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SEATTLE – Lauren Jackson had 16 points and nine rebounds to help the Seattle Storm cruise to their 20th victory of the season with a 75-59 win over the Tulsa Shock on Sunday night. With the win, the Storm become just the second team in league history to start a season 20-2 and just the fifth team to win 20 or more games in three consecutive seasons. The Houston Comets are the only team to have a better start to a season. The Comets opened the 1998 season 25-2 before suffering their third loss.
SAN ANTONIO – Lauren Jackson, Sue Bird and La’Coe Willingham hit key fourth-quarter 3-pointers Tuesday as the Seattle Storm extended their winning streak to 10 by rallying to defeat the San Antonio Silver Stars, 80-74. Seattle (19-2) is off to the second-best start in WNBA history. The now-defunct Houston Comets opened the 1998 season 19-1 and were 25-2 before their third loss.
SEATTLE – Lauren Jackson scored 28 points, including a reverse layup with 19.3 seconds left, Sue Bird hit three straight 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and the Seattle Storm rallied to beat the Indiana Fever 85-81 on Friday night. Swin Cash added 21 points to help the WNBA-leading Storm (12-2) win their third straight since a 72-65 loss at Indiana on June 17. Bird finished with 16 points.
SEATTLE – Forgive Australians Abby Bishop and Lauren Jackson if they looked at rookie Alison Lacey strangely. The trio hails from Australia, Lacey born in Canberra, where Bishop and Jackson played pro ball. But something was missing.
College basketball: Heather Bowman, Gonzaga’s and the West Coast Conference’s all-team leading scorer, has a chance to continue her career close to home. The Lewis and Clark graduate has signed a free agent contract with the Seattle Storm.
Diana Taurasi scored five of her 22 points in overtime, and the Phoenix Mercury went on to a 92-84 victory against the injury-depleted Seattle Storm on Thursday night at Seattle, clinching home-court advantage for the entire WNBA playoffs. Cappie Pondexter had 18 points for Phoenix (23-10). The Mercury’s win, coupled with Eastern Conference-leading Indiana’s 86-79 loss at Chicago, helped guarantee them the top seed in every playoff series.
NEW YORK – Even without Lauren Jackson, the Seattle Storm aren’t settling for just making the postseason. They have their eyes on first-place Phoenix. Camille Little had 17 points and 13 rebounds, Sue Bird scored 12 points, and the short-handed Storm rallied to win their sixth straight, 65-58 over the New York Liberty on Tuesday night.
Basketball: Katie Douglas scored 20 points to lead the Indiana Fever to a 73-66 victory over the Seattle Storm on Tuesday night in Indianapolis. Ebony Hoffman scored 18 and Tamika Catchings added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Fever (1-2), who avoided their worst start since 2001 and snapped a three-game losing streak against the Storm.
SEATTLE – Walking down the arena steps as her name blared through the speakers, Lauren Jackson wanted to hide behind one of the numerous signs that Seattle fans brought thanking the two-time MVP for staying in her adopted hometown. “I didn’t expect to get that kind of reception from everybody. It meant a lot,” Jackson said. “I didn’t think it was going to be any different. When I was walking down the stairs, I get pretty shy anyway, but it was pretty emotional.”