I heard about Lauren Jackson about five years ago as she completely dominated the whole continent down under. As a teenager, that is. She is gorgeous, blonde at 6'5 who can dribble very well, can pull a fadeaway shot, can drill a 3-pointer from anywhere. She is not skinny. She is lean player who can crash the boards when she wants to.
Lauren Jackson did not go to US schools to play its collegiate women's basketball, considered to be one of the most competitive fields for collegiate women's basketball in the world. Facing the USA team for the first time 4 years ago in Sydney, Lauren Jackson fared very well but her teammates did not. So the USA team won the gold medal.
Since then, Lauren Jackson opted to go straight to the WNBA and played for Seattle Storm for three seasons. Not even Lisa Leslie, Tina Thompson or Yolanda Griffith can stop her as she averaged 20 points per game and 9 rebounds per game. She is only 23 years old.
Now Lauren Jackson is going to play the USA team in the finals. As much as I wanted the USA team to win, I suspect Lauren Jackson is going to dominate the USA and win the gold for the Aussies. They had no problem handling every opponent, no game was very close. They just beat Brazil to get in the finals, 88-75. Jackson had 26 points and 13 rebounds. She is ready for the USA team.
Go Lauren! Go USA!
On other hand, I'm glad that Swoopes and Staley signed "3" correctly. Leslie needs to be slapped for signing the wrong one.