Four former SEC women’s basketball stars have been named to the WNBA’s 20@20 team to celebrate the league’s 20th anniversary.
Seimone Augustus (LSU), Tamika Catchings (Tennessee), Deanna Nolan (Georgia) and Candace Parker (Tennessee) represent the conference on the team for their professional playing careers.
The 20 players were chosen by a 15-member committee that included former players, coaches and media members covering the WNBA.
“The 20 women honored today are an extraordinarily accomplished group both on and off the basketball court,” said WNBA President Lisa Borders in a press release. “On the court, they represent the absolute best in women’s professional basketball and are in so many ways larger than life. Off the court, they represent their teams, hometowns and communities in which they live and work with the utmost professionalism. And most importantly, they represent the hopes and dreams of generations of young girls all over the world – the future of the WNBA.”
Tennessee has long been one of the great powers in women’s basketball. It is no surprise seeing a few representatives from the Lady Vols make the list.
Tamika Catchings and Candace Parker were two of the best players in the program’s history. Their exploits in Knoxville have translated well to the WNBA. Catchings has won NCAA championships along with WNBA championships.
Seimone Augustus too was instrumental in LSU’s run to the Final Four in three straight years in the mid-2000s. She was a scoring machine, averaging 19.3 points per game in her career.
Deanna Nolan was a three-time WNBA champion after leading Georgia to an 86-12 record in her four years in Athens.