World Champion defencejobs Opals captain Lauren Jackson was today named the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) Western Conference Player of the Week.
Playing for the Seattle Storm, it is Jackson’s second consecutive Player of the Week award, her fourth this season and the 11th of her career, after averaging a massive 34.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steals per game as the Storm posted a 1-2 record for the week.
On July 24, Jackson matched the WNBA record for most points in a game when she scored 47 points, and established a new record for field goals in a game with 18. She also added 14 rebounds, two three-pointers and converted 9-of-11 free throws in a 97-96 loss to the Washington Mystics.
Three days later, Jackson became the fastest (209 games) and youngest (26 years old) player in WNBA history to reach the 4,000-point mark for her career.
She recorded an overall 27 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and made 10-of-14 from the floor and 6-of-6 from the free throw line in an 89-75 victory over the Indiana Fever.
Jackson has posted double-doubles in eight of her last 10 games and a league-leading 15 times overall.
She leads the league in scoring with 24.2 points per game and rebounds with 10.0 per game and is the only player currently averaging a double-double.
The award was judged on games played between Monday, July 23 and Sunday, July 29.