Lauren Jackson, a three-time WNBA MVP, needs 40 points to become the all-time leading scorer in Olympic women’s basketball history. She scored 18 points with eight rebounds to help her native Australia defeat Brazil 67-61 on Wednesday.
It’s been reported globally that Jackson has already set the mark, surpassing American four-time gold medalist Lisa Leslie’s mark of 488 points. But further research shows former Houston Comets star Janeth Arcain actually scored a total of 535 points during her Olympic reign from 1992-2004. The native Brazilian won one silver and one bronze medal during that period.
Research and a source with USA Basketball said the global governing agency for basketball, FIBA, doesn’t compile all-time records for women’s basketball. The site does have individual results for games, however. That math also showed Arcain with 535 all-time Olympic points.
Jackson, the Storm’s all-time leading scorer (4,103), theoretically has five games to reach the Olympic mark. Australia is 2-1 in pool play, the top four teams from the two divisions advancing to the knock-out medal round. The Opals are predicted to contend for a gold medal against Team USA, but the Aussies were upset by undefeated France on Monday.