#32 Becca Bruszewski
OVERVIEW: Team co-captain for 2010-11 … one of two returning starters this season … has started 57 games during the past two years … veteran who will be looked upon to offer leadership on the court and in the locker room … five-tool player whose biggest asset is her versatility, making her particularly dangerous in the Irish motion offense … equally adept at taking defenders on low block or shooting over them on perimeter … one of team[apos]s most efficient players, making the most of her court time on both offense and defense … strong fundamental base combined with excellent court IQ … hard-nosed, tenacious player who is not afraid to mix it up in the paint with bigger post players … well-conditioned athlete who takes advantage of that stamina in transition game … also possesses numerous intangible qualities including competitiveness and mental toughness … not intimidated by circumstances or surroundings, refusing to back down from any opponent at any time and rising to the challenge at every opportunity.
JUNIOR SEASON (2009-10): Appeared in 34 games, starting 26 times … ranked fourth on team in scoring (9.1 ppg.) and field goal percentage (.494) … also had one ‘5-5-5’ game (Louisville) … led the way in season opener vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, recording second career double-double (19p/10r) in just 22 minutes … got Irish off and running in win over Iona, scoring 11 of her 14 points in first half … posted first career ‘point-a-minute’ game to aid Paradise Jam victory over South Carolina with 11 points in 11 minutes … snared game-high seven rebounds along with seven points in Paradise Jam victory over #20/17 Oklahoma … played only 22 minutes vs. Eastern Michigan due to foul trouble, but still scored 14 points (6-8 FG) and grabbed six rebounds … paced Irish in win over IPFW with 18 points, five assists and career-high-tying four steals in 23 minutes … chalked up 11 points, seven rebounds and three assists in win over Valparaiso … did not play at Purdue (illness), snapping string of 43 consecutive starts and 48 consecutive games played; was only third missed game of her career (out with surgically-repaired broken finger – Feb. 27 & March 1, 2008 vs. South Florida and Seton Hall) … notched first ‘5-5-5’ game of career with five points, six rebounds and career-high seven assists (one turnover) at Louisville … returned to double figures with 10 points vs. Providence … played major role in win at Rutgers with 13 points (6-10 FG) in 20 minutes; also connected on three big baskets midway through second half as Irish protected single-digit lead … tossed in 10 points (5-9 FG) vs. Pittsburgh … continued resurgence with 14 points and game highs of eight rebounds and four assists in season-best 30 minutes at Cincinnati … exceptional effort in Pink Zone win over DePaul with career-high 25 points (on career-best 10-17 FG), including 19 points in second half … met the challenge in regular season finale vs. No. 1 Connecticut, coming off bench to share team-high scoring honors with 15 points (7-12 FG) in 22 minutes … entered as reserve in BIG EAST second-round win over Louisville, tossing in 10 points (4-7 FG) in 14 minutes … set the tone in NCAA first-round win over Cleveland State with 14 points (6-10 FG) in 17 minutes.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2008-09): Started all 31 games … ranking third on team in scoring (10.7 ppg.), second in both rebounding (5.0 rpg.) and field goal percentage (.487, 11th in BIG EAST) and tops in three-point percentage (.375) … in BIG EAST play, ranked 27th in conference in scoring (11.8 ppg.) … one double-double … made first career start in State Farm Tip-Off Classic at No. 24/22 LSU (six points … scored (then) career-high 18 points and added career-best four steals vs. Evansville … tallied another 18 points at Boston College, while notching career-best four assists … dished out career-high four assists with two blocks vs. No. 24 Michigan State … returned to double figures at Michigan with 10 points … tossed in 10 points and added career-high-tying four assists against Loyola-Chicago … tallied 12 points at Charlotte; hit critical baseline jumper with 55 seconds remaining (three on shot clock) and Irish protecting five-point lead … registered 12 points (10 in second half) and seven rebounds at No. 20/19 Vanderbilt; gave Irish lead for good on layup with 4:06 to play, followed by huge three-pointer 37 seconds later that helped complete ND[apos]s school-record 18-point comeback win … … chalked up 12 points at Marquette … collected 13 points in win over St. John[apos]s; also delivered assist on Erica Solomon[apos]s layup with 1:25 left that put Irish ahead for good … notched 15 points and seven rebounds in win over Cincinnati … shared team-high scoring honors at No. 22/24 Pittsburgh with 14 points, while ringing up career-high three blocks … recorded first career double-double in win over No. 25 DePaul, finishing with 14 points and career-high 12 rebounds; also put Irish ahead to stay on baseline jumper with 50 seconds remaining and added insurance free throw with 3.7 ticks left … tossed in 18 points vs. No. 10/12 Louisville … posted fifth consecutive double-figure scoring game with career-high 20 points at South Florida, hitting four free throws in 37-second span as part of game-ending 11-4 run (and career-best 8-of-8 performance at the charity stripe) … tied or set new career scoring high for third time in four games (sixth time on the season) with 20 points in win over Syracuse … rang up 16 points at Providence … carded 11 points and seven rebounds in regular-season finale vs. West Virginia … dropped in 11 points, adding team highs of seven rebounds and four assists in NCAA opener vs. Minnesota.