– Former Georgetown women's basketball standout and Minnesota Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson has been named by WNBA President Lisa Borders to replace Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike in Verizon WNBA All-Star 2018. Brunson will take Ogwumike's spot on Team Parker. Ogwumike, selected to Team Parker by captain Candace Parker of Los Angeles, will be sidelined due to illness.
This is her fifth appearance in the all-star game and the second in as many years after earning a nod a season ago. Brunson has made headlines in the past year passing Tamika Catchings to become the WNBA's all-time leading rebounder. Additionally, she won her fifth-career WNBA title in 2017 with the Lynx setting the league record for most titles in a career.
This season, the 14-year veteran is averaging 7.3 ppg and 7.4 rpg to rank second on the squad. Brunson has started all 22 games she has appeared in this season.
Brunson was Georgetown's first women's basketball All-American and 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 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 four with the Lynx. Additionally, she has now been a five-time All-Star and named Second Team All-Defense on five occasions, including this past season, along with a nod to the first team in 2011. With the Lynx, Brunson holds every rebounding record in the organization's history and holds the WNBA record for career rebounds. She also ranks in the top 10 in career double-doubles for the league.
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.
Team Delle Donne and Team Parker will meet in the 15th WNBA All-Star Game on Saturday, July 28 at Target Center in Minneapolis. ABC and SiriusXM NBA Radio will broadcast the game live at 3:30 p.m. ET.
In other WNBA news, former Hoya Sugar Rodgers has also been contributing for the New York Liberty. Rodgers is averaging 5.4 ppg to go along with 2.6 rpg. She has 25 3-pointers on the season giving her 249 for her WNBA career and recently moved into the top four all-time in franchise history from downtown.