Two of LSU’s most decorated women’s basketball players ever are heading back to the Olympics for the third time.
Former Lady Tiger All-Americans Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles have been selected for the 2016 U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team, USA Basketball announced Wednesday.
Members of this year’s team were revealed on NBC’s “Today” show Wednesday morning. Wednesday marked 100 days until the opening ceremonies of this year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Augustus, a former standout at Capitol High School, and Fowles, a native of Miami, both helped the United States win gold in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London games.
Augustus and Fowles are also teammates with the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx. The Lynx won the 2015 WNBA title, with Fowles being named finals MVP.
Augustus, who turns 32 on Saturday, was a three-time All-American at LSU and two-time national player of the year, leading the Lady Tigers to Final Four appearances in 2004, 2005 and 2006. LSU retired Augustus’ No. 33 jersey in 2010.
“To get one (opportunity to participate in the Olympics) is awesome but to get three and to have the opportunity to win three gold medals is like putting it up there with some of the greatest women’s basketball players ever,” Augustus said. “So, I’m just thankful that I’m in the position of being on the team again, and I get a run at another gold medal.”
Fowles, 30, played in the Final Four all four seasons at LSU (2005-08) and was also a three-time All-American.
“I feel blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of the team for my third Olympics,” Fowles said. “Actually when I got the call, I missed Carrol’s (Callan, chair of USA Basketball’s women’s selction committee) call at first, so I didn’t know what the call was going to be about.
“After getting out of practice and listening to the things that she had to say, I was so happy. She told me congratulations, and my heart just sank to my stomach with joy. I am just happy to be part of this 2016 Olympic team.”
Connecticut has five former players on this year’s Olympic team, which will again be coached by UConn’s Gino Auriemma. LSU is the only other school with more than one player.
The U.S. is going for a record sixth consecutive gold medal in women’s basketball dating back to the 1996 Atlanta games.
The Olympics open Aug. 5 and competition runs through Aug. 21.