Lauren Jackson back in action in the WNBA

Lauren Jackson back in action in the WNBA

Lauren Jackson made her return to action in the WNBA this week after spending close to two months on the sideline with a hip injury that had required the Jayco Opals captain and reigning WNBA league MVP and champion, to undergo surgery.

It had been reported that Jackson was recovering ahead of schedule, but as the weeks went by it became clear that she was not going to risk an early return.

"There's going to be an adjustment period because they've had to play so long without me,” Jackson told The Seattle Times prior to her first game back.

"The core of us has been playing together the last four or five years, so I'm not too concerned about it. There will be some growing pains, but I don't think it's going to last more than a couple of games, honestly."

However, Jackson’s fears were not realised with the Aussie star shining in her very first game back on the court, with the star center having an immediate impact.

Jackson was instrumental in helping her side the Seattle Storm defeat the New York Liberty, playing only 22 minutes, but scoring a season-high 20 points, on 60 per cent field goal accuracy.

"She got a lot out of her minutes, didn't she? She played well," said Storm head coach Brian Agler.

"We're a different team, obviously. I've got to give everybody credit for keeping us competitive without her, but we can be much better with her. She was a factor tonight."

Opposition coach John Whisenant was equally impressed when summarising her first up performance.

"Super. Amazing. No one but a great athlete can do that," said Liberty coach John Whisenant.

"I was afraid that she wouldn't show the rust because she and Sue (Bird) and Swin (Cash) and the core group have played several years together and last year winning the championship. But it's still tough to come back and not lose rhythm."

Jackson then helped the Storm to consecutive wins in her second game back, scoring 13 points against the San Antonio Silver Stars. The 30-year-old star will now look to extend that streak when she faces league cellar-dwellers the Tulsa Shock next up.