Augustus controls the ball against Canada on Friday. AP Photo/Carlos Osorio
Playing in her 100th game for USA Basketball meant a lot to Seimone Augustus. A rush of emotions came back to the Minnesota Lynx star, not just from the journey she took to reach the century mark, but also from the floods affecting her family in Louisiana.
"My parents had to be boated out yesterday," said Augustus, who was choked up talking it. "It's been a tough few hours. I try not to get emotional about it. Everyone's safe. I wouldn't have played today if I hadn't talked to them. Once they got out of the neighborhood into the city area they were OK."
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Augustus was concerned about her horses that live on the property. She said she has a pond behind the house that overflowed after the massive amounts of rain that hit over a 24-hour stretch.
"It overflowed and headed to the house. My horses couldn't even get to the front yard," Augustus said after the U.S. beat China 105-62 on Sunday. "I don't know what's going on with them. My mom could see them trying to swim through the water. I hope they got out."
Augustus began her U.S. career playing on the under-21 world championship team where she was the MVP of that team in 2003. That also earned her the USA Basketball female athlete of the year.
Being cut before making that team was a moment that the former LSU star used as motivation.
"It was like being stabbed in the heart," she said . "At the time I was one of the youngest players there. I had a little ego like, I come from Louisiana and am the big fish in the small pond. ... I'm definitely glad I got cut because it made me a better player in the long run."
Augustus and Tina Charles celebrate win over China. AP Photo/Carlos Osorio
She had 10 points in her milestone game on Sunday. Only Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings and Diana Taurasi have played in more games for the U.S. on the current Olympic team.
"This team is different than other team I played on before," she said. "I made every other team. This team was like wow you're not good enough. Try to figure this out as a player that's always been given things. You can't have this. Figure out what I need to do to become a better player."
"I had to figure out what it was that USA Basketball wanted."
She sure did, helping the U.S. win golds at the last two Olympics and also has won three WNBA championships since.