Jayco Australian Opals star Lauren Jackson has smashed yet another major milestone in her already exceptional professional career, becoming the youngest player ever to reach 6,000 career points in the US-based Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).
Jackson – who will rejoin the Canberra Capitals in Australia’s own Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) this season – scored her 6,000th career point for the Seattle Storm during last Friday's win over the San Antonio Silver Stars.
Jackson became just the fourth player ever in WNBA history to score 6,000 points. She entered the game needing seven points to get there and did so early in the second quarter, scoring eight points in the period's first 1:44, capped by a driving layup to pass the mark.
Jackson joined Katie Smith, Tina Thompson and her former archrival from Team USA Lisa Leslie as the only WNBA players ever to reach that milestone.
Of the four, Jackson was the youngest to 6,000 career points by nearly four years and required 32 fewer games to get there.
Jackson was typically modest about the achievement after the game.
“I didn't even think about it,” Jackson said. “Nobody said anything until it got to the timeout and then everyone was cheering and I was like 'Damn, that must have been a nice layup!'”
Basketball Australia Chief Executive Officer Kristina Keneally said Jackson’s latest milestone cemented her status as the greatest female basketballer of all time.
“Lauren Jackson has reached yet another amazing milestone – and done so faster than any other player in WNBA history,” Ms Keneally said.
“Put simply, this is huge.
“Lauren continues to amaze fans worldwide with her skill on the court, and there’s just no doubt that she is the greatest female basketballer of all time.
“We’re proud that she is such an integral part of the Australian Jayco Opals, and we can’t wait for her to get back on the court at home as part of the Canberra Capitals in the WNBL this season.”