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Jenni Screen

The Adelaide Lightning's Jenni Screen was named ourWNBL.com's Player of the Week for Round 7. Her outstanding performance against Perth included 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in a rare triple double. ourWNBL.com caught up with Jenni a day after her magnificent game.

(ourWNBL was a fan site run by Shawn and Misch back in 2004)


Congratulations on your incredible game last night. You, of course, had a triple double with an efficiency rating of 33.

I did not even realise that I was close to a triple double, I just wanted to win!! It is a pretty awesome feat and one I will remember for a long time as they don't come around that often! If only we could play like that every week! [Hehehe]
Credit must go to my teammates however as they are the ones putting the ball in the hole for me!

Now, I want to be sure I get this right. Is it Jenni or Jennifer?

Either, or. It really doesn't matter. If you were to ask my mother especially when I'm in trouble it is Jennifer, but my father prefers Jenni and well my friends call me Screeny, so take your pick!

How has the Lightning coaching transition been? From Jan Stirling to Chris Lucas?

Both Jan and Chris are similar in the fact that they both are very dedicated individuals that want the best from their players. You can never replace a Jan Stirling. She is an impeccable woman, but in saying that Chris is finding the transition pretty good as are the players.
He is learning and taking it all in his stride. We collectively help one another out on different things which has been a real positive. The girls are embracing him well and as each week progresses we get more and more comfortable with the change.

So far this season, which WNBL team has impressed you the most?

Sydney and Dandenong are always going to be tough but Bulleen, I think are probably the stand outs so far! Which is good for them as players as well as their club.

Do you have any pregame rituals or superstitions?

I don't know if you call it a superstition, but before every game I shower and this may sound strange, but I also brush my teeth!! I also warm up in tracksuit pants. It could be 40 degrees, but I still warm up in trackies, till the national anthem is sung! Don't ask my why, it has just become habit rather than rituals over the years.

How is Sam Woosnam doing?

Sammy is a tough chick and has a heart of gold. She is travelling remarkably well and is making steady progress day by day. We miss her out on the court she is now contributing in other ways on the sideline. She is a strong and determined girl and will be back ready for next season!

Are you adjusting well to the smaller size basketball?

Well I must be liking it, with all the assists that are coming my way [Hehehe]!! No it really hasn't bothered me at all. After a while like anything it just becomes the norm! It does make the women's game more entertaining though.

Tell me about this Backyard Blitz with Tracey Braithwaite.

Well it was more than a Backyard Blitz. It was more of DIY, meets Backyard Blitz, meets the WNBL!! I decided that for Tracey and Ben's wedding present that if I collect/raise enough money from people who were invited to the wedding as well as from sponsors then we could maybe do a nursery (as they were expecting), for them whilst they were on their honeymoon! Well one room turned into every room bar their bedroom, being stripped, washed, resealed, painted and decorated with new furniture. I raised $6000, from friends, family even players from interstate and overseas and then our sponsors such as Evright Trophies supplied materials and an electrician, Henley Properties laid a new lawn out the front and an awesome patio out the back and Distinctive Homes supplied 80L of paint, carpet and a tip bin!

All the Lightning girls including Jan Stirling and our manager Margie were there everyday on a roster for two weeks. My dad even flew over from Newcastle, NSW, to do most of the handy man jobs. Anyone that knows Tracey and Ben well would understand the job that was in store for us, but they are well worth it.

They are two of my closest friends and have been a huge part of the Adelaide Lightning program for a very long time. The end product was amazing, way better than what you see on the TV shows.

Baby Bowyn now has the best nursery going round!! It was a great experience although I don't think that I will be doing it again anytime soon!

What goals have you set for yourself this year?

This is a new challenge for me especially since I am now co-captain with Sam, I am really focused on trying to be more consistent week to week and lead by example for our team.
Apart from that I really just want to enjoy the game again, considering my last couple of seasons have been riddle with injury!

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