BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU coach Pokey Chatman -- in her first season with the Lady Tigers -- was named Southeastern Conference coach of the year by a vote of the league's coaches.
Chatman seemed more excited about the honors her players won, including Seimone Augustus, who was selected as the SEC player of the year.
"I like the way the honors come about for Seimone,'' Chatman said. "When she can receive such an honor on this team, in this conference, against our schedule with so many other talented players around her, just speaks volumes.''
Freshman Sylvia Fowles was named the league's 6th Woman of the Year. She and former Southern Lab star Quianna Chaney were among nine players named to the league's All-Freshman Team.
Point guard Temeka Johnson joins Augustus on the All-SEC First Team. Fowles made the second team, and lost out on Freshman of the Year honors to Georgia's Tasha Humphrey.
Chatman guided the Lady Tigers to a 27-1 overall record and led LSU to a perfect 14-0 conference record and the program's first regular season SEC title. She is the first first-year head coach to receive the award in the SEC.
"Obviously we have done good job of recruiting and that helps and these kids have done a good job of accepting our leadership,'' Chatman said. "I understand that I am the leadership of this program, but I give the kids a lot of credit and I give the staff a lot of credit.''
Augustus was one of four unanimous selections on the eight-player first team.
"There are a lot of players deserving of this around the league,'' said Augustus, second in the SEC averaging 20.0 points per game, 19.6 in conference play. "Fortunately, I'm the one who got it. I understand what you have to bring each night.''
No. 1-seeded LSU will play in the SEC tournament at noon Friday against the winner of the first-round game between No. 8-seeded Florida (14-13, 5-9) and No. 9 Alabama (13-14, 4-10).
A complete look at the honorees:
First TeamSecond Team
Natasha Brackett, Auburn
*Tasha Humphrey, Georgia
*Seimone Augustus, LSU
Temeka Johnson, LSU
Armintie Price, Ole Miss
*Tan White, Mississippi State
Shyra Ely, Tennessee
*Ashley Earley, Vanderbilt
Monique Bivins, Alabama
Bernice Mosby, Florida
Sara Potts, Kentucky
Sylvia Fowles, LSU
Amber Watts, Ole Miss
Shanna Zolman, Tennessee
Carla Thomas, Vanderbilt
Dee Davis, Vanderbilt All-Freshman Team
Alexis Ogubie, Auburn
Megan Darrah, Georgia
*Tasha Humphrey, Georgia
Sarah Elliott, Kentucky
Samantha Mahoney, Kentucky
Quianna Chaney, LSU
*Sylvia Fowles, LSU
*Alexis Hornbuckle, Tennessee
*Nikki Anosike, Tennessee Coach of the Year: Pokey Chatman, LSU Player of the Year: Seimone Augustus, LSU Freshman of the Year: Tasha Humphrey, Georgia Defensive Player of the Year: Armintie Price, Ole Miss 6th Woman of the Year: Sylvia Fowles, LSU Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Sarah Pfeifer, Arkansas
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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