Jackson crowned WNBA Player of the Week

Jackson crowned WNBA Player of the Week

Jayco Opal Lauren Jackson has been named the Western Conference Player of the Week in America's WNBA, the league announced overnight.

The top scorer in the league thus far, Jackson led the Seattle Storm on a 3-0 start to the season to remain the only undefeated team in the Western Conference.

Jackson’s record-tying 15th Player of the Week of her career moves her alongside WNBA legend Lisa Leslie for the most such honours in WNBA history.

By scoring in double figures in each outing, Jackson, a two-time WNBA Most Valuable Player, led the Storm to the top spot in the Western Conference while averaging 22 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2.3 steals per game for regular season games played Saturday May 15 through Sunday May 23.

Joining the Storm following a Jayco Opals training camp in Australia, Jackson opened the 2010 campaign with a double-double, logging 23 points and 10 rebounds, as well as three blocks and two steals in an 81-67 win over the Los Angeles Sparks.

Three days later, Jackson narrowly missed recording consecutive double-doubles when her 18-point, eight-rebound effort – along with four blocks – powered Seattle to a 79-76 win over the visiting Minnesota Lynx.

Jackson closed out the week with a game-high 25 points as well as eight rebounds, four steals and two blocks to top fellow Jayco Opal Penny Taylor and the Mercury in overtime in Phoenix.

In other WNBA news, Jackson's Jayco Opals and Seattle teammate Abby Bishop made her WNBA debut on Sunday as the Storm toppled Phoenix. Bishop entered the game in the dying seconds of the third quarter and started the fourth term to record one rebound and 2:46 minutes of court time.

Angel McCoughtry of the Atlanta Dream was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week.

Photo courtesy of Aaron Last/Storm Photos