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Seimone Augustus's Bio

About Seimone Augustus

NOTABLE

  • WNBA Champion (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)
  • WNBA Finals MVP (2011)
  • WNBA Rookie of the Year (2006)
  • All-WNBA First Team (2012)
  • All-WNBA Second Team (2006, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014)
  • Western Conference All-Star (2006, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
  • Western Conference Player of the Month (July 2011)
  • Western Conference Player of the Week (2006:1, 2008:1, 2009:1, 2010:1, 2011:3)
  • Named to the WNBA’s Top 20@20 Team
  • Lynx career leader in points (5,479) and games played (325)
  • Olympic Gold Medalist (2008, 2012, 2016)
  • FIBA World Championship Gold Medalist (2014)

 

CAREER TRANSACTIONS

Selected by Minnesota in the 1st round (1st overall) of the 2006 WNBA Draft… Signed to a three-year contract on Apr. 19, 2006… Re-signed to a four-year contract on Feb. 9, 2010… Re-signed to a three-year contract extension on Sept. 13, 2013… Re-signed a two-year contract extension on Sept. 15, 2016.

2017 SEASON

Wrapped up her 12th season in Minnesota by starting 32 games, her top total since playing all 34 in 2011… Missed a pair of contests (July 30-Aug. 3) for personal reasons… Led the Lynx with a career-high 127 assists, shattering her previous best of 83 set in 2008; she ranked 11th in the WNBA in assists (4.0 apg) and 6th in ast/TO ratio (2.82-to-1)… Averaged a career-low 10.9 ppg but topped 50% from the field for the fifth time in her career; the 50.2% accuracy was good for 12th in the league (4th among guards)… Also netted 2.9 rpg in 27.7 mpg while shooting 43.2% (19-for-44) from three-point range and 86.8% from the line… Reached double figures on 18 occasions, including a season-high 19 points July 14 at Phoenix… Tied her career high with 10 assists July 28 at Atlanta (also June 10, 2008 vs. Connecticut), en route to her second career double-double; she collected 108 ast/31 TOs in her final 25 outings (4.3 apg, 3.48-to-1 ratio)… Chipped in four points in the 2017 All-Star Game, held July 22 in Seattle… Claimed a game- and season-high seven rebounds June 3 at Seattle, and swiped a season-best three steals June 17 vs. Connecticut… Sank the tie-breaking jumper with :04.3 to play May 20 at Dallas, capping an 18-point effort.

