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An ugly hip injury in late June put the season of Seattle Storm star Lauren Jackson in jeopardy.

Jackson, however, appears on the verge of proving she is a very quick healer in addition to a tremendous all-around talent.

The three-time WNBA MVP could be available as the Storm look to avoid a season high-tying third straight defeat in a matchup with the New York Liberty on Saturday night.

Jackson suffered a torn labrum in her left hip June 21, undergoing surgery nine days later that was expected to keep her out eight to 12 weeks. While not yet at full strength, she has been practicing with the team and created a stir when she dressed in warmups for an 81-79 loss at Phoenix on Tuesday.

Jackson's last hurdle is getting clearance from doctors to return to game action.

"She's moving very well," coach Brian Agler, whose club has dropped four of five, told the Storm's official website. "She's been working at it. She's done more than just rehab the hip. She's really gone back to work in terms of getting in shape and working on her skills. She's shot the ball a lot the last three or four weeks. It's been good."

After scoring 15 points during a season-opening 78-71 win over the Mercury on June 4, Jackson averaged 7.7 points over her next four games - 11.6 less than her career mark.

"I sense Lauren being hungrier now than she was maybe earlier in the year," Agler said. "Sometimes, negative things get your attention. She went through it. Something was taken away from her. Now she's got the opportunity to get it back and I think she wants to take full advantage of it."

Jackson has done just that against the Liberty of late, averaging 20.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in her two most recent matchups.

Seattle (13-12) had taken three straight from New York prior to shooting 30.9 percent from the floor and losing 58-56 to the Liberty on Aug. 9.

Cappie Pondexter put New York (15-11) up for good with 41 seconds left in that game, and she also came up big during an 84-81 overtime victory over Connecticut on Thursday. Her fall away jumper with 24.3 seconds remaining in the extra period was the winning basket.

"I want the ball with the game on the line," said Pondexter, who finished with 27 points. "I'm a scorer and a winner. I'm willing to do whatever is necessary to win. If I have to score, I'll do it. I want to put the team on my shoulders and bring it home."

Pondexter, who ranks near the top of the league with 18.3 points per game, is averaging 27.6 and 49.2 percent shooting over her last three contests.

"What can you say about Cappie?" said coach John Whisenant, who recorded the 100th win of his WNBA coaching career. "She's definitely an MVP candidate. She plays up every game with the game on the line. She practices hard and plays hard."

The Liberty have dropped three straight and four of five on the road. The Storm had taken eight in a row at home before falling 92-63 to Atlanta last Saturday.

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