SEATTLE - Storm forward Lauren Jackson has been named Western Conference Player of the Week for the second consecutive week, the WNBA announced today. The honor is the 11th of Jackson’s career and league-high fourth thus far in 2007, matching the WNBA record for Player of the Week awards in a single season set by Lisa Leslie in her MVP campaign last summer.
Jackson averaged 34.3 ppg and 10.0 rpg while shooting 64.4 percent from the field, 55.6 percent from behind the arc and 91.7 percent from the free-throw line while turning in a number of record-setting performances during the week. Jackson established a new WNBA record for field goals in game (18) at Washington on July 24 en route to matching the WNBA single-game scoring record with a career-best 47 points. Three days later she became both the fastest (209 games) and youngest (26 years) player in league history to surpass the 4,000-point mark for her career, shattering the previous marks of 230 games (Lisa Leslie) and 31 years (Tina Thompson).
The six-time All-Star also leads the league in rebounding (10.0 rpg) and is the only player in the league currently averaging a double-double. In addition, Jackson is among the league’s best in all three shooting categories, currently ranking second in field-goal percentage (.526), 11th in three-point percentage (.406) and sixth in free-throw percentage (.880).
The Connecticut Sun’s Katie Douglas was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week. Other candidates for WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Houston’s Tamecka Dixon, Indiana’s Tan White, Minnesota’s Seimone Augustus, New York’s Janel McCarville, Sacramento’s Nicole Powell and San Antonio’s Sophia Young.