BATON ROUGE -- Former LSU All-American Seimone Augustus heads into to her third consecutive WNBA Finals appearance on Sunday night when the Minnesota Lynx hosts the Atlanta Dream at 7:30 p.m. CT live on ESPN.
This year’s finals is a rematch of the 2011 finals series when the Lynx swept the Dream and Augustus became the third former Lady Tiger to win a WNBA championship and the first to be named WNBA Finals MVP.
Augustus said although both teams are different from 2011, but she is hopeful for a similar outcome.
“It’s just two totally different teams at this point,” Augustus said. “It’s going to be competitive, but a totally different experience from 2011. Hopefully we come out with the same outcome of winning the championship.”
Augustus said she represents LSU through her achievements whether it is in the WNBA, overseas or in the Olympic games.
“You definitely need to have some pride about being able to represent Louisiana, Baton Rouge, LSU and everyone who’s ever supported you up to this point,” she said.
Former LSU standout and current WNBA star Sylvia Fowles was named WNBA Defensive Player of the Year for the 2013 season. Fowles, who is Augustus’ former teammate and close friend, also won the award in 2011.
Fowles, a center for the Chicago Sky, finished the 2013 season with the fourth-best rebound per game ranking in WNBA history and ties for third all-time career double-double performance in league history.
Before each season, Augustus and Fowles set goals for each other. Over the years, Augustus’ focus for Fowles has been to “blossom into the best post player in the WNBA.” Augustus said she’s happy for Fowles’ accomplishments, and the DPOW honor caps off a ‘breakout’ year for the Sky center.
“This year shined some light on what I been seeing [from Fowles] since I was at LSU,” Augustus said. “And what everybody else who was a part of the Tiger family has been seeing – the great things she can do on both ends of the court.”
Augustus said she and Fowles both have a lot of pride representing the Lady Tigers in the league.
“We always say ‘Let’s do it for the Tigers,’” Augustus said. “’Let’s go out here and represent’ because most of the players out here are from UCONN and Tennessee. So we try to take pride in what we do for the Tigers.”