UND Roster

2020-21 Women's Basketball Roster

#33 Sam Brunelle


Height 6-2
Class Sophomore
Hometown Ruckersville, Va
High School William Monroe


  • 2020 ACC All-Freshman Team
  • espnW National Player of the Week (March 2, 2020)
  • Two-time ACC Freshman of the Week


  • Points: 31 (vs DePaul, 12/11/19)
  • Rebounds: 13 (vs Toledo, 11/20/19)
  • Field Goals Made: 13 (vs DePaul, 12/11/19)
  • Field Goals Attempted: 20 (at Duke, 1/16/20)
  • 3-Point Field Goals Made: 7 (at Florida State, 3/1/20)
  • 3-Point Field Goals Attempted: 12 (at Virginia, 1/26/20)
  • Free Throws Made: 6 (vs Toledo, 11/20/19)
  • Free Throws Attempted: 10 (vs Toledo, 11/20/19)
  • Assists: 4 (at Florida State, 3/1/20)
  • Blocks: 4 (at Pitt, 1/2/20)
  • Steals: 4 (at Boston College, 2/13/20)
  • Minutes: 42 (at Syracuse, 1/5/20)


  • Double-figure scoring: 23
  • Double-figure rebounds: 2
  • Double-doubles: 2
  • 20-point games: 6
  • 30-point games: 1


  • ACC All-Freshman Team selection.
  • Started in all 31 games, averaging 33.9 minutes.
  • Brunelle led all freshmen in the ACC in scoring with her 13.9 ppg. Among freshmen at power-five schools, Brunelle’s scoring average ranked 6th.
  • Her scoring average ranked 4th all-time at ND for a freshman.
  • Led all ACC freshmen in Points + Assists + Rebounds/Game at 21.4. Furthermore, there were only eight players total in the ACC, counting Sam, who averaged at least 13 points, 5.5 rebounds & 1.5 assists.
  • Her six 20+ scoring games led all freshmen in the ACC, while her 23 double-figure scoring games ranked second behind teammate Katlyn Gilbert. She was 1-of-8 ACC players overall to record a 30-point outing.
  • Became the first player to start her Irish career with seven double-digit scoring performances – previous record was four.
  • Brunelle/Gilbert/Peoples became the first freshmen trio to all finish with a double-digit scoring averages. Plus, Brunelle and Gilbert became the highest scoring freshmen pairing in ND history, besting: Arike Ogunbowale (11.4) and Marina Mabrey (10.7), 2015-16 // Mary Beth Schueth (13.0) and Carries Bates (12.4), 1981-82.
  • Only three freshmen pairs in all of Division-I averaged 13.0 ppg or higher –> Brunelle and Gilbert, Fresno State’s Haley & Hanna Cavinder and UTSA’s Mikayla Woods & Adryana Quezada.
  • Finding her three-point game: Brunelle went 13-of-68 (.191) from three over the first 14 games. Over the last 17 games of the season, Brunelle converted 45-of-118 (.381). In addition, she averaged 2.4  threes in ACC play, which ranked 6th.
  • Named the espnW National Player of the Week on March 3 after notching 23 points/nine rebounds vs UNC, then lifting the Irish over No. 19 Florida State with 25 points on a career high seven made three-pointers. Her seven treys tied Alicia Ratay for a single-game freshman record and ranked second overall for a single game.
  • Her 58 made threes ranks 2nd among ND freshmen all-time behind Alicia Ratay (73).
  • Over the last five games: averaged a team best 18.6 ppg on 45.2 percent shooting, with a 20-for-43 mark from three (.465).
  • Went 6-of-10 from deep to tally 20 points vs. Virginia Tech (2/20).
  • Brunelle went off in the win over Miami (1/19), scoring 20 of her 25 points in the 2nd half. Then notched back-to-back games with 20+ points for the first time with 21 at Virginia (1/26).
  • Exploded with a career high 31 points on 13-of-18 shooting vs. DePaul on Dec. 11.  Her 31-point performance tied the Notre Dame individual scoring record for a freshmen, tying both Skylar Diggins-Smith and Katryna Gaither.
  • 4th Quarter surges: Brunelle scored seven of her 19 points in the fourth against Minnesota (12/4). Scored nine of her 11 points in the fourth at No. 21 Michigan (11/23). Scored 11 of her 19 points in the fourth vs. No. 16 Michigan State (11/14).
  • Two double-doubles: 11-points, 12-rebounds against FGCU (11/28). All 12 boards were defensive rebounds, which marked a career best for that category. Prior, 19 points and 13 rebounds against Toledo (11/20).
  • Peoples and Brunelle became the first pair of freshmen starters for a season opener since Teresa Borton & Jacqueline Batteast started the 2001-02 season opener.


  • Ranked No. 6 overall by espnW in Class of 2019, reaching as high as No. 1. 
  • Attended William Monroe High School.
  • Two-time Naismith High School All-American (Second Team in 2019 / Third Team in 2018)
  • 2019 McDonald’s High School All-American
  • Won the three-point contest at the McDonald’s All-America game
  • 2018 Gatorade Virginia Player of the Year
  • 2018 USA Today Virginia Player of the Year
  • USA Today Second Team USA in 2018
  • 2018 MaxPreps High School All-America Third Team
  • Three-time All-State selection
  • Finished her prep career with 2,229 points and 1,272 rebounds.
  • Injured for about half her senior year in 2018-19, but still averaged 17.6 ppg and 10.3 rpg. William Monroe went on to win its first regional championship since 1987, when her mother, Katie, was on the team.
  • As a junior, she started all 25 games and averaged 30.0 points, 15.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. Guided William Monroe to its first playoff appearance since 1988 (reaching state quarterfinals with a 23-2 record), posting a trio of 40-point games along the way.
  • As a sophomore in 2016-17, she started in all 24 games and led her team with 25.0 ppg, 12.5 rpg, 3.3 apg, 2.2 spg and 3.4 bpg to help her team to a 16-8 record. Brunelle scored 601 points during her sophomore season, including 30+ five times and a season high of 40 points (vs. Clarke County).
  • As a freshman in 2015-16, she started all 26 games and averaged 25.0 ppg, 17.3 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.8 spg and 2.9 bpg. Holds Virginia High School League records for most points by a freshman (650) and single-game rebounds (28).
  • Won the 2018 Hampton EYBL first session tournament with the Fairfax Star.


  • Member of the U16, U17, U18 USA national basketball teams.
  • Three-time gold medalist with Team USA and winner of one bronze.
  • Won a pair of international gold medals in 2018 – winning the 3×3 title at the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina and the 5×5 title at the FIBA U17 World Cup in Belarus. Prior, she won at the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Argentina. Won bronze at the 2016 FIBA U17 World Cup in Spain.
  • Played twice in the USA vs Canada Ballin’ Across Boarders Global Game
  • Selected as one of six USA Basketball participants in the 2019 NCAA Next Generation at the NCAA Final Four in Tampa, Florida.


  • Principal’s Honor Roll all 4 years of high school
  • National Honors Society Member
  • Future Business Leaders of America member and State place in Video Productions
  • At Notre Dame, Brunelle plans on pursuing a career in sports broadcasting