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Lauren Jackson leads Australia into worlds

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Lauren Jackson scored a team-high 21 points to lead Australia to an 84-66 win over New Zealand on Sunday and into a place at next year's world basketball championships in Turkey.

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The Seattle Storm star is sitting out the WNBA season this year after undergoing surgery on her right hamstring in January for a chronic injury.

The game Sunday was her second since returning from the injury layoff, appearing in the two-game, total-point Oceania series against New Zealand.

The four-time Olympic medalist with Australia - including a bronze at last year's London Games - and three-time WNBA MVP has not played a full season in the league since 2010 when Seattle won its second championship.

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