Gannon Hall of Fame
Things haven’t slowed down a bit for Christina Jackson. The former Gannon women’s basketball standout is in the midst of her first professional season, playing for the Perik Jumpers in Holland.
Jackson has averaged 17 points and 8.5 rebounds in 11 games, leading Perik to a 5-6 record. The Jumpers sit in fifth place in the nine-team league.
“I have enjoyed my time in Holland,” said Jackson. “It has been a great opportunity to experience life outside of the United States, especially while doing something I love to do.
“I’m glad that I decided to pursue basketball at the professional level. I also want to thank all the booster members who supported our program during my years at Gannon. I wouldn’t have been able to succeed as a professional athlete without their help.”
Each team in the league is allowed to have two American players. The Jumpers are currently on pace to play in the playoffs as the top six teams advance to post-season play.
“The style of play is a little different here,” noted Jackson. “The first option is always a fast break. The European coaches do not like the players dribbling up court, but would rather see the long passes in an attempt to get a fast-break lay-up.”
Jackson was a three-time All-American at Gannon, playing for the Lady Knights from 2004-07. The forward is one of two players in school history, female or male, to record 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 200 steals, and 100 blocked shots during her career. She ranks second all-time at Gannon in rebounding (1,072) and third in scoring (1,912).
Christina Jackson ’07 (Women’s Basketball) was one of the most dominant and athletic women’s basketball post players in school history. A three-time All-American, Jackson’s career numbers are staggering. She ranks second all-time at Gannon in rebounds (1,072), second in rebounding average (9.0), second in free throws made (455), third in points (1,912), third in field goals made (727), fifth in scoring average (16.1), fifth in blocked shots (108), sixth in games played (119), eighth in field goal percentage (.522) and seventh in steals (226).
Jackson was named to the 2005 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), the 2006 Division II Bulletin Preseason and the 2007 WBCA All-America honorable-mention teams. She concluded her career by being named 2007 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Player of the Year after being an All-GLIAC first-team selection and a GLIAC All-Tournament selection three times each. Jackson also landed a spot on the GLIAC All-Defensive first team twice. She led Gannon to the GLIAC Championship and the second round of the NCAA Tournament as a senior.