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2007-08): Appeared in 32 games, averaging 5.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per game with team-high .558 field goal percentage (.600 in BIG EAST play) … made college debut in season opener vs. Miami (Ohio), scoring a late bucket and adding one assist … provided solid effort off the bench at No. 3 Maryland with four points, seven rebounds and two assists in 11 minutes … had best scoring day of young career at Central Michigan, dropping in game-high 13 points and grabbing four rebounds, all in second half … reached double digits for second consecutive game with 10 points and five rebounds in 11 minutes vs. Boston College … collected six points and season-high three steals against Canisius … made both of her shots (four points) and snared two rebounds at Purdue … scored five points and grabbed two rebounds in win over Valparaiso … tallied three points in victory at IUPUI … scored three points in 12 minutes vs. Saint Francis (Pa.) … tossed in seven points with two steals in 11 minutes at Richmond … battled well against No. 3 Tennessee, notching four points and season-high-tying seven rebounds in season-best 24 minutes … knocked down first career three-pointer in win at Louisville … registered five points and four rebounds at No. 16 West Virginia … made most of her nine minutes at Georgetown, scoring 10 points; second time she narrowly missed a ‘point-a-minute’ game (minimum of 10 minutes played to qualify) … chalked up seven points and five rebounds against No. 1 Connecticut … collected four points and three rebounds in win over Providence … turned in solid outing against No. 15 Pittsburgh with 10 points, six rebounds and season-high-tying two assists in 20 minutes … notched six points and two rebounds in win over Marquette … carded four points in victory at No. 21/23 Syracuse … had another strong performance vs. a ranked opponent with nine points and five rebounds in 21 minutes at No. 5/4 Rutgers … underwent successful surgery Feb. 25 to repair broken left ring finger (injury occurred in practice on Feb. 17) … missed two games (South Florida and Seton Hall) … returned to action in regular-season finale at St. John[apos]s, playing 11 minutes and logging season-high two blocks … made big splash in NCAA tournament debut vs. SMU, scoring (then) career-high 16 points … held her ground in NCAA second-round overtime win over No. 14/13 Oklahoma, teaming with Erica Williamson to hold All-American Courtney Paris to four points over final 16 minutes, including no points in overtime period … capped off a superb NCAA tournament run in the regional semifinals against No. 3 Tennessee by matching her (then) career high with 16 points and six rebounds.
HIGH SCHOOL: Averaged 19.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.8 blocks and 2.8 steals per game with .491 field goal percentage during four-year career at Wheeler High School in Wheeler, Ind. … ranked 44th in nation (10th among small forwards) by Dan Olson Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and 58th in nation by Blue Star Basketball … three-time all-state selection, including first-team honors in 2007 … second runner-up for 2007 Indiana Miss Basketball … three-time Street & Smith[apos]s preseason honorable mention All-America pick … 2007 Times of Northwest Indiana and Gary Post-Tribune Player of the Year … four-time first-team all-area selection … 2007 Indiana All-Star Team member (first in school history); earned MVP honors in second game of Indiana-Kentucky series after posting game-high 14 points and nine rebounds (former Irish wing/2010 Notre Dame graduate Ashley Barlow won award in 2006) … set 11 school/county records, including career marks for points (1,808 – also Porter County record), rebounds (904), blocks (256) and steals (260) … first player in school history to average double-double for three consecutive seasons (2004-05 through 2006-07) … rang up three triple-doubles during high school career … helped team to three Class 2A sectional titles/regional appearances … spent three seasons with Indiana Elite AAU team (through Midwest Basketball Academy in Mishawaka, Ind.) and was two-year teammate of former Irish point guard/2010 Notre Dame graduate Melissa Lechlitner … also enjoyed exceptional prep volleyball career as middle blocker … three-time all-state selection, earning first-team honors as junior and senior … three-time first-team all-conference choice … owns school records for career kills (2,042) and blocks (452), as well as single-season kills (657) and blocks (139) … led Wheeler to four sectional volleyball titles and regional tournament berths.
PERSONAL DATA: Born June 7, 1988, in Merrillville, Ind. … last name pronounced broo-SHEFF-skee … daughter of Therese and Mark Bruszewski … youngest of four children, with her three older siblings all recent graduates of Indiana University — brothers Chris ([apos]04) and Patrick ([apos]06), and sister Alyse ([apos]08), who also was a member of the Hoosiers[apos] rowing team as a freshman … 18th Indiana native to join Irish women[apos]s basketball program, but first to come from northwest Indiana … hails from same area of state as Luke Harangody, former Notre Dame two-time All-America men[apos]s basketball forward (and current member of NBA[apos]s Boston Celtics) … enrolled in Mendoza College of Business where she is a marketing major … some former Irish players who wore No. 32 include Jane Politiski, Julie Henderson and Breona Gray.
2010: BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Feb. 15).
Bruszewski[apos]s Career Statistics
Bruszewski in the BIG EAST Conference