Jackson Named WNBA Player of the Week

June 6, 2005

NEW YORK - Lauren Jackson of the Seattle Storm was named the WNBA Player of the Week for her play in Seattle’s victories on Thursday, June 2 at Phoenix and Saturday, June 4 vs. Indiana.

Jackson, the 2003 WNBA MVP and six-time Player of the Week, recorded two double-doubles last week to help the Storm improve to a 4-1 season record. After losing its season-opener, Seattle has won four straight and is currently in a three-way tie with Sacramento and Houston for first place in the Western Conference.

Jackson’s best game of the season so far came in Seattle’s 83-77 victory over the Indiana Fever on Saturday, when she posted season highs in both scoring (24) and rebounds (15) and collected five blocked shots and three assists while making all 11 of her free-throw attempts. On June 2, Jackson helped Seattle defeat Phoenix, 78-67, by scoring 12 points, pulling down 14 rebounds and recording three blocked shots.

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Jackson currently leads the league in rebounding (11.0 rpg), is ranked eighth in scoring (16.4 ppg), second in blocked shots (2.6 bpg), eighth in free-throw percentage (95.7%), ninth in minutes played (35.2 mpg) and has posted three double-doubles.

Other candidates for WNBA Player of the Week were Charlotte’s Tammy Sutton-Brown, Connecticut’s Margo Dydek, Detroit’s Deanna Nolan, Houston’s Dominique Canty, Indiana’s Tan White, Phoenix's Anna DeForge, Sacramento’s DeMya Walker, San Antonio’s Wendy Palmer-Daniel and Washington’s Temeka Johnson.

The WNBA tipped off its ninth season on Saturday, May 21, 2005 under the leadership of new President Donna Orender. In 2004, for the sixth consecutive season, more than two million fans attended WNBA games. Also in 2004, three consecutive WNBA Finals sellout crowds witnessed the Seattle Storm defeat the Connecticut Sun to capture its first WNBA Championship. WNBA programming is broadcast on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and NBA-TV. For more information, visit WNBA.com.