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Brummel, Lisa

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"Basketball was the first sport I ever played," says Lisa Brummel. “I love the combination of teamwork and individual excellence."

Lisa began playing basketball in third grade pick-up games with the boys’ in the neighborhood. She played high school ball for Coach Elaine Sortino at Staples High School in Westport where she earned MVP and FCIAC first team honors all three years. Lisa was named to the All-State Team in 1977 and was the first Staples player to exceed 1000 career points.

Brummel exhibited her love of basketball at Yale University where she played for Coaches Louise O'Neal and Maggie Muldoon from 1977 to 1981. Chosen Most Valuable Player all four years at Yale, Lisa was also named to the All-Ivy League 1st Team four years in a row. In 1979, when Yale won the Ivy League Championship, Brummel was named Ivy League Most Valuable Player. In 1981, she was selected Academic All-American.

Lisa still holds Yale’s second highest single season scoring average (18.2ppg, ’78-’79). She remains in the top 5 for scoring average (14.5ppg), field goals made (511), field goal percentage (.488), and free throws attempted (516). She tallied 1361 career points while pulling down 509 rebounds.

Drafted in the third round by the Dallas Diamonds of the WBL (Women's Basketball League), Lisa Brummel now is co-owner of the WNBA's Seattle Storm. Brummel revels in her Seattle Storm's 2010 WNBA Championship Title.

A multi-sport athlete at Yale, Brummel lettered in basketball, softball, volleyball, and track. She was catcher for the Raybestos Brakettes from 1976-'78 when the Brakettes were ASA National Champs and then WSA World Champs.

Brummel was awarded the George H. W. Bush Lifetime of Leadership Award at Yale and was named to the Ivy League's Silver Anniversary Honor Roll in softball. She reminds young players that, "Everything you learn on the court, you will use in life."

Lisa Brummel is currently Chief People Officer for Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Washington.

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