Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 9/27/12

BEIJING - AUGUST 09: (L-R) Suzie Batkovic # 8 and Lauren Jackson # 15 of Australia share a laugh after Australia defeated Belarus in the women's preliminary basketball game at the Beijing Olympic Basketball Gymnasium during day 1 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 9, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)
The Minnesota Lynx handled Seattle in all but one of their matchups this season, but the Storm's three-time WNBA MVP didn't play in any of those games.With Lauren Jackson back, the Lynx could face a stiffer challenge as they begin their quest for back-to-back league championships Friday night.Minnesota took three of four meetings with Seattle and beat the Storm twice by a combined 37 points during their league-record 10-0 start.That run ended with a 65-62 road loss to the Storm on June 17, but the Lynx won 86-73 at Seattle on Aug. 21.Minnesota (27-7) tied the team record for victories it set last year and finished one shy of matching the league mark for most in a season. The Lynx went 16-1 at home.Seattle won 28 games en route to the 2010 league title but went 16-18 this season, posting its fewest victories since a 10-22 effort in 2001 - its second year as a franchise.The struggles were likely due in part to Jackson's absence until Aug. 23, as she played for the Australian Olympic t...
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