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Lynx Sign All-Star Forward Rebekkah Brunson to Multi-Year Contract Extension

September 1, 2011 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) - Minnesota Lynx News Release

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Lynx today announced the team has signed All-Star forward Rebekkah Brunson to a multi-year contract extension. Brunson, who enters Friday's game third in the league in rebounding, would have been a free agent after the 2011 season. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Brunson, an eight-year WNBA veteran, ranks as one of the WNBA's best rebounders, hauling in a career average of 7.1 rebounds per game -- 14th all-time -- over 252 career games, 167 starts. She's pulled down at least 7.1 rebounds per game in each of her last five seasons, including a career-high 10.3 rpg last season, which ranked second in the league. Brunson averaged 11.3 ppg to go along with her 10.3 rebounds a season ago, making her the eighth player in WNBA history to average a double-double over a full season. Brunson, who owns the Lynx franchise record for career double-doubles with 18, recorded six straight performances of 10+ points and 10+ rebounds to start the 2011 season, tying a WNBA record. Over her career, the Washington, DC native has totaled 46 double-doubles, which ranks 11th all-time in WNBA history.

"We are very happy to announce the signing of one of the WNBA's best rebounders, Rebekkah Brunson, to a multi-year contract extension," said Roger Griffith, Lynx Executive Vice President. "She's one of the cornerstones of our team and has played a vital role in our success this season. She plays with such a relentless intensity that is so much fun for our fans to watch. We're thrilled that she's decided to continue her career in Minnesota and we look forward to having her in a Lynx uniform for many years to come."

Originally acquired by the Lynx in a dispersal draft involving Sacramento Monarchs players, Brunson has played parts of two seasons with Minnesota, recording averages of 11.0 points and 9.8 rebounds over 60 games in a Lynx uniform. Brunson shattered every single-season franchise rebounding record a season ago, totaling 310 rebounds, 120 of which were on the offensive end, 190 on the defensive side. Brunson is on pace this season to surpass her totals from a year ago in defensive and total rebounds.

"I'm really happy to be able to continue my career with the Lynx," said Brunson. "I love the Twin Cities and truly want to thank all the fans for the support they've given me and my teammates this year. Obviously this season has been really special and we hope to bring home a championship for the fans."

Through 30 games this season, all starts, Brunson is averaging 10.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game while shooting a career-high 51.8 percent from the floor, which ranks 6th in the league. Brunson became the first player in Lynx history to earn Player of the Month honors when she was named the Western Conference Player of the Month in June after averaging 12.1 points and a league-high 11.7 rebounds per game for the month. She has also been named Player of the Week twice this season.

Brunson, who won a WNBA Championship with Sacramento in 2005, holds career averages of 9.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. A two-time WNBA All-Star, Brunson has been named to three All-Defensive Teams in her career, including last year with the Lynx. She was originally drafted 10th overall in the 2004 WNBA Draft by Sacramento.

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