Superstar Jackson holds court after two years
The Capitals will welcome back Lauren Jackson this weekend. Photo: Karleen Minney
It's the winning record unmatched in WNBL history and will give Lauren Jackson's rivals nightmares as she attempts to continue an ''insanely incredible'' dominance in her comeback on Friday night.
As if Jackson's career achievements weren't daunting already, The Canberra Times has obtained statistics which show the Capitals win more than 80 per cent of their games when the veteran is on the court.
Superstar Jackson will be injected into WNBL action for the first time in two years when the Capitals take on the Sydney Uni Flames at AIS Arena this week.
Since graduating from the AIS and joining the Capitals for the 1999-2000 season, Jackson has won 91 of her 113 games for Canberra.
She's won five titles and has only missed a grand final once in the seven seasons she's had with the Capitals.
The winning record is an ominous warning for the Flames, who are still searching for their first win of the season. The Capitals are expecting a bumper crowd for Jackson's return.
''It's hard for Loz because she sets such a high standard that you expect her to reach that in every game,'' legend Rachael Sporn, who played 377 WNBL games, said.
''I think we become complacent with just how good she is. Her consistency is extraordinary … she can still beat you and crush you.
''She's on another level, that winning percentage is insanely incredible and shows how much she's dominated. It's fitting Jackson is back to haunt the Flames.''
The Capitals and Flames formed a fierce rivalry a decade ago with Jackson leading Canberra to two out of three grand-final wins when the team's played for the championship.
She was most recently a thorn in the Flames' side when the Capitals ended Sydney's season in the 2009-10 semi-final.
Capitals coach Carrie Graf will ease Jackson back on to the court after recovering from back and hamstring problems, but expects her presence to be a massive boost.
The Capitals have won three of their five games this season without Jackson.
Graf said the challenge was ensuring the Capitals didn't become to Jackson-focused on the court.
That's easier said than done given just two Capitals - Jess Bibby and Carly Wilson - have played alongside the four-time Olympian, world champion and WNBA and WNBL most valuable player. Sydney coach Karen Dalton said her young team's focus was winning, not Jackson.
''I'm a big fan of Lauren and it's great to see her back playing, it's unfortunate that she's coming back against us though,'' Dalton said.
''She's a great player, one of the best in the world. She's going to do some special things and she's going to cause some problems.
''But hopefully there aren't too many special things on Friday.''
WNBL round five: Canberra Capitals v Sydney Uni Flames at AIS Arena, 7pm. Tickets available through Ticketek.