Brunson in 2012
|No. 32 – Minnesota Lynx|
December 11, 1981|
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||185 lb (84 kg)|
|High school||Oxon Hill (Oxon Hill, Maryland)|
|WNBA draft||2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall|
|Selected by the Sacramento Monarchs|
|2007–2010||Taranto Cras Basket|
|2010–2011||Ros Casares Valencia|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at WNBA.com|
Rebekkah Brunson (born December 11, 1981) is an American basketball forward for the Minnesota Lynx of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). As of 2018, Brunson holds the WNBA record for rebounding.
She was born in Washington, D.C. and attended Oxon Hill High School in Maryland. Brunson graduated from Georgetown University 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.
Brunson is currently the only player to win 5 WNBA championships.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
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. She was later named to the 2011 WNBA All-Star game, and started in place of an injured Candace Parker.
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.
In 2015, Brunson would win her fourth WNBA championship with the Lynx as they defeated the Indiana Fever in five games.
Following a finals loss in 2016 to the Los Angeles Sparks, Brunson would be selected into the 2017 WNBA All-Star Game, replacing an injured Brittney Griner, making it her fourth career all-star game appearance. As of 2017, Brunson also became the all-time league leader in career offensive rebounds.
Later on in the 2017 season, Brunson became the first player in league history to win 5 WNBA championships, as the Lynx defeated the Los Angeles Sparks in five games, avenging the previous year's Finals loss.
In 2018, Brunson would pass Tamika Catchings and become the league's all-time rebounding leader with 3,317. Also in 2018, Brunson was announced as an all-star replacement for Nneka Ogwumike in the 2018 WNBA All-Star Game, making it her fifth all-star appearance. The Lynx finished 18-16 with the number 7 seed and lost in the first round elimination game to the Los Angeles Sparks, ending their streak of three consecutive finals appearances. Brunson also missed the playoffs due to injury.
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 played with Dynamo Kursk, along with Lynx teammate Seimone Augustus from 2013 to 2016.
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.
Brunson was one of 21 finalists for the 2012 U.S. Women’s Olympic Basketball Team Roster. The 20 professional women's basketball players, 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.
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.
WNBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game||RPG||Rebounds per game|
|APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game||BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game|
|TO||Turnovers per game||FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|Bold||Career high||League leader|
|†||Denotes seasons in which Brunson won a WNBA championship|
|Career||15 years, 2 teams||453||368||25.2||.466||.341||.692||7.4||1.1||1.0||0.6||1.4||9.2|
|Career||11 years, 2 teams||81||66||27.0||.447||.091||.726||7.0||1.4||0.9||0.7||1.3||8.4|
- Andrews, Julian (July 5, 2018). "Rebekkah Brunson Becomes WNBA's All-Time Leading Rebounder". NBA Media Ventures. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
- "Women's Basketball Player stats". NCAA. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
- Brunson Is 1st Lynx Player To Win Player Of Month. Minnesota.cbslocal.com (July 6, 2011). Retrieved on 2016-05-19.
- Minnesota's Rebekkah Brunson Selected to Start for Western Conference in 2011 WNBA All-Star Game presented by adidas. Wnba.com. Retrieved on May 19, 2016.
- WNBA Finals: Game 3 Recap. Startribune.com (October 11, 2013). Retrieved on 2016-05-19.
- Rebekkah Brunson Career in Photos
- Sparks' Nneka Ogwumike to miss All-Star Game, replaced by Rebekkah Brunson
- Lynx’s winter jobs. Startribune.com (October 14, 2013). Retrieved on 2016-05-19.
- "Fourteenth Pan American Games – 2003". USA Basketball. Feb 20, 2014. Archived from the original on September 7, 2015. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
- "Twenty-One Finalists In The Mix For Final 2012 U.S. Women's Olympic Basketball Team Roster". USA Basketball. February 13, 2012. Archived from the original on February 16, 2012. Retrieved February 13, 2012.
- Rebekkah Brunson. wnba.com
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Rebekkah Brunson.|