July 11, 2016
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University women's basketball alumnae Rebekkah Brunson and Sugar Rodgers are both excelling with their respective teams this summer in the WNBA. Both are starting for their squads and are ranked among the league leaders.
Brunson is one of only three players on her team to have started all 20 games for the reigning WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx. She is currently averaging 6.7 ppg and 6.9 rpg as well as shooting an impressive 94.3 percent from the free throw line. Her free throw percentage is second in the league and she ranks 12th overall in the league in rebounding.
The Lynx are in second place in the Western Conference sitting at 16-4 overall
Brunson was Georgetown's first women's basketball All-American and was coached by current Hoya Head Coach Natasha Adair. She was also the second WNBA draft pick in program history, picked 10th overall in the 2004 draft by the Sacramento Monarchs.
At Georgetown, Brunson became the program's leading rebounder (1,093) and held the record for rebounds in a season with 336 in 2004 until 2014. She was 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 was 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 as well as three with the Lynx. Additionally, she has been a three-time All-Star and named Second Team All-Defense on four occasions along with a nod to the first team in 2011. 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 has worked her way into the starting lineup for the New York Liberty. She has started all 21 games and is fifth in the league in minutes with 682. Rodgers is second in scoring for the Liberty, averaging 16.1 ppg as well as 4.0 rpg. She has made 64 3-pointers this season to lead the WNBA, and sits at fifth in the league in 3-point percentage, hitting 44.1 percent.
Rodgers had a career-high 30 points in a 95-92 win at Minnesota last month, and hit six 3-pointers in a win against Dallas earlier this season.
The Liberty are currently leading the Eastern Conference with a mark of 15-6.
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 and a four-time First Team All-BIG EAST honoree.
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 in 2012-13).
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.
The WNBA will be on hiatus from July 23-August 24 as players will represent their country in the Rio Olympics. The playoffs will begin on Sept. 21. Both Brunson and Rodgers appeared in the playoffs a season ago.