WNBA CAREER CAPSULE

2016: Started 29 games, her top total since 2013… Averaged a career-low 11.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 2.4 apg in 26.4 mpg, shooting 46.0% from the floor, 33.3% (13-for-39) from beyond the arc and 80.4% from the FT line… Boosted her accuracy to 51.8% (72-for-139) in her last 13 outings, and hit 45.0% (9-for-20) from beyond the arc over her last 12… Signed a two-year contract extension on Sept. 15… Netted 20 points Sept. 11 at San Antonio, her fourth 20+ point night of the season and extending her franchise-record career total to 108… Sank the game-winner with :15.3 left in OT on July 17 at Dallas; she also scored the 5000th point of her WNBA career in that game… Scored 20 points July 15 vs. New York, adding a season-best seven rebounds – including the 1000th of her career… Tallied a season-high 21 points June 11 at Washington, one of six times she was the Lynx’ top scorer… Saw her string of made FTs halted at 43 on May 27 vs. Indiana, one shy of Candice Wiggins’ club record… Dished a season-high six assists May 18 at Chicago. 2015: Saw her season interrupted by a pair of injuries… Started 16 games, missing 10 after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on her right knee and the final eight due to a sprained left foot… Averaged 13.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 2.4 apg in 30.0 mpg, shooting 44.0% from the floor… Chosen for the 2015 WNBA All-Star Game, held July 25 in Connecticut, but did not play due to injury… Had 21 points and a season-high five assists July 14 at Connecticut, her third 20+ effort of the year… Tallied a season-best 24 points (in a season-high 37:21) June 25 at Seattle, helping the Lynx overcome an 18-point deficit to win… Dished five assists June 21 vs. Tulsa (one of two times she led) and pulled in a season-high six rebounds June 14 at Phoenix… The June 6 game at Indiana was the 250th of her WNBA career. 2014: Started 24 games, missing 10 due to soreness in her left knee… Averaged 16.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 2.4 apg in 31.2 mpg, the latter her highest figure since 2010… Led all guards (12th overall) in FG accuracy at 51.1%, the third time she’s topped 50%; she also shot 84.6% from the FT line and 33.3% from three-point range… Converted 11 of her final 23 trey attempts, following a 1-for-13 start… Tallied 20+ points on five occasions, pushing her club-record career total to 101 such games, and was Minnesota’s top scorer five times… Sank the game-winning basket as time expired on Aug. 5 at Indiana, her first career buzzer-beater… Hauled in a season-best eight rebounds July 31 vs. Phoenix; she dished a season-high six assists July 25 vs. San Antonio, one of three times she led… Selected for the 2014 WNBA All-Star Game, held July 19 in Phoenix, but did not play due to injury… Tallied a game- and season-high 26 points June 8 at Los Angeles… Led all scorers with 25 points June 1 at San Antonio; she averaged 19.9 ppg (on 55.6% shooting) during Minnesota’s season-opening seven-game winning streak… Overtook Katie Smith (496) for 2nd place on the Lynx’ all-time assist chart May 23 at Tulsa, and dished her 500th career assist May 30 at Chicago… Sank the game-tying FG with :02.3 left in regulation May 18 vs. Connecticut; the minute total (41:37) is her high since 2010. 2013: Averaged 16.3 ppg and shot a career-best 51.6% from the floor… Started 31 games, missing three (July 9-13) due to a sprained left ankle suffered July 7 vs. Phoenix… Ranked 9th in the WNBA in scoring, 7th in FG accuracy and 8th in FT accuracy (87.9%) while logging 29.7 mpg… Shot a career-low 29.0% from three-point range, but converted 35.1% (13-for-37) from beyond the arc in her final 16 contests after a 7-for-32 (21.9%) start… Tallied 20+ points on eight occasions, pushing her club-record career total to 96 such outings, and was Minnesota’s top scorer six times… Her nine FT attempts Sept. 12 at Los Angeles were a season high, and her most in a road game since July 24, 2008 at Indiana… Grabbed a season-high eight rebounds Aug. 27 at New York; she pulled in 6+ boards five times in August… Dished a season-high six assists Aug. 22 at Connecticut, one of five times she’s led; her 2.5 apg this year is the second-best of her career (2.7 in 2008)… Scored