» Thursday, 27 March, 2014
The Jayco Australia Opals squad has assembled in Canberra this week for one of the training camps leading up to the World Championships in September. Recovering from her surgery, Lauren is with the squad at the AIS and has also been involved off the court in her role as ambassador for the AASC program to help inspire children to keep active.
Amongst the diverse squad of experienced internationals and young talent on display at the Opals camp is the much-welcomed return of Penny Taylor. The 2006 World Championships MVP was forced to miss the 2012 Olympics due to injury and the international superstar has already been impressed by the young talent vying for Opals selection. The Opals have been drawn in Group C alongside Belarus, South Korea and Cuba for the preliminary round of the World Championships in Turkey.
» Saturday, 1 March, 2014
UN role for Lauren
Lauren has a new role as Champion for the UN Women National Committee Australia! The role gives her the opportunity to continue her passion promoting gender equality amongst Australians and around the world. She joins Aussie actress Nicole da Silva as fellow Champion.
How will you celebrate International Women's Day? Check out the UN Women website for any IWD events in your area.
» Tuesday, 11 February, 2014
An update from Lauren
Well I'm back…not quite the way I expected but very happy to be back in OZ!
China was culturally challenging, and ohhhhh how I missed the Australian Summer and my beloved barbeques! Not a lot of red meat for an aussie country girl like me to be found in China! Harbin City where I was based was just freezing.....minus 20 or 30 sometimes! So to get the last month of summer in Australia is soooooo good.
My team Heilongjiang Shenda went 11 – 11 for the regular season and we made the playoffs. Unfortunately I suffered a knee injury in December which progressively got worse. Halfway through the second round things deteriorated and I started getting very sharp pain, then the inevitable happened and I had to make a decision to stop as I could not run. I offered to stay and support my team mates in the playoffs, who were all such beautiful girls but the team management said I could head back to Melbourne and get it fixed. I jetted in on Sunday and had surgery last night (Monday). I'm pleased as David Young my surgeon is telling me that both operations on my Achilles and Knee went well and he expects I will make a full recovery. My knee injury was found to be a lateral meniscus tear and was torn off the bone, which was upsetting to hear because it is a long recovery time. But he assures me that my joints are wonderful and he expects me to play till I'm 40.
I just now need to rest and recover and do some rehab.
Great to be back even though I'm going to be hobbling around for a while!
Love Lauren x
» Edited Tuesday, 11 February, 2014 (Originally posted Sun, 9 Feb)
It's finals time in the WCBA
The top eight teams are ready for the WCBA playoffs. With their 7th place finish on the regular season ladder, Heilongjiang Shenda will meet 2nd seed Shanghai in the quarter finals. The best of three series will begin on Tuesday (Feb 11) in Heilongjiang; Game 2 in Shanghai on Thursday, and if needed, Game 3 in Shanghai on Saturday.
With Lauren back in Australia for surgery (more info to come), Heilongjiang face a challenging series. Silvia Fowles has had a strong season and brings some great form into the quarter finals for Shanghai. In their last game of the regular season, Fowles' 30 points and 17 boards helped the Shanghai Octopus to a comfortable 87-70 win over Bayi. 黑龙江加油!
» Saturday, 1 February, 2014
Happy Chinese New Year! Wishing everyone a prosperous 2014 Year of the Horse.
» Saturday, 18 January, 2014
It's down to the last few games of the WCBA regular season and Heilongjiang will be looking to finish strongly as the playoffs loom. A couple of tough road wins to start the new year has placed the team positively for a solid run home.
Maya Moore's Shanxi have been dominant all season and are in prime position to take out the minor premiership. Heilongjiang and Shanxi will battle it out again in the last round of the regular season.
- Lauren's stats
» Friday, 3 January, 2014
WCBA All-Star Voting
Voting for the 2014 WCBA North v South All-Star has begun!
Lauren is on the North team ballot as a Center and you can vote daily until January 20.
How to vote:
- Head to the All-Star voting page on the WCBA site
- The ballot is split into two tabs for Southern District (南区) and North (北区). Lauren is on the North tab under Center.
- To vote for a player, tap the grey 'Her election' (选她) button under their profile picture.
- After selecting a player, a pinkish side panel will appear on the left/right of your screen with your selection. Continue to select players to fill out your All-Star teams. (Lauren's teammates Ji Yanyan and Zhang He are on the ballot as Forwards).
- When you're ready to submit, tap the grey 'Vote' (投票) button in the side panel.
- A browser dialogue box will then appear saying "投票成功" which means your vote has been submitted.
