Aug. 18, 2014
WASHINGTON - Former Georgetown University women's basketball standout Rebekkah Brunson signed a multi-year contract extension with the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA. Brunson has had an impressive career with the Lynx after four standout years on the Hilltop.
Brunson, an 11-year WNBA veteran, ranks as one of the league's best rebounders, pulling down an average of 8.1 rebounds to go along with 7.2 points per game in just 10 games this season after missing the first 23 games after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on her right knee. In her first game back, she registered a double-double with season-high 17 points and 12 rebounds. Brunson owns the Lynx franchise record for career double-doubles with 43 and has totaled 69 career double-doubles.
In her last full season, Brunson wrapped up her fourth year with the Lynx by playing in 33 games and averaging 10.6 points and a team-leading 8.9 rebounds per game in 2013. She was named to the WNBA's All-Defensive second team and started the 2013 WNBA All-Star Game, finishing with 11 points and 11 boards. Brunson tied her own franchise single-season record (set in 2010) with 12 double-doubles in 2013.
Brunson has moved into seventh place on the WNBA's all-time rebounding chart, surpassing Yolanda Griffith and Lauren Jackson. She also overtook Tamika Raymond (435) for first place on the club's career offensive rebounding list.
At Georgetown, Brunson played for new Hoya Head Coach Natasha Adair who was then an assistant with the program.
Brunson was Georgetown's first All-American, graduating in 2004. She was also the second WNBA draft pick in program history, picked 10th overall in the first round of the 2004 draft by the Sacramento Monarchs.
At Georgetown, Brunson became the program's leading rebounder (1,093) and set the then-record for rebounds in a season with 336 in 2004. She was an All-American as well as a four-time All-BIG EAST honoree and the 2004 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year.
Brunson and Sugar Rodgers are two Hoyas currently playing in the WNBA.