MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Lynx today announced the team has re-signed forward Rebekkah Brunson. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“We are extremely happy that Rebekkah Brunson, one of the cornerstones of our franchise and the only player in league history with five WNBA Championships, will remain a Lynx,” said Lynx Head Coach and General Manager Cheryl Reeve. “From the moment she arrived in Minnesota, Rebekkah has been a vital part of our franchise both on and off the court. She’s a tireless worker and passionate leader and we are thrilled that she’s decided to continue her career with us.”
Brunson, a 14-year pro out of Georgetown University, is coming off one of her best seasons in 2017 where she averaged 10.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg and 1.5 apg in 26.9 mpg while shooting 44.9% from the floor and 71.1% from the free throw line. The 10.2 ppg scoring average was her best since she averaged 10.6 ppg in 2013. She connected on 34.8% (23-of-66) of her three-point attempts, having entered the season 2-for-12 from beyond the arc for her career. Brunson surpassed Tina Thompson (3,070) for third place on the league’s all-time rebounding list June 30 at Phoenix while finishing with 3,187 total career boards at the end of the season. She enters the 2018 season needing 130 rebounds to surpass Tamika Catchings (3,316) for the most rebounds in WNBA history.
Acquired by the Lynx in the dispersal draft of former Sacramento players on Dec. 14, 2009, Brunson averaged 9.5 ppg and 6.0 rpg in 27.9 mpg while starting all eight postseason contests in 2017 en route to becoming the first player to win five WNBA championships (four with Minnesota, one with Sacramento). She registered a pair of double-doubles in the 2017 playoffs, including an 18-point, 13-rebound performance in the Finals Game 4 win at Los Angeles (Oct. 1).
The four-time All-Star holds Lynx records as the franchise career leader in rebounds (1,989) and double-doubles (55) while ranking second in blocks (161) and fourth in steals (247).