Australia also adds Mercury's Taylor to roster

Updated: July 20, 2004, 9:16 AM ET
Associated Press

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.

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