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LSU senior Augustus named SEC's best again
By wire services
Published March 15, 2006
ATLANTA - Seimone Augustus keeps piling up the awards. The only thing she has left to do before leaving LSU is take her team to a national championship.
Augustus was a unanimous player of the year on the Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference team released Tuesday, the second straight year she has claimed that honor.
Mickie DeMoss, who guided Kentucky to its first NCAA Tournament since 1999, was named coach of the year. Tennessee freshman Candace Parker was named newcomer of the year on all ballots.
Augustus and teammate Sylvia Fowles were the only unanimous selections to the first team. They were joined by Georgia's Tasha Humphrey and Sherill Baker and Mississippi's Armintie Price.
Augustus, a 6-foot-1 senior guard, led the conference with 23 points per game and was fifth in field-goal percentage (57.8), sixth in free-throw percentage (81) and eighth in minutes (32.8 a game).
"This is a tremendous honor for me, but I can't take credit alone," she said. "My teammates deserve this just as much as I do. They make me a better player."
READY FOR HER CLOSEUP: Freshman Courtney Paris is hard to overlook, given the stellar season she has had at Oklahoma.
Even before Monday night's NCAA Tournament selection show started, highlights of Paris were part of the tease to get viewers interested. Once it started, her image kept popping up during the telecast and commercials.
When Oklahoma earned the No. 2 seed, ESPN turned to the 6-4 center for reaction.
Entering the tournament, Paris needs 38 rebounds to set the NCAA season record. With three, she would become the first player ever with 700 points, 500 rebounds and 100 blocks in a season.
"I've never had a freshman like Courtney Paris, and I'm not sure there's ever been a freshman like Courtney Paris," coach Sherri Coale said.
So far, Paris is enjoying the spotlight, though she admits it has been a bit of a whirlwind.
"Every time where there's that second where you can sit down and be excited about something, you're on to the next great adventure," she said. "I'm pretty sure at the end of my year, I'll look back and be like, "Wow! How cool was this?' "
BELL RINGER: St. John's coach Kim Barnes Arico is scheduled to ring the opening bell at the New York Board of Trade this morning.
Barnes Arico, recently named Big East coach of the year, will be joined by Red Storm players Greeba Barlow, Danielle Chambers and Dana Petersen.
The Red Storm will make their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1988.
NORTHEASTERN: Coach Willette White resigned after six seasons. White was 64-109 with the Huskies, 8-21 this season.
OHIO: Lynn Bria resigned as coach after seven seasons without a winning record. The Bobcats finished 9-20 this season and were 77-123 overall under Bria.