the 4000th point of her WNBA career Aug. 16 vs. Tulsa, becoming the 19th player in league history to do so; only Diana Taurasi, Cappie Pondexter and Lauren Jackson required fewer games to reach that mark… Finished with a season-high 29 points in that Aug. 16 vs. Tulsa; she had a team-best 26 points and six assists (in a season-high 39:20) Aug. 11 at Chicago… Started the 2013 WNBA All-Star Game on July 27 in Connecticut, scoring 12 points… Matched her career best with three blocks June 14 at Tulsa; her 27 FG attempts June 8 at Washington were one short of her career high. 2012: Played in 29 games, missing two (June 6-9) due to a strained right quadriceps and three more (Sept. 9-14) with a sprained right foot… Ranked 9th in the league in scoring (16.6 ppg), 27th in assists (2.5 apg) and among the top 15 in all three shooting categories — 13th in FG accuracy (49.1%), 4th in three-point accuracy (a career-best 43.7%) and 11th in FT accuracy (85.2%) — while logging a career-low 28.5 mpg… Her 45 treys made are also a career high; she ran her string of consecutive made three-pointers to eight June 27 vs. Phoenix, one shy of the WNBA record… Closed the year by making 20 consecutive free throws (and 35 of her final 37), but dipped to 39.0% (46-for-118) from the floor over her last eight contests… The Sept. 17 win vs. Indiana halted her run of double-figure scoring nights at 29 games… Drilled a career-high six three-pointers Sept. 4 vs. Los Angeles, part of a game-high 23-point performance; it was her franchise-record 88th career 20+ outing (8th this year, with Minnesota going 8-0)… Moved past Katie Smith (3605) into 1st place on the Lynx’ career scoring list in the Sept. 4 game, as well, ending the season with 3684 points… Her nine rebounds Aug. 31 vs. Tulsa tied a career best… Tallied a game-high 23 points Aug. 25 at Atlanta, one of 13 times she was the Lynx’ leading scorer… Totaled a season-high 26 points June 21 vs. New York, adding seven rebounds and a season-best eight assists; the latter figure is her high since dealing nine vs. New York on June 24, 2008… Collected a game-high 25 points and a season-high three steals May 24 vs. Los Angeles. 2011: Started all 34 games for the first time since 2007 (third total)… Again led the Lynx in scoring, averaging 16.2 ppg to rank 8th in the WNBA, while logging a team-high 29.3 mpg (18th in the league)… Also placed among the top 12 in all three shooting categories — FG accuracy (50.4%, 12th), three-point accuracy (41.7%, 9th) and FT accuracy (86.5%, 10th) — to become only the third player in league history to post a 50/40/85 season (Lauren Jackson, 2007; Penny Taylor, 2010)… Named Western Conference Player of the  Month for July, the first such honor of her career; she tallied 19.0 ppg (54.9%) and 3.6 rpg in eight July outings… Earned Western Conference Player of the Week recognition three times (July 25, Aug. 8, Aug. 29), hiking her career total to seven… Was Minnesota’s leading scorer on 17 occasions, reaching double figures 30 times… Went over the 3000-point mark Aug. 9 at Phoenix, doing so in her 151st WNBA game to tie Diana Taurasi for the fastest ever to 3000… Finished with a season-high 26 points in that Phoenix game, one of nine 20+ efforts… Collected nine points and three assists in the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game, held July 23 in San Antonio. 2010: Averaged 16.9 ppg (ranking 8th in the WNBA) but shot a career-low 42.9% from the floor… Started the final 25 games, having missed the first nine after undergoing abdominal surgery on Apr. 24; Minnesota went 11-14 with her in the lineup, following a 2-7 start… Ranked 3rd in the league in minutes played (33.3 mpg) and 32nd in three-point accuracy (33.6%)… Tallied 20+ points on 10 occasions (the Lynx were 8-2)… Made her 1000th career FG on Aug. 10 at San Antonio… Scored the 2500th point of her career Aug. 1 vs. Seattle, reaching that mark in her 120th career game; only Cynthia Cooper (117) required fewer contests… Tallied 36 points July 24 vs. Phoenix, her lone 30+ effort of the year and the 13th of her career; Katie Smith held the previous club record with 12… Matched her career high with five treys July 24 vs. Phoenix (also June 18 vs. Tulsa)… Named the WNBA’s Western Conference Player of the Week for June 14-20… 