Rebekkah Brunson

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Rebekkah Brunson
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WNBA's Minnesota Lynx  – No. 32
Forward
Born (1981-12-11) December 11, 1981 (age 32)
Washington D.C.
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg)
College Georgetown
Draft 10th overall, 2004
Sacramento Monarchs
WNBA career 2004–present
Non-WNBA career 2004–present
Profile WNBA player profile
WNBA teams
Sacramento Monarchs (2004–2009)
Minnesota Lynx (2010–present)
Non-WNBA teams
Dexia Namur (2004-2006)
Dynamo Kursk (2006-2007)
Taranto Cras Basket (2007-2010)
Ros Casares Valencia (2010-2011)
Nadezhda Orenburg (2011-2012)
USK Praha (2012-2013)
Dynamo Kursk (2013-present)
Awards and honors
WNBA All-Star (2007, 2011, 2013)
WNBA All-Defensive First Team (2011)
WNBA Champion (2005, 2011, 2013)

Rebekkah Brunson (born December 11, 1981) is a basketball player playing forward for the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx. Brunson played for the Georgetown University women's basketball team in college.

Brunson was born in Washington, D.C. and attended Oxon Hill High School in Maryland.

Brunson graduated from Georgetown in 2004 as its women's basketball program's all-time leading rebounder. She also played on the U.S. team in the 2003 Pan American Games.

WNBA career[edit]

The Sacramento Monarchs chose Brunson in the 1st round of the 2004 WNBA Draft as the tenth overall pick. She played in Sacramento for six seasons and contributed to the Monarchs' 2005 WNBA Championship victory. She led the league in offensive rebounds per game (3.9) and total offensive rebounds (130) for the 2007 regular season.

After the Monarchs suspended operations in the fall of 2009, the Minnesota Lynx acquired Brunson in a dispersal draft.

In 2011, Brunson tied a WNBA record with six consecutive double-doubles, and was named WNBA Player of the Month for June, the first member of the Lynx to be so honored.[1] She was later named to the 2011 WNBA All-Star game, and started in place of an injured Candace Parker.[2] Brunson led the Lynx in field goal percentage and rebounds in a year where the team had the best record in the WNBA. She was honored with her first appearance on the WNBA All-Defensive First Team; she had earned second-team honors three previous times. The Lynx would go on to win the 2011 WNBA Championship.

Brunson won her third league title in 2013. Brunson again made the All-Star Game, starting in place of the injured Brittney Griner. Brunson set the career mark for rebounds in the Finals, with 130, breaking the record held by former teammate Taj McWilliams-Franklin. She also broke McWilliams-Franklin's record for Finals games played, with 19.[3]

Overseas career[edit]

During WNBA offseasons, Brunson has played for Taranto, an Italian professional basketball team, for the Dynamo team based in Russia, and Dexia Namur, a professional club in Belgium, and for Nadezhda team based in Orenburg, Russia. She then played for USK Prague, with which she won the Czech League title (4-2 vs BK Brno) and reached the Women's Euroleague Top 16. She is currently playing with Dynamo Kursk, along with Lynx teammate Seimone Augustus.[4]

USA Basketball[edit]

Brunson was named to the team representing the USA at the 2003 Pan American Games. The team lost the opening game to Cuba, then rebounded to win their next five games, including an overtime win against Brazil. They then faced Cuba for the gold medal, falling short 75–64 to take home the silver medal. Brunson shot 57% from the field, and ended up as the leading scorer as well as the leading rebounder for the USA team.[5]

Brunson was one of 21 finalists for the 2012 U.S. Women’s Olympic Basketball Team Roster. The 20 professional women's basketball payers, plus one collegiate player (Brittney Griner), were selected by the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Player Selection Committee to compete for the final roster which will represent the USA at the 2012 Olympics in London.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Brunson established and manages the 32 Foundation (named for her jersey number), which sponsors academic and athletic opportunities for youth in the metropolitan DC area.[7]

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