Rebekkah Brunson sometimes gets overlooked, playing with Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen in Minnesota, but the 6-foot-2 power forward was instrumental again in Game Two, with 12 points and 10 rebounds, nine of which were in the first half, for her second double-double of the playoffs.
“We haven’t done anything yet,” Brunson said. “We still have a lot of games to play, but we took advantage of home court, we just approach it like any other game, we get everybody involved and take the shots that are available. We want to be aggressive, we want to be hungry, we’ll see what happens.”
Brunson, 31, passed former teammateTaj McWilliams-Franklin for career Finals games played with her 18th, between two series with the Sacramento Monarchs and the past three with the Lynx. She is seeking her thrid championship.
“That’s crazy,” Brunson said, “but I’m extremely blessed, I’m blessed to be on amazing teams. When I was drafted, I was drafted by Sacramento, and they had a really good team, being around some amazing players. Getting to the Finals is not by myself, more importantly it has to do with the women I’ve played around, so give it to them.”
Fifth in the WNBA in rebounding this season at nine per game, Brunson was named second-team all-defensive and was an All-Star for the fourth time.
OTHER NOTES FROM THE WNBA FINALS
· Atlanta rookie Alex Bentley’s seven points were her career playoff high. Coming out of Penn State, Bentley was a member of the All-Rookie team, and in June, set a league-record 10-consecutive three pointers.
“Making and missing shots is all a part of the game,” Bentley said. “Some nights you are going to be on, and some nights you are going to be off. When we’re off, we need to find different ways to score.”
· Game One of the Finals registered a 14 percent increase in television viewership, up from 340,000 to 390,000 on Sunday, despite the blowout and competition from the baseball playoffs.
· Lindsay Whalen, the Finals all-time assists leader, is only seven dimes short of tying Ticha Penicheiro for the career playoff record of 204.
· The Dream will be kicked off its homecourt for Game Three, which has shifted from Philips Arena to the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga., to accommodate Disney on Ice.
· Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve (18-5) passed former Phoenix Mercury coach Paul Westhead (7-2) for the highest postseason winning percentage in league history.