Five Earn Spots on WNBA Opening Day Rosters
BATON ROUGE – The LSU women's basketball program has five of its former standouts which include Seimone Augustus, Sylvia Fowles, Allison Hightower, Temeka Johnson and Theresa Plaisance start the 2014 WNBA season over the weekend.
In total, there are 25 former SEC players on opening day rosters across the league. LSU has registered the second-highest total in the SEC only behind Tennessee's league-leading eight.
Augustus, a four-time WNBA All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist, heads into her ninth season with the Minnesota Lynx. She has racked up 4,188 career points for an 18.7 per game average and amassed 88 performances of over 20-plus points during her career. As a five-time All-WNBA selection, Augustus and the Lynx have won two of the last three WNBA championships and appeared in three consecutive WNBA Finals.
Fowles, the reigning WNBA Defensive Player of the Year and two-time Olympic gold medalist, embarks on her seventh season with the Chicago Sky. She has posted 16.0 points and 9.8 rebounds per game over her pro career. The 9.8 rebounding average is second-best inside the WNBA record book. Fowles has garnered four WNBA All-Star nods and collected the fourth-most double-doubles in WNBA history.
Hightower moves into her fifth season with the Connecticut Sun. She established single-season career highs in nine statistical categories which included 12.8 points per game on a 42.4 percent shooting clip. Hightower secured WNBA All-Star status for the first time in her career during the 2013 season but missed the final 13 games with a knee injury.
Johnson heads into her 10th overall WNBA season and second with the Seattle Storm. She has dished out over four assists per game in seven of her first nine seasons, while her 1,150 career assists are 12th all-time in WNBA history. Johnson, a 2009 WNBA champion with the Phoenix Mercury, has come away with double figure points in each of her last two seasons.
Plaisance begins her rookie campaign after being a two-time All-SEC First-Team honoree and the 27th pick of the Tulsa Shock in the 2014 WNBA Draft. She notched 15.3 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game as the Lady Tigers made their second straight run to the NCAA Sweet 16.
LSU has secured three consecutive 20-plus win seasons and three NCAA Tournament appearances under Caldwell. The Lady Tigers were ranked No. 24 in the season-ending edition of the USA Today Top 25 Coaches poll. The last time LSU was ranked during back-to-back seasons was the program's 2007 and 2008 NCAA Final Four campaigns.
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2014 LSU WNBA Players
Seimone Augustus – Minnesota Lynx
Sylvia Fowles – Chicago Sky
Allison Hightower – Connecticut Sun
Temeka Johnson – Seattle Storm
Theresa Plaisance – Tulsa Shock
2014 WNBA Notable Nationally Televised Regular Season Games
Date, Game, Time (CT), Network
Saturday, May 17, Chicago at New York, 7 p.m., ESPN2
Saturday, May 24, Atlanta at Chicago, 7 p.m., NBA-TV
Monday, May 26, Minnesota at Chicago, 2:30 p.m., ESPN2
Friday, May 30, Connecticut at Chicago, 7:30 p.m., NBA-TV
Friday, June 6, Minnesota at Seattle, 9 p.m., NBA-TV
Sunday, June 15, Phoenix at Minnesota, 12 p.m., ESPN2
Sunday, June 22, Tulsa at Chicago, 12 p.m., ESPN2
Sunday, June 22, Washington at Seattle, 8 p.m., NBA-TV
Tuesday, June 24, Seattle at Los Angeles, 2:30 p.m., NBA-TV
Sunday, June 29, Connecticut at New York, 2 p.m., NBA-TV
Tuesday, July 1, Chicago at Los Angeles, 9 p.m., ESPN2
Saturday, July 5, Chicago at Seattle, 9 p.m., NBA-TV
Sunday, July 6, Minnesota at New York, 1 p.m., ESPN2
Tuesday, July 8, Connecticut at Atlanta, 6 p.m., ESPN2
Tuesday, July 8, Los Angeles at Minnesota, 8 p.m., ESPN2
Sunday, July 13, Seattle at Minnesota, 2 p.m., ESPN2
Tuesday, July 22, Atlanta at Minnesota, 7 p.m., NBA-TV
Tuesday, July 22, Indiana at Chicago, 7 p.m., ESPN2
Tuesday, July 22, Phoenix at Seattle, 9 p.m., ESPN2
Wednesday, July 23, Connecticut at Washington, 10:30 a.m., NBA-TV
Friday, July 25, Tulsa at Washington, 6 p.m., NBA-TV
Saturday, July 26, Los Angeles at Seattle, 3 p.m., NBA-TV
Tuesday, July 29, Connecticut at Atlanta, 11 a.m., NBA-TV
Tuesday, July 29, Chicago at San Antonio, 7 p.m., ESPN2
Thursday, July 31, New York at Chicago, 7 p.m., NBA-TV
Thursday, July 31, Indiana at Seattle, 9 p.m., NBA-TV
Sunday, August 3, Connecticut at Los Angeles, 2:30 p.m., NBA-TV
Sunday, August 3, Washington at Chicago, 5 p.m., NBA-TV
Sunday, August 3, San Antonio at Seattle, 8 p.m., NBA-TV
Tuesday, August 5, Tulsa at Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m., NBA-TV
Thursday, August 7, Chicago at Minnesota, 6 p.m., ESPN2
Sunday, August 10, Atlanta at Chicago, 5 p.m., NBA-TV
Sunday, August 10, Tulsa at Seattle, 8 p.m., NBA-TV
Tuesday, August 12, Los Angeles at Minnesota, 7 p.m., NBA-TV
Wednesday, August 13, Chicago at Washington, 10:30 a.m., NBA-TV
Friday, August 15, Minnesota at San Antonio, 7 p.m., NBA-TV
Friday, August 15, Seattle at Los Angeles, 9 p.m., NBA-TV
Saturday, August 16, Tulsa at Minnesota, 7 p.m., NBA-TV
Sunday, August 17, Phoenix at Seattle, 8 p.m., NBA-TV