Lauren Jackson Ties WNBA Record: ‘LJ’ Scores 47 Against Washington Mystics
Lauren Jackson of the Seattle Storm tied the WNBA record for the most points in a game when she scored 47 against the Washington Mystics last night, to go along with an impressive 14 rebounds.
She shared the record with Phoenix Mercury star Diana Tauriasi, who had a 47 point game against the Houston Comets last August. Tauriasi's efforts came in a triple overtime game with a final score of 111-110, while Jackson's came in just one overtime. Despite Jackson's efforts, it was still one point short and the Storm lost by one as the Mystics had three players with more than 20 points.
With ten lead changes and ten tie scores during the game, Jackson carried the Storm on her shoulders most of the way, shooting 18-28 from the field and hitting the two crucial free throws that sent the game into overtime.
Mystic's DeLisha Milton-Jones, who guarded Jackson for most of the game, could do nothing but watch as the Australian star did whatever she wanted to do on the court.
The Mystics led by as many as 11 and scored 31 points in the third quarter. Yet, the Storm rallied back. During one stretch, Jackson scored 23 of the Storm's 27 pionts. She passed her old career high of 35 points, which she got just this June in a game against the Los Angeles Sparks, at some point late in the third.
Jackson was the first overall pick in the 2001 WNBA Draft, won a WNBA championship ring in 2004, was named the league's most valuable player in 2003, won two Best WNBA Player Espy Awards in 2004 and 2005 and has had much success at the international level as well. Now, she becomes only one of five players in WNBA history to score more than 40 points.
At 6-5 185lbs, Jackson is having her best scoring season so far, averaging 23.8 points per game, while shooting 51.7% from the field, 86.8% from the foul line and 39.6% from behind the three point line.
She's also averaging 10.1 rebounds per game and 2.0 blocks per game. Despite her team's modest 12-12 record, it's no surprise that many believe she may be one of the best if not the best player in the WNBA.
Jackson was named Western Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season and the nineth time in her career. Her Storm are currently fourth in the Conference and hope to maintain the eighth and final playoff spot.