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Women's Hoops

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

August 18, 2007 at 10:56 AM

Two in the books?

Considering how Minnesota All-Star Seimone Augustus will conclude her sophomore WNBA season against one of the best defensive teams in the league in San Antonio on Sunday, I believe Storm All-Star Lauren Jackson’s hold on the league scoring title is safe.
Jackson, averaging 23.8 points compared to Augustus’ 22.9, said she didn’t care, after posting 32 points in a blowout win against Los Angeles on Friday. While playoff-bound teams like Detroit are relaxing their stars, the Storm continued to play huge minutes. Jackson was her usual dominant self, playing 34 minutes.
The Aussie set franchise records with 16 free-throw attempts, making a career-high 15. She also had 15 rebounds, two blocks and two steals, which will help her retain the rebounding title (9.7) and blocks title (2.03). Only the scoring and rebounding leaders are awarded cash at season’s end, however.
Also impressive has been the play of the bench lately. Tanisha Wright scooped up Betty Lennox and Sue Bird’s minutes, helping to break the game open with nine points in the final quarter against Los Angeles. Newcomer Astou Ndiaye-Diatta also looked more comfortable in the lineup.
And the biggest stat lost in the emotion of finishing up an odd summer in Seattle is that Brazilian Iziane Castro Marques finished with 24 points for her sixth game of scoring 20 points or more. The Storm in that span? Oh, 5-1.
The team finally came around, but Phoenix is going to be tough. Sacramento is full of aging, yet wise veterans and they couldn’t even slow the Mercury with their noted defense. Hopefully Seattle won’t have this reaction following Game 1 of their playoff series.

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