2009: Saw her fourth WNBA campaign cut short after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee June 17 at Phoenix… She underwent surgery on July 7, and was sidelined for the final 28 games… Appeared in six games prior to the injury, averaging 21.0 ppg and 4.2 rpg while shooting a blistering 57.0% from the floor — including 64.3% (9-for-14) from three-point range — and 90.5% from the FT line in 29.7 mpg… Named a member of USA Basketball’s 2009-12 Women’s National Team on Aug. 17… Racked up a pair of 30-point nights (June 10 vs. Los Angeles, June 16 at Sacramento), boosting her career tally to 12 games with 30+ and matching Katie Smith’s franchise record in that category… Named the Western Conference Player of the Week on June 15, the third such honor of her career… 2008: Ranked as the WNBA’s 3rd-leading scorer at 19.1 ppg… Started all 31 of her appearances, missing the first game of her WNBA career when a sprained toe on her right foot sidelined her June 28 at San Antonio… Also missed the season’s final two games (Sept. 12-14) after sustaining a mild concussion Sept. 9 vs. Indiana… Left that contest in the first quarter, snapping her streak of 88 consecutive double-figure scoring nights, the second-longest such run in WNBA history (Cynthia Cooper, 92)… Scored her 2000th career point July 27 vs. Los Angeles, reaching the mark in her 93rd contest; only Cooper (90) accomplished that feat in fewer games… Earned Western Conference Player of the Week honors on June 2, her second career award… Was Minnesota’s top scorer 19 times, with 15 games of 20+ points and nine of 25+, and also led in assists on seven occasions… Poured in a season-high 30 points July 19 at San Antonio, her 10th career 30+ night; she sank 11 straight FG attempts during the game, one short of her own franchise record… 2007: Started all 34 games, ranking 2nd (behind only Lauren Jackson) in scoring at 22.6 ppg; her 769 total points surpassed her own franchise record (744 in 2006) and marked the second-highest total in league annals (Diana Taurasi 860, 2006)… Earned Second Team All-WNBA honors and finished eighth in the league’s Most Valuable Player balloting… Became the first player since 1997 (Cynthia Cooper and Eva Nemcova) to finish among the league’s top 10 in scoring and all three shooting categories — 4th in FG accuracy (50.8%), 5th in three-point accuracy (41.9%) and 7th in FT accuracy (87.3%)… Tallied 20+ a club-record 23 times, breaking Katie Smith’s previous mark (21 in 2001)… Erupted for a career-high 39 points July 29 at Sacramento, her third 30+ effort of the season and equaling the 9th-best single-game total in WNBA history; the 16 FGM also broke the club record she shared with Smith… Contributed eight points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in the 2007 WNBA All-Star Game, played July 15 in Washington, D.C.… Scored her 1000th career point June 16 vs. Los Angeles (doing so in her 46th game), and crossed the 1500-point plateau in the Aug. 19 finale vs. San Antonio… Set a WNBA single-game record for FG accuracy with her 11-for-11 effort June 8 at L.A… 2006: Capped off her first season in Minnesota by garnering Rookie of the Year honors and being named to the All-WNBA Second Team… Started all 34 games, tallying 21.9 ppg; she ranked 2nd in the league in scoring, becoming one of just 10 players in WNBA history to  average 20+ ppg over a season… Broke Katie Smith’s franchise single-season scoring record (739 points, 2001) in the Aug. 13 finale at Los Angeles… Also set club records for FGs made (283) and attempted (620)… Was Minnesota’s top scorer 27 times, tallying 20+ points on 20 occasions… Registered six games with 30 or more, making her the third player in WNBA history to accomplish that feat (Taurasi, Cynthia Cooper)… Scored a season-high 32 points (including a franchise-record 17 in the 3rd quarter) July 30 at New York; she also tallied 32 points vs. San Antonio (July 9), vs. Phoenix (June 18) and vs. Seattle (June 14)… Was the Western Conference’s top scorer with 16 points in the 2006 WNBA All-Star Game, held July 12 in New York…Her 28 FGAs June 24 vs. New York are a club single-game high, eclipsing her own mark (26 vs. Seattle, June 14)… Named WNBA Player of the Week on June 5, the first Minnesota player to be honored since Smith.

