Brunson and Rodgers Win WNBA Championship
Oct. 11, 2013
WASHINGTON - Two former Georgetown University women's basketball stars brought home some hardware Thursday evening as the pair along with the rest of the Minnesota Lynx won the WNBA Championship with a 3-0 series sweep over the Atlanta Dream. Rebekkah Brunson and Sugar Rodgers were both on the part of the squad that won the title after an outstanding playoff run.
As a veteran in her 10th WNBA season, Brunson continued to show why she is one of the best in the league averaging 10. 6 ppg as well as a squad-best 10.1 rpg in the playoffs. Throughout the season, the full-time starter averaged 10.6 ppg while pulling down 8.9 rpg which put her atop the team as well as fifth in the league in boards.
Rodgers, a rookie, worked her way into the lineup all season fighting for minutes. After being drafted No. 14 overall in the 2013 WNBA Draft, Rodgers has been learning the Lynx system and working to see time on the court. During the playoff run, Rodgers appeared in five contests and during the regular season she saw action in 28 contests averaging 1.9 ppg ranking third on the team in 3-pointers with 10 to her credit.
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 holds the 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.
In her professional career, Brunson has played with teams in Spain, Italy, Russia and Belgium. She has been a two-time EuroLeague All-Star and her Russian team won the 2007 FIBA Women's EuroCup.
Brunson is a part of the United States National Team pool and won a gold medal with the U.S. squad in the FIBA Americas Tournament which qualified the squad for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She also won a silver medal with the national team at the 2003 USA Pan American Games.
In the WNBA, she won a league championship in 2005 with the Monarchs and has been a two-time All-Star. Brunson has also been named a Second Team All-Defense on three occasions. With the Lynx, Brunson holds every rebounding record in the organization's history. Brunson supports The 32 Foundation which she started to help at-risk teens in the Washington, D.C., area stay out of trouble and overcome obstacles in a place that could limit their growth or achievement.
Rodgers is the most decorated player in Georgetown women's basketball history with unprecedented accomplishments. She was a three-time Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American, a four-time First Team All-BIG EAST honoree and considered to be one of the best players in the nation four the past four years.
She was the only player in Georgetown history to earn First Team All-BIG EAST four times in her career and one of just two to be named All-BIG EAST all four years. Brunson was a two-time honorable mention honoree as a freshman and sophomore before being named to the first team as a junior and senior.
Rodgers is the all-time leading scorer with 2,518 points to her credit, making her the first women's player to surpass the 2,000-point mark as well as the first player in Georgetown history to go over 2,500 points, and the career leader in 3-pointers (346) and also holds the single-season record for points (711).
Despite her scoring prowess, she was not one dimensional holding the all-time steals record (326) as well as ranking 21st in blocks (43) and eighth in rebounds (674). The shooting guard was a stalwart for the Blue & Gray appearing in 130 games with 129 starts including 104 consecutively.
Thursday's victory was the second WNBA Championship in the past three years for the Lynx.
While Brunson's Monarchs jersey is the lone one on the women's jersey wall in McDonough Arena. Rodgers will soon become the second at the unveiling at Georgetown's Basketball Tip-Off on October 25.