Lauren Jackson is confident she’s on the path to recovery after doctors were finally able to diagnose the exact source of pain in her back and hamstring that has sidelined Jackson since the end of the Storm’s season. A recent MRI found a tear in her adductor magnus muscle.
”More than anything it was just frustration not knowing what it is, and that it could potentially end my career, [which] was something I had to deal with,” Jackson explained to the Canberra Times. I feel like finally I know exactly what it is, we all do and we know how to treat it.
”It’s real relief. I’m with the best people and they know me well enough to know I was really scared, and now I’m not so scared any more.”
In news of a different sort, Jackson is one of six Aussie sporting “icons” picked by Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in Sydney for a fan vote on which player to be replicated in wax.
“This is a great honor to be recognized as a nominee for this activity and I’m most grateful,” Jackson said. “There really are some great sporting legends in Madame Tussauds and it would be amazing to have my figure alongside them.”
Voting will last through Jan. 18 via the Madame Tussauds Facebook page.
Shanghai (8-7) moved back above .500 with Saturday’s 83-66 win over Yunnan. Camille Little (23 points, 14 rebounds, five steals) and Storm camp invitee Lindsay Taylor (23 points, 13 boards) played more or less to a draw, but teammate Xiufeng Shi scored 25 points to lift the Baoshan to victory.
Ramat Hasharon suffered a 63-53 setback Monday to Elizur Ramla, dropping to 3-3 in league play. Stats were not yet available.
On Saturday, UMMC Ekaterinburg handed Nadezhda an 84-64 defeat behind 22 points and 13 assists from Diana Taurasi. Sandrine Gruda scored 18 points and Candace Parker and the Storm’s Ewelina Kobryn had 11 apiece. Taurasi was 5-of-7 from downtown and Kobryn added another three as UMMC shot 7-of-10 as a team.
Svetlana Abrosimova contributed six points, five rebounds and three assists in Dynamo Moscow’s 59-52 win over Rostov-Don. Kristi Toliver’s 14 points led all scorers in the defensive battle, which saw Rostov-Don shoot 39.1 percent as a team.
Thanks to Tina Thompson, Woori Hansae has been pulling out close games lately. Last Monday, Woori defeated Winnus 65-64, overcoming 16 points and 16 rebounds from former Storm center Ashley Robinson with 23 points and 10 rebounds from Thompson, who shot 11-of-17 from the field. Earlier today, it was a 69-64 win over S-Birds that moved Woori two games ahead in the battle for the top spot in the WKBL. Thompson had 28 points and 16 rebounds and shut down WNBA counterpart Cathrine Kraayeveld, who finished with just 10 points.
No problem for Galatasaray (8-1) in an 81-48 victory over Mersin. Ann Wauters had 13 points and five rebounds in 20 minutes of action, while Sylvia Fowles scored 17 points and grabbed nine boards. Elsewhere, Homend Antakya improved to 4-5 with a needed 106-61 blowout of lowly Edremit. Antakya did not need scoring from Shekinna Stricklen, who had 11 points and attempted just seven shots in 22 minutes (making three of her four tries beyond the arc). Naile Cirak led the team with 22 points and Jolene Anderson scored 18.