PLAYOFFS

2017: Started all eight postseason games, averaging 13.9 ppg (49.0%), 4.8 rpg and 3.5 apg to help the Lynx claim their fourth WNBA championship… Tied a playoff career high with eight rebounds twice in the Finals vs. Los Angeles (Game 1 on Sept. 24, Game 4 on Oct. 1)… Scored a game-high 24 points in the series-opening win vs. Washington on Sept. 12… 2016: Started all eight playoff games, averaging 11.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 3.3 apg… 2015: Started all 10 playoff games, averaging 12.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg and 2.5 apg en route to the Lynx’ third WNBA Championship… 2014: Averaged 18.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 2.4 apg in five games… 2013: Started all seven playoff games to help Minnesota to its second WNBA Championship… Averaged 17.4 ppg and 3.9 rpg in 32.0 mpg… 2012: Averaged 17.9 ppg and 5.0 rpg in 35.0 mpg while leading the Lynx to a second consecutive WNBA Finals appearance… 2011: In her first career postseason appearance, led the Lynx to the first WNBA Championship in franchise history, averaging a team-best 22.0 ppg in eight postseason games… Was named WNBA Finals MVP after averaging 24.7 ppg as the Lynx swept Atlanta to win the championship… Scored a then-club postseason record 36 points on 11-of-14 shooting in Game 2 of the Finals.

INTERNATIONAL

2016: Earned her third Olympic gold medal with Team USA on Aug. 20 in Rio de Janeiro; she averaged 6.8 ppg (56.3%), 3.3 rpg and 3.3 apg in eight games… 2014: Earned gold at the 2014 FIBA World Championship, averaging 9.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 1.7 apg… 2012: Won gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London; she averaged 7.8 ppg (43.1%) and 2.5 rpg in eight contests for Team USA… 2010: Trained with the USA Basketball Women’s National Team in preparation for the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women, but did not make the final roster… 2008: A member of the gold medal-winning Team USA at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China where she averaged 7.9 ppg (.466 percent), 2.3 rpg and 1.4 apg in eight appearances (17.8 mpg)… 2007: Won a gold medal at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship in Chile, tallying 10.6 ppg (57.1%) and 2.2 rpg in five appearances… 2006: Earned a bronze medal at the 2006 FIBA World Championships in São Paulo, Brazil, scoring 4.8 ppg (51.6%) in eight contests… 2005: Member of USA Basketball’s gold-medal-winning 2005 World University Games squad (held in Izmir, Turkey)… 2003: A member of the 2003 United States World Championship for Young Women Gold Medal team… Named the tournament MVP after averaging 10.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 2.4 spg.

OVERSEAS

2015-16: Returned for her third consecutive season with Dynamo Kursk in Russia, averaging 9.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.1 in 13 Premier League games… Played in 12 EuroLeague games, averaging 10.3 points, 3.3 assists and 3.2 rebounds… 2014-15: Returned to Dynamo Kursk in Russia, averaging 13.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 18 Premier League games… Played 17 EuroLeague games, averaging 13.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game… 2013-14: Played for Dynamo Kursk, averaging 14.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 22 Premier League games… Appeared in 12 EuroCup games, averaging 14.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game… 2012-13: Played with Sparta&K Moscow Region for the second straight season, averaging 14.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 25 Premier League games… Appeared in 15 EuroLeague games, averaging 13.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game… 2011-12: Played for Sparta&K Moscow Region in the Russian League… Appeared in 19 EuroLeague games with Sparta&K, averaging 16.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game… Led Sparta&K to a 6th place finish in EuroLeague play…Appeared in 26 games during Russian League play… Averaged 13.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game…Led Sparta&K to a second place finish in Russian League play… 2010-11: Returned to Galatasaray… In 12 EuroLeague games, averaged 13.8 points and 3.1 rebounds per game… Played in 34 games in the Turkish League, averaging 14.5 points per game while shooting 49.0 percent from the floor… 2009-10: Did not play overseas in order to rehabilitate a knee injury suffered during the 2009 WNBA season… 2008-09: Appeared in 41 games for Istanbul-based Galatasaray… In 26 games in the Turkish League, averaged 16.2 ppg and 4.1 rpg while shooting 51.0 percent from the floor… Led Galatasaray to the EuroCup Championship, averaging 20.0 ppg and 4.6 rpg in 15 games… Named EuroCup Player of the Year for her efforts… 2007-08: Played for Dynamo Moscow in the Superleague and EuroLeague, posting 16.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 2.1 apg in 11 EuroLeague contests while shooting 49.4% from the floor and 15.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 1.9 apg while shooting 50.9% in 17 Superleague games… 2006-07: Played for Dynamo Moscow in the Superleague and EuroCup, tallying 13.6 ppg and 3.7 rpg while  shooting 54.6% from the floor and 40.3% from long range in 39 outings … Sparked Dynamo to the EuroCup championship on Apr. 11, as well as a second-place finish in the Russian Superleague’s regular season.

