Storm star Lauren Jackson made headlines last summer when she signed with Valencia, Spain’s Ros Casares. The 6-foot-6 Australian was part of eye-popping signings that made you wonder how everyone was getting paid just as much as how the ball would be shared.
WNBA stars Maya Moore, Sancho Lyttle, Ann Wauters and newcomer Jana Vesela were just part of the global talent aligned with one purpose — win the title. The group worked as a unit to do so on Sunday, topping Spanish rival Rivas Ecopolis 65-52 in Istanbul for the 2012 EuroLeague Women’s title. Jackson, who’ll turn 31 in May, also won the crown with former Sparta&K;of Russia.
According to her Twitter updates, Jackson is currently headed home to begin preparing for the London Games this summer. While the EuroLeague’s new Final Eight format was entertaining to watch (teams divided into two pods for round-robin play, then top teams play each other for title, third, fifth etc.), three games in three days may have caused havoc on Olympic rosters.
Australian Penny Taylor (Phoenix) reportedly suffered a partially torn ACL after landing awkwardly on a rebound during her Fenerbahce’s matchup with Turkish rival Galatasaray on Day 2. But reports from reporters at the EuroLeague tournament are inconclusive since Taylor said she hadn’t had an MRI completed by her medical team, yet.