For each team, you can vote for five players - 2 guards, 2 forwards, 1 centre. A maximum of two foreign players will be in the starting line-up for each side. (Please note for some online translations, 'Guards' are referred to as 'Defenders'.)
» Wednesday, 1 January, 2014
黑龙江 v 沈部
Happy New Year!
Heilongjiang Shenda celebrated New Year's Eve with a 74-71 win over the Shenyang Golden Lions. After three straight losses Heilongjiang regrouped for their last game of the year, focusing their attack inside the arc, and Lauren was dominant with 35 points and 12 boards.
- Lauren's stats
» Sunday, 29 December, 2013
黑龙江 v 辽宁
Halfway through the 2013/14 WCBA season and Heilongjiang Shenda are sitting precariously in the middle of the ladder with a 6-6 record. Last night they fell to Liaoning province 62-76 after shooting just 8/33 from long range. In contrast, Liaoning were much more selective with their three-point attempts and won the game at the free throw line.
Ji Yanyan led Shenda's scoring with 22 points. Lauren Jackson pulled in her sixth double double of the season with 18 points and 13 boards. She also dished a season-high 5 assists.
- Lauren's stats
Around the league, Maya Moore recorded another 50+ points performance to keep Shanxi undefeated; Liz Cambage top-scored with 36 in Beijing's win; Britney Griner had an impressive 33 points, 17 boards, 7 blocks plus a dunk in Zhejiang's win over Shanghai.
» Wednesday, 25 December, 2013
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday season!
Over in the WCBA, Heilongjiang Shenda faced the defending Champions Shanxi Flame on Christmas Eve in a tight game. Shanxi maintained their perfect record with an 83-78 win behind 51 points from Maya Moore. Shenda were competitive in the close contest with Lauren's 34 points and 13 boards; Ji Yanyan added 26 points.
Earlier in the week, Shenda also fell to second ranked Beijing. Liz Cambage dominated the game with 54 points on 22/27 shooting.
» Sunday, 15 December, 2013
黑龙江 v 云南
Heilongjiang's three game skid has been appeased by a 79-70 win at home over Yunnan. Even with Yunnan struggling towards the bottom of the ladder and yet to record a win, they managed cut a 14-point halftime deficit to just 8 heading into the final quarter. However, Heilongjiang steadied for a much needed win and keeps them in touch with the top three teams. Lauren tallied 21 points, 8 boards and 3 blocks. Ji Yanyan top-scored with 34.
- Lauren's stats
Elsewhere around the WCBA, Maya Moore's 42 point haul kept Shanxi undefeated and on top of the ladder. Liz Cambage is also having another strong season with 30 points in Beijing's win over Guangdong.
» Sunday, 8 December, 2013
八一 v 黑龙江
Heilongjiang have dropped their second game in a row, falling 87-103 to Bayi on the road. Even with 32 points and 13 rebounds from Lauren, Heilongjiang found it difficult on Bayi's home court.
The job doesn't get any easier next week with another away game. On Tuesday the team travels to Zhejiang who currently hold a 3-3 record; Brittney Griner dropped 38 points for Zhejiang on Saturday night.
- Lauren's stats
» Thursday, 5 December, 2013
After winning their opening four games, Heilongjiang were handed their first loss of the season on Tuesday. The in-form Sylvia Fowles and her Shanghai team powered their way to a 100-72 result. Ji Yanyan led Heilongjiang with 32 points and Lauren added 16, but it wasn't enough to overcome Shanghai's 64% shooting from the floor.
Despite the loss, Heilongjiang have already surpassed last season's total wins.
» Sunday, 24 November, 2013
Heilongjiang opened their season on Tuesday with a 73-69 away win over Liaoning and they've backed it up by winning their home opener last night. The 93-73 victory over the Shenyang Golden Lions saw Lauren and Ji Yanyan display their offensive prowess with 30 and 36 points respectively. Superstar Ji also dished 13 assists whilst LJ cleaned up with 13 boards.
- Lauren's stats
» Sunday, 17 November, 2013
The WCBA season is almost here! The 2013/04 season kicks off on Tuesday Nov 19 (10.30pm AEDT) when Lauren Jackson will make her debut for Heilongjiang Shenda against Liaoning province. Check out the Tracker section for Heilongjiang's schedule.
A number of other WNBA players will be in the WCBA this season, headlined by Maya Moore who led Shanxi to victory last season. Liz Cambage will be playing for Beijing; Sylvia Fowles for Shanghai; and Brittney Griner for Zhejiang.
In other Aussie-related basketball news, the Phoenix Mercury have named Opals legend Sandy Brondello as their new head coach. Brondello is currently an assistant coach for the uber talented UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russia.