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Women's Hoops

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

April 2, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Lauren Jackson wins EuroLeague title

Storm star Lauren Jackson made headlines last summer when she signed with Valencia, Spain’s Ros Casares. The 6-foot-6 Australian was part of eye-popping signings that made you wonder how everyone was getting paid just as much as how the ball would be shared.
WNBA stars Maya Moore, Sancho Lyttle, Ann Wauters and newcomer Jana Vesela were just part of the global talent aligned with one purpose — win the title. The group worked as a unit to do so on Sunday, topping Spanish rival Rivas Ecopolis 65-52 in Istanbul for the 2012 EuroLeague Women’s title. Jackson, who’ll turn 31 in May, also won the crown with former Sparta&K of Russia.
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Love that winning feeling, thanks everyone for everything! 1 more ‘ship’ to go!! 19 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry
CORRECTION: According to her Twitter updates, Jackson is headed home to Australia at the end of April to begin preparing for the London Games this summer. She’s now back in Valencia for the Spanish league playoffs.
While the EuroLeague’s new Final Eight format was entertaining to watch (teams divided into two pods for round-robin play, then top teams play each other for title, third, fifth etc.), three games in three days may have caused havoc on Olympic rosters.
Australian Penny Taylor (Phoenix)
reportedly suffered a partially torn ACL after landing awkwardly on a rebound during her Fenerbahce’s matchup with Turkish rival Galatasaray on Day 2. But reports from reporters at the EuroLeague tournament are inconclusive since Taylor said she hadn’t had an MRI completed by her medical team, yet.


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Don’t give up @AussieOpals. Penny Taylor (knee) just told me: Nothing’s confirmed. I’m just waiting to get good quality MRI, then we’ll see 1 day ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Storm PG Sue Bird suffered a broken nose during warm-ups for her UMMC Ekaterinburg on Day 1 while elite Russian post Maria Stepanova tore her ACL and won’t return until October.
Taylor and Stepanova dramatically change the outlook of challengers for USA Basketball in London. And, of course, it alters the scope of the WNBA season. But we’ll have to wait to see if there’s more word.
Here’s a postgame interview clip:

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