Three-time Olympian Lauren Jackson has been named the Player of the Week in Round 14 of the WNBL on the back of a game-winning performance for the Canberra Capitals.
The Capitals centre was a commanding figure on court and top-scored with 33 points to secure Canberra a 79-65 victory over the Dandenong Rangers in Dandenong on Saturday.
Jackson, a four-time WNBL MVP, shot 11-of-18 from the floor at 61 percent and was deadly from the free throw line, converting 10-of-11 attempts.
The Jayco Opal grabbed a team high seven rebounds, tallied two blocked shots, two steals and one assist in 32 minutes on court.
She was the steadying influence on court for Canberra, created an easy target for her teammates under the basket and scored eight of her 33 points in the final quarter as the Rangers threatened to close the gap.
Jackson returned to the WNBL in December 2009 after recovering from a back injury and, playing in the league for the first time since the 2005/06 season, is already performing close to her WNBL career averages with 26 points per game (career to date 22.5), eight rebounds (11.8) and one assist (1.1) per game in four games this season.
The return of the world’s best player has greatly increased Canberra’s title hopes and the defending champion has gone on an unbeaten 4-0 run since Jackson’s season debut on December 12.
Other noteworthy performances from Round 14 included:
AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF SPORT: Tess Madgen led the AIS with a team high 17 points and 7 rebounds.
ADELAIDE LINK LIGHTNING: Lightning Captain Jess Foley showed a return to form to post a double-double with 30 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks in a road victory over Perth.
BENDIGO BANK SPIRIT: Kristi Harrower top-scored with 22 points and tallied a team high 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the Spirit in a home win over Townsville.
GLOBAL METALS BULLEEN BOOMERS: Backing up from a monster double-double and Player of the Week honours in Round 13, Liz Cambage did it again with 23 points and 15 rebounds in a home triumph over Logan, converting 11-of-13 attempts from the field at 85 percent.
CANBERRA TRANSACT CAPITALS: Natalie Hurst bagged 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in support of Jackson.
DANDENONG JAYCO RANGERS: Alison Downie celebrated her 200th WNBL game for Dandenong in style with a career high 27 points to go with a game high 8 rebounds, and one block and one assist in a home loss to Canberra.
BDS LOGAN THUNDER: Biancia Abbott scored team high numbers in points (14) and rebounds (7) to lead Logan in an away loss to Bulleen. Captain Kristen Veal rejoined the team against Sydney Uni and posted 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the road loss.
GO FOR 2 AND 5 PERTH LYNX: Kate Malpass led Perth with a terrific all-round game posting 22 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in a home loss to Adelaide.
ACUVUE SYDNEY UNI FLAMES: Suzy Batkovic-Brown had 30 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and a block in a win at home over Logan.
TOWNSVILLE MCCAFE FIRE: Rohanee Cox continued her return to form with a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double and 2 assists in a road loss to Bendigo. She added a game high 30 points, on 4-of-8 attempts from beyond the arc, to go with 7 rebounds and 2 assists in a road win over the AIS.
WNBL Player of the Week 2009/10
Round 1: Elyse Penaluna (Bulleen Boomers)
Round 2: Kristi Harrower (Bendigo Spirit)
Round 3: Angela Marino (Adelaide Lightning)
Round 4: Marianna Tolo (Canberra Capitals)
Round 5: Cayla Francis (Adelaide Lightning)
Round 6: Marianna Tolo (Canberra Capitals)
Round 7: Eva Afeaki (Sydney Uni Flames)
Round 8: Suzy Batkovic-Brown (Sydney Uni Flames)
Round 9: Suzy Batkovic-Brown (Sydney Uni Flames)
Round 10: Liz Cambage (Bulleen Boomers)
Round 11: Deanna Smith (Sydney Uni Flames)
Round 12: Angela Marino (Adelaide Lightning)
Round 13: Liz Cambage (Bulleen Boomers)
Round 14: Lauren Jackson (Canberra Capitals)
Photos courtesy of Ian Knight Photography