Augustus set the all-time scoring mark, what stood out most was the way her teammates responded.

“The coolest thing about Seimone is how happy her teammates are for Seimone,” Reeve said. “Seimone is one of those franchise players that is the full package. I mean she’s my comedienne, she’s just from a teammate’s perspective everything you’d want in a franchise player. She’s so unselfish and so humble. I know right now she’s in there just kind of embarrassed, like yeah, that’s great. And her teammates are really happy for her. So that really just says a lot about her as a person.”

Moore said the milestone was fitting considering Augustus’ offensive talents. She scores so effortlessly and fills her teammates’ stat lines with assists, Moore said, but more importantly Augustus is a teammate she loves to watch succeed.

Guard Candice Wiggins said she thinks Augustus is one of the most consistent scorers in WNBA history. The two have been teammates since 2008, so the two have spent a lot of time together on the court. Witnessing the record-breaking performance on Tuesday was extra special because of that longevity.

“It’s just her games; she’s so amazing at it,” Wiggins said. “And it’s great to be here to witness it. All the years we’ve played together and all the things she’s gone through. She’s awesome.”

Then there’s rookie Devereaux Peters, who is in her first season as Augustus’ teammate but grew up watching her play. She said Augustus was always one of her favorite players, and to be on her team and see her accomplish a milestone like the franchise’s all-time scoring mark is a moment she’ll never forget.

Everyone had a favorite Seimone Augustus moment prior to Tuesday. Now, this 2012 Lynx squad has one they’ll forever share with the team’s all-time leading scorer.

“It’s been amazing to see everything come to fold,” Augustus said. “See how this team came together, see how I’ve grown as a player. It’s just been amazing. I’m at a loss for words.”

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