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Australia also adds Mercury's Taylor to roster

7/20/2004

SYDNEY, Australia -- WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson was selected to
Australia's Olympic basketball team that will compete in Athens
next month.

Jackson, 23, was the first international player and the youngest
to win the league MVP award when she starred last season for the
Seattle Storm. She helped Australia earn the silver medal at the
Sydney Olympics in 2000.

Phoenix Mercury forward Penny Taylor, a WNBA All-Star in 2002,
was the league's only other player chosen to play for Australia.

"Lauren and Penny form a vital part of the equation for this
team," coach Jan Stirling said. "They each represent the talented
experienced players and the talented newcomers."

Sandy Brondello, who played five seasons in the WNBA, will be
competing at her fourth Olympics. The 36-year-old guard made her
Olympic debut at Seoul in 1988 and has played 286 games for
Australia.