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Lauren Jackson is a 23 year old 6’5” 187 lb basketball player from Albury, Australia. Playing basketball comes natural to Lauren as both her parents were basketball players. Her mother played for LSU (Lauren wears #15, her mothers number in college) and both parents played for the Australian National Team. Lauren is the best women’s basketball player to ever come out of Australia and is arguably the best female player in the world.
Lauren’s Basketball Career
Lauren made her international debut as a 15 year old playing for the Australian Junior National team. By 17 she had moved up to the Opals, Australia’s National Team, the youngest player ever on the team. At 18, she helped the National Team claim a bronze medal at the World Championships. At 20, she led the Australian Team in both scoring and rebounding taking them to their highest Olympic finish ever with a silver medal at the 2000 Olympics in Australia.
Following the Olympics, Lauren left her native Australia behind and moved on to a professional career in the women’s NBA. Not yet 20, she was picked by the Seattle Storm as the #1 overall pick in the women’s NBA draft. Just two years later, she led the WNBA in scoring and was named the league MVP.
Aussies in Athens
Laurie and the rest of the Aussie basketball team are off to an excellent start at the Olympics. They currently have a 4-0 record in preliminary play with one game remaining which guarantees them advancement into the medal round.
In their first game, Lauren scored 27 points to lead Australia to a victory over 85-73 Nigeria. Fellow WNBAer Penny Taylor, helped Lauren with an 11 point effort.
In game two, Penny Taylor provided the scoring punch with 26 points while Lauren kicked in 15 points and 10 boards as the Aussies down Russia 75-56
In game three, the smaller Japanese women had no match for Lauren as Australia rolled to a 97-78 win. Jackson again starred for the Aussies with 31 points in less than 20 minutes of playing time.
Game four was more of the same. Lauren scored 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Australian women’s Basketball team to a comfortable 75-57 win over host country Greece. Veteran forward Trish Fallon provided the backup support in this game with 14 points.
Australia will complete their final match of the preliminary round when they go up against Brazil on Sunday.
Lauren out of uniform
Lauren was honored when she was chosen to be the cover girl of Athens Dream. Here are her shots from that photo shoot.
Lauren isn’t the only Aussie with a propensity to take her clothes off. Two other stars have done the same.
Trish Fallon is the senior member of the Aussie squad. She is a three time Olympian and the team captain. She 32 years old, stands 6’2” and weighs 163 lbs.
Penny Taylor is a 6’1” 168 lb 4-year WNBA veteran despite being only 23 years old. As noted earlier, Penny was the hero in the Aussie’s win over Russia when star Lauren Jackson saw limited action because of foul trouble.