COLLEGE

Became the first female athlete at LSU to have jersey retired when on Jan. 24, 2010, the program hung her #33 jersey from the rafters of the Maravich Center, joining the likes of Pete Maravich, Bob Pettit, Rudy Macklin and Shaquille O’Neal… Scored 10+ points in 132 of 140 career games (the most in NCAA history), including a school-record 97 straight games… Ended her career at LSU as the school’s 2nd-leading scorer (5th in the SEC) all time with 2,702 points… 2005-06: Named the National Player of the Year by the Associated Press… Won the State Farm Wade Trophy, the Naismith Award and the John R. Wooden Award as the nation’s top player… Named first-team All-American by the AP, the USBWA and the Wooden Award, and earned Kodak All-America honors for the third straight year… Received the Senior C.L.A.S.S. Award… Named the SEC Player of the Year and earned first-team All-SEC honors by the coaches and the A.P…. Finished the season as the NCAA scoring leader with 22.7 ppg… Joined the 2006 USA Basketball Women’s Senior National Team at the Opals World Challenge in Australia following the WNBA Draft… 2004-05: Won the State Farm Wade Trophy, the Naismith Award and the John R. Wooden Women’s Award as the nation’s top player… Named National Player of the Year by the USBWA and the A.P…. Named the 2004-05 Honda Sports Award winner for basketball… Received the Victor Award as the top female collegiate basketball player… Earned WBCA/Kodak All-America for the second straight year, and was a first-team All-America selection by the Wooden Award, the USBWA and the A.P…. Named SEC Player of the Year by the coaches and the A.P…. A unanimous first-team All-SEC selection by the coaches and the AP… Finished the year ranked 2nd in the SEC (10th in the NCAA) in scoring (20.1 ppg), 6th in FG percentage (.539) and 2nd in FT percentage (.869)… 2003-04: Named Kodak All-American by the WBCA and third-team All-American by the A.P…. Named first-team All-SEC by the coaches and the A.P…. Named the USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year… Ranked 4th in points in a season by a sophomore with 679 (19.4 ppg)… Became the 23rd player in school history to reach 1,000 career points and the eighth to accomplish the feat in two seasons on Feb. 26 vs. Mississippi… 2002-03: Named the National Freshman of the Year by the USBWA, Basketball Times, www.WOMENSCOLLEGEHOOPS.com and Gballmag.com… SEC Freshman of the Year by both the coaches and the A.P…. Second-Team All-American by Basketball Times… Her 88.8% FT percentage was the best single-season mark in school history.

PERSONAL

Born Apr. 30, 1984, in Baton Rouge, La…. The daughter of Kim and Seymore Augustus… Ranked 6th among 214 student in the senior class at Capitol H.S. in Baton Rouge, carrying a 3.71 GPA in accelerated classes… Volunteered at the Gus Young Center in Baton Rouge… Received the “Community Service Award” during the 2001 NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet… Enjoys video games, fashion and classic cars, including Chevy Impalas from the 1960s… Named Star Tribune’s Sportsperson of the Year for 2011 after leading the Lynx to their first championship in franchise history.

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