For your reading pleasure before the Storm tips off in Phoenix shortly …
Mercury’s Penny Taylor and Storm’s Lauren Jackson share Australian connection – Odeen Domingo, Arizona Republic
The WNBA’s most well-known Australians and two of the better players in the world – the Mercury’s Penny Taylor and the Seattle Storm’s Lauren Jackson – were born in the same year (1981), same month (May) and just 13 days apart. (Jackson is a bit older, born on May 11).
For the next 29 years, their paths have paralleled, crossed, separated, and crossed again. They will cross again today when the reigning WNBA champion Mercury host the Storm, who have the best record in the league (at 16-2), in a matinee matchup at US Airways Center.
Lauren Jackson expected to play as Storm season resumes – Jayda Evans, Seattle Times
Travel will be Seattle’s biggest opponent as play resumes for the second half of the WNBA season. The Storm is off to a franchise-best 16-2 start, but leaders Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Jackson and even Agler have been whipped back and forth across the country. They traveled to WNBA All-Star festivities in Connecticut and now a three-game trip which also includes stops in Minnesota (Saturday) and San Antonio (Tuesday).
Storm trying to win three in a row over defending champs – Christopher Wells, seattlepi.com
In the previous two matchups this season, the Storm (16-2) handled the Mercury (7-11) easily by scores of 95-89 on May 22 and 97-74 on June 6.
In the first meeting, Seattle had four players score in double-digits with Jackson leading the way with 25 points. She also had eight rebounds, four blocks and two steals. As a team, the Storm had 48 rebounds.
In the next contest, all five Storm starters scored in double digits, with Camille Little, Swin Cash and Jackson all scoring 16 in the rout. As a whole, the team had 47 rebounds.