Winner will be named on June 29 in New York

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU basketball player Seimone Augustus is one of five finalists for the 2005 Collegiate Women Athlete of the Year award, the Collegiate Women's Sports Awards announced Monday.

The winner will be named June 29 in New York.

Augustus, who was the consensus National Player of the Year in women's basketball this past season, is joined by Auburn swimmer Kirsty Coventry, UCLA sprinter Monique Henderson, Stanford volleyball player Ogonna Nnamani and Texas softball player Cat Osterman.

The finalists for the Honda-Broderick Cup were chosen from previously announced Honda Award winners in 12 different NCAA-sanctioned sports and were voted on by more than 1,000 NCAA-member institution's administrators.

Augustus led LSU to a second straight NCAA Final Four and the school's first Southeastern Conference regular-season championship this past season. The 6-foot-1 forward averaged 20.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game on her way to winning the Wade Trophy, the Naismith Award, the John R. Wooden Award and the National Player of the Year honor from both The Associated Press and the United States Basketball Writers Association.

Last year's Honda-Broderick Cup winner, Tara Kirk of Stanford University, went on to compete and win a bronze medal in the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Other past winners of the award include Jackie Joyner-Kersee (track & field, 1984); Mia Hamm (soccer, 1994), Cheryl Miller (basketball, 1983), Ann Meyers (1978, basketball), Tracy Caulkins (1982, 1984, swimming & diving), Chamique Holdsclaw (basketball, 1998) and Lisa Fernandez (softball, 1993).