In the fourth-quarter of Thursday night’s contest against the Los Angeles Sparks, Rebekkah Brunson passed Tamika Catchings and claimed the WNBA’s all-time rebounding record. Brunson now has 3318 career rebounds.
If there’s a single play on the basketball court that exemplifies Brunson it’s the rebound. It’s not flashy, it doesn’t make highlight reels, and it’s absolutely essential. You cannot win without rebounding the ball.
Brunson has always been known for doing the dirty work for her teams. She’s always hustling for loose balls, boxing out opposing players, and generally making life harder for her opponents and easier for her teammates. But the ways in which Brunson changes the game for the Lynx don’t always show up in the stat sheet. Setting the all-time rebounding record is impressive in its own right, but it’s also a fitting piece of recognition for a player who isn’t always recognized as she should be.
Brunson is far from done. As the season goes on, she’ll likely put the record even farther out of reach. Future generations of WNBA stars will remember Brunson for much more than her incredible work on the boards, but now she’s etched her name in the record book.