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LSU's Augustus leads All-America selections

Seimone Augustus plays with dazzling skill, a crowd-pleasing flair and, according to her coach, plenty of smarts.

With that combination, it's no wonder the LSU star was a unanimous All-American.

Augustus led the Associated Press women's basketball All-America team, announced yesterday. She was the only player picked for the first team by all 45 members of the national media panel.

"People marvel at her mid-range jumper. I marvel at the fact she's always wide open when the opposition has practiced all week to stop her," LSU coach Pokey Chatman said.

Augustus, a 6-foot-1-inch junior, received the maximum 225 points in the voting and was joined on the first team by Kansas State's Kendra Wecker (192), Duke's Monique Currie (180), Ohio State's Jessica Davenport (163), and TCU's Sandora Irvin (153).

Temeka Johnson, LSU's 5-3 point guard, was a second-team pick along with Baylor's Sophia Young, Minnesota's Janel McCarville, Stanford freshman Candice Wiggins, and Mississippi State's Tan White.

The third team was Notre Dame's Jacqueline Batteast, North Carolina's Ivory Latta, Texas' Tiffany Jackson, DePaul's Khara Smith, Penn State's Tanisha Wright, and Baylor's Steffanie Blackmon.

Jessalyn Deveny of Boston College, and UConn's Ann Strother and Barbara Turner were honorable mention.

Mosby finished at Florida

Florida forward Bernice Mosby will not return to the Gators next season after the school granted the junior a release from her scholarship that will allow her to transfer. "This has been the hardest decision I've ever had to make as a coach," Carolyn Peck said.

The team's leading scorer and rebounder, the 6-1 Mosby was benched against Georgia Feb. 24 for violating team rules then sat out the final three games for what Peck described as "personal matters."

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