BOSTON – Simone Augustus brings a double-dose of offense and the smoothest pull-up jumper in the game. Sylvia Hatchell tries to make the game fun, yet still finds a way to win.
Both have succeeded in a big way and Saturday received the top women’s basketball awards from The Associated Press.
Augustus, LSU’s 6-foot-1 senior, was voted the player of the year for the second straight season, making her the second repeat winner in the award’s 12-year history. Chamique Holdsclaw of Tennessee won in 1998 and 1999.
Hatchell, who guided North Carolina to the program’s first No. 1 ranking, was voted coach of the year and received her award amid great fanfare, with the school’s pep band and cheerleaders.
Both winners have led their team to today’s Final Four.
Augustus was the only unanimous All-American this season and leads the nation in scoring at 23 points a game. She edged UNC’s Ivory Latta 18-17 in the voting by the 46-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25.