Storm All-Star Lauren Jackson waltzed into the history books on Tuesday. It just wasn’t the mark she wanted to leave at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
With a turnaround jumper in the fourth quarter of a win against China, the Australian set the all-time Olympic scoring record in women’s basketball. She finished with 12 points in the 75-60 decision for 536 points in four consecutive Games. The total surpassed Brazilian Janeth Arcain’s 535 points (1992-2004) and American Lisa Leslie’s 488 (1996-2008).
The modern format allowed Jackson, a 6-foot-6 center, to play in more overall Olympic games than Arcain, an explosive 5-11 guard.
Jackson was erroneously told last week that she had reached the record. FIBA later retracted the statement, citing a duplicate listing for Janeth Arcain. The international federation for basketball further stated it was the WNBA’s fault because Janeth’s full surname “dos Santos Arcain” was shorten while playing for the Houston Comets from 1997-2005.