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Storm Re-Sign Star Forward Jackson

February 24, 2005

SEATTLE (AP) _ The defending WNBA champion Seattle Storm re-signed All-Star forward Lauren Jackson on Wednesday.

Jackson led the league in scoring last season, averaging 20.5 points a game, leading Seattle to the WNBA title. It was the first professional sports title for Seattle since the SuperSonics won the NBA championship in 1979.

Seattle beat Connecticut 2-1 in the best-of-three championship finals.

Jackson was the first overall pick in the 2001 WNBA draft. She was the 2003 league MVP and is a three-time WNBA all-star.

She was also a member of the Australian National Team that won silver at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

Jackson had surgery during the offseason to repair a damaged ligament and remove bone spurs from her right ankle. She did not play with the Canberra Capitals in Australia’s Women’s National Basketball League this past season.

``I feel more rested this year since I didn’t play in Australia last fall, and I aim to have a healthy and productive 2005 season with the Storm,″ Jackson said.

The Storm also re-signed reserve forward Alicia Thompson.

Seattle’s next season begins May 21.

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