Augustus Named to ALL-WNBA Second Team

Minnesota Lynx guard Seimone Augustus, the 2006 WNBA Rookie of the Year, was named to the 2006 All-WNBA Second Team, it was announced by the WNBA. Augustus, who received 143 points, was the lone WNBA rookie selected to either team. The voting for the All-WNBA Teams was conducted by a panel of national sportswriters and broadcasters who selected players by position. First Team votes received five points while Second Team votes received three.

"It's an honor to be selected among some of the WNBA's great players as a member of the All-WNBA Second Team," said Augustus. "Once again, I really must thank my teammates and the entire Lynx organization, as I share this award with all of them."

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. She ranked in the top 10 in both free throw accuracy (89.7 percent) and minutes played (33.1 mpg). Augustus becomes the third player in Lynx history to be named to an All-WNBA First or Second Team, joining Betty Lennox (2000) and Katie Smith (1st Team 2001, 2003 and 2nd Team - 2000, 2002). Both Augustus and Lennox earned Second Team honors as rookies.

On Aug. 20, Augustus became the second Lynx player (Betty Lennox) in franchise history to earn WNBA Rookie of the Year honors. 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).

Joining Augustus on the WNBA All-Second Team are center Cheryl Ford (Detroit, 191 points), forwards Taj McWilliams-Franklin (Connecticut, 151 points), Sheryl Swoopes (Houston, 92 points) and guard Alana Beard (Washington, 166 points). The All-WNBA First Team consists of center Lisa Leslie (Los Angeles, 278 points), forwards Tamika Catchings (Indiana, 249 points) and Lauren Jackson (Seattle, 246 points) and guards Diana Taurasi (Phoenix, 276 points) and Katie Douglas (Connecticut, 232 points).
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