Overseas Update: Tiffany Jackson
While Tiffany Jackson admits to missing her family, weddings, gatherings and the sheer ease of being able to go to a fast food restaurant or the mall - being overseas also removes all the distractions from her day-to-day life, allowing her to focus on what’s equally important to her.
“I can concentrate on my game and my faith,” Jackson said.
Jackson is averaging 16.3 points and 10.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.7 steals in 34.0 minutes through 16 games with Ceyan Bld in Turkey. She’s playing alongside University of Oklahoma standout Ashley Paris and ex-Shock player Natasha Lacy.
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Even with her fantastic numbers overseas, Jackson is eager to return to Tulsa for the 2012 season.
“I'm excited about the season in general. New faces, coaches and players included,” Jackson said. “I'm eager to learn a new system and get on the winning track and of course I'm excited to see our wonderful crazy fans.”
New Head Coach Gary Kloppenburg reached out to Jackson this off-season and asked her to work on her high post jump shot, advice that Jackson has taken to heart every day, taking extra shots after practice with Paris helping her rebound.
“I think I've become a smarter player. I've really tried to study the game since being over here,” Jackson said. “Personally I want to be better than I was last year, contribute more, and do whatever it takes to get more points in the win column.”
Jackson was the Shock's leader both on and off the court this season as her game made an incredible leap from the 2010 to the 2011 season. Jackson led the team in points (12.4), rebounds (8.4) and minutes (33.9) while recording 11 double-doubles this season which ranked her third in the league.
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Jackson started 32 of 34 games for the Shock and led the team in scoring 10 times, rebounds 21 times and assists five times. She also finished the season as one of only 12 players in the league who made more than 100 free-throws.
Personally, Jackson set her career-high in scoring twice this season, setting it with 27 points against San Antonio on August 6, 2011. In 2012, Jackson is expecting her personal improvement and accolades to translate into more wins on the court.
“I expect us to compete and challenge every team every night on the court,” Jackson said. “I feel we will give 100 percent and play until the buzzer, which will lead to more victories.”