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Women's Hoops

The latest news and analysis on college and pro women's basketball.

August 4, 2006 at 8:25 PM

Jackson wants minutes

It shouldn’t shock anyone that Storm All-Star Lauren Jackson has started to chirp about wanting more playing time if/when her team reaches the postseason and vies for another WNBA championship.
Jackson, 25, mentioned to reporters following the Washington win on Thursday that she wanted coach Anne Donovan to “play her to win,” a touchy comment given her Australia national team coach’s concern that players could return full of injures and be unable to compete in the World Championship in Brazil in September.
True, Jackson’s most recent exam results showed no improvement or change in the stress fracture or plantar fasciitis in her left leg, but the Aussie doesn’t want to be limited to the career-low 28.3 minutes she’s averaging during the regular season.
“I just want to play,” she said.
Donovan has balanced Jackson’s minutes during games, trying to take the star out at times least likely to hurt the team, but she said after Friday’s practice that she wasn’t going to just start playing Jackson all-out simply to win a title.
“If the doctor’s gave me the OK to do that, I’d be happy to do it,” Donovan said. “But it has to come from Lauren and the doctors. And I’d be surprised if the doctors felt comfortable with increasing her minutes.”
Bird fine
Sue Bird said her nose is fine after getting whacked in the first quarter on Thursday. She didn’t need further evaluation and will not need to wear a facemask for the third consecutive season.

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