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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 five-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 three 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]

 

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]

 

 

011–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 newly acquired rookie Maya Moore. Augustus led the team in scoring and served as the team’s lead defender as the Lynx rolled to the best record in the WNBA and team history.[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.

 

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 and 2012 Summer Olympics.

Augustus was invited to the USA Basketball Women’s National Team training camp in the fall of 2009.[20] 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.[20] While Augustus did not go to the World Championship, she was chosen for her second Olympic tournament.[21] 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. [22]

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.[23] Augustus is openly lesbian.[24] She became engaged to LaTaya Varner in 2010[25] and married her in Hawaii in 2015.[26] Augustus is the cousin of former Mississippi State power forward, Kodi Augustus.[27]

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