DULUTH, Ga. – For the second time in her career, LSU women’s basketball legend Seimone Augustus is a WNBA champion as the Minnesota Lynx completed a sweep of the Atlanta Dream in the WNBA Finals by a score of 86-77 on Thursday night.
Augustus combined for 53 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in the three games, and she had 14 points in the series clincher. The victory avenged last year’s WNBA Finals loss to the Indiana Fever in four games.
“It’s very hard to get back here,'' said Augustus, the 2011 finals MVP. “Look at what Washington did this year, what Chicago did this year. We're just lucky to be in this position, and we're willing to sacrifice some parts of their game to make this team better.”
Augustus’ triumph becomes the sixth WNBA title won by a former LSU player. She is also the first player since Elaine Powell to claim multiple WNBA championships as the Lynx won the league in 2011.
Augustus finished her eighth WNBA season averaging 16.9 points per game and ranking second in the league in field goal percentage at 60.0 percent. Her 18.7 career point per game average is sixth in WNBA history.
Augustus was the most decorated player in LSU history, becoming a two-time National Player of the Year and a three-time first-team All-American. A 2006 graduate of LSU, Augustus became the first woman in LSU Athletics history to have her jersey retired in January 2010. The Baton Rouge native is also a two-time United States Olympic gold medalist.
LSU WNBA Player Champions
Year, Player, Team
2003, Elaine Powell, Detroit Shock
2006, Elaine Powell, Detroit Shock
2008, Elaine Powell, Detroit Shock
2009, Temeka Johnson, Phoenix Mercury
2011, Seimone Augustus, Minnesota Lynx
2013, Seimone Augustus, Minnesota Lynx