The defending WNBA champion Seattle Storm re-signed All-Star forward Lauren Jackson today.

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SEATTLE – The defending WNBA champion Seattle Storm re-signed All-Star forward Lauren Jackson today.

Jackson led the league in scoring last season, averaging 20.5 points a game, leading Seattle to the WNBA title. It was the first professional sports title for Seattle since the SuperSonics won the NBA championship in 1979.

Seattle beat Connecticut 2-1 in the best-of-three championship finals.

Jackson was the first overall pick in the 2001 WNBA draft. She was the 2003 league MVP and is a three-time WNBA all-star.

She was also a member of the Australian National Team that won silver at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

Jackson had surgery during the offseason to repair a damaged ligament and remove bone spurs from her right ankle. She did not play with the Canberra Capitals in Australia’s Women’s National Basketball League this past season.

“I feel more rested this year since I didn’t play in Australia last fall, and I aim to have a healthy and productive 2005 season with the Storm,” Jackson said.

Seattle’s next season begins May 21.