SEATTLE, July 27 (AP) -- Lauren Jackson picked up Friday night where she left off three days earlier.
Jackson became the youngest, and fastest player in WNBA history to reach 4,000 points, and finished with 27 points and 10 rebounds in the Seattle Storm's 89-75 win over the Indiana Fever.
Jackson was coming off a record-tying 47-point performance on Tuesday night against Washington, a total that matched Diana Taurasi's mark set a season ago. Jackson just missed matching Cynthia Cooper's mark for the highest two-game total in league history. Cooper scored 76 points in consecutive games during the 1997 season. Jackson finished with 74, leaving with 4 minutes to go and a scoreless fourth quarter.
The leader in the MVP race needed just 14 points to become the fifth player in league history to reach the 4,000-point mark. She didn't waste much time, reaching the milestone with 6:13 left in the second quarter on a turnaround baseline jumper. She was given a standing ovation and a video tribute at the next timeout.
Friday was expected to be a showcase of the two leaders in the MVP race, but Indiana's Tamika Catchings missed her fourth straight game with partial tear of the plantar fascia in her left foot. Not surprisingly, Indiana lost all four and has dropped five straight overall.
Jackson started her night by scoring on a behind-the-back pass from Betty Lennox in the opening minutes, and converting a three-point play. Jackson made 10 of 14 shots, joining Katie Smith, Sheryl Swoopes, Tina Thompson and Lisa Leslie in the 4,000-point club. Leslie reached the mark in 230 games, but it took Jackson just 209. Thompson was the youngest to accomplish the feat at age 31, but Jackson is just 26.
Lennox added 14 and Iziane Castro Marques scored 13 for Seattle, who led by as many as 35.