BATON ROUGE – Four former LSU women’s basketball standouts – Seimone Augustus, Sylvia Fowles, Allison Hightower and Temeka Johnson – begin the 2013 WNBA season this weekend.
LSU ranks second in the Southeastern Conference with four former players on WNBA rosters behind Tennessee’s league-leading eight.
Augustus, a three-time WNBA All-Star, begins her eighth season with the Minnesota Lynx. Last season, she ranked ninth in the league in scoring with 16.9 points per game and she became the Lynx’ all-time leading scorer with 3,684 points. A 2012 first-team All-WNBA selection, the former two-time NCAA National Player of the Year is fourth in WNBA history with 19.1 career points per game.
Augustus and the Lynx seek to return to the WNBA Finals for a third straight year.
Fowles enters her sixth WNBA season with the Chicago Sky after ranking in the league’s top five in 16 different categories a year ago. The former All-American center at LSU, Fowles led the WNBA in field goal percentage (60.0), ranked second in double-doubles (15), and she was second in rebounds per game (10.4).
Fowles and the Sky open the season against league favorite Phoenix in a nationally televised broadcast on ESPN2 at 4 p.m. CT Monday.
Johnson, a veteran in the WNBA ranks, begins her ninth season and joins her fifth different team. The point guard was signed by the Seattle Storm earlier this year after producing the highest scoring output of her career with 12.2 points per game for Tulsa last season. Johnson has accumulated 1,023 assists in eight seasons.
Hightower is poised for a breakout season in her fourth year with the Connecticut Sun. She put up 6.8 points per game last year and made 29 starts.