Women's Hoops Blog
Jayda Evans covers college and pro women's basketball. While its her first year on the Washington beat, she has covered the Storm since its inception. She'll offer observations, critiques, occasional off-beat tales and answers to select e-mail inquires. Evans also has written a book on the Storm and women's hoops, called "Game On!"
July 30, 2007 12:32 PM
Posted by Jayda Evans
Storm All-Star Lauren Jackson was named Player of the Week, again. Would say this award just needs to be named after her, but Lisa Leslie still leads in most POWs in a career at 14. Jackson is tied with Indiana forward Tamika Catchings at 11.
Jackson couldn't be denied her second consecutive POW as she scored a WNBA-tying 47 points in a loss to Washington and her career 4,000th in a win against Indiana. And, oh, she had 29 in a loss to San Antonio.
Jackson does match Leslie's four POWs received last season when the latter won MVP. But San Antonio guard Becky Hammon will be a serious contender for Jackson for MVP in these final weeks. You'd almost have to search for a way not to vote for Jackson, but Hammon has averaged 21.0 points against the Storm, including a game-high 30 Sunday, and those weren't all from outside. She drove into Jackson's paint for a few dazzling layins in those three matchups, missing one outing against the Storm because of a sprained foot.
San Antonio has swept Seattle and Hammon ranks in the top-three league-wide in scoring and assists. Plus, her team is best in the West. Shouldn't that count for something?