Brummel to be Inducted into Connecticut Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame

Yale's Lisa Brummel, shooting over a UConn opponent. (Yale Archives)
Yale's Lisa Brummel, shooting over a UConn opponent. (Yale Archives)

A 4-Sport Star at Yale, Brummel Joins UConn's Chris Dailey, Five Others in Class of 2013


Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Lisa Brummel '81, a former four-sport athlete at Yale University, will be inducted into the Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2013 in April.

Brummel, a former Staples High (Westport, Conn.) standout who led Yale to the Ivy League championship in basketball (1978-79) and softball (1980), will join six others in the Class of 2013.

Brummel is currently the Chief People Officer at Microsoft, where she has led Human Resources since May 2005. She is also one of three women who own the WNBA's Seattle Storm. Force 10 Hoops LLC, a group that includes Brummel and fellow Yale alumna Ginny Gilder, bought the Seattle Storm in January 2008 and is now one of six private, non-NBA, ownership groups in the WNBA.

The other members of the Class of 2013 include Honorary Inductee Chris Dailey, the associate head women's basketball coach at UConn, as well as High School Players Karen "Pie" Draughn (Wilbur Cross High School, New Haven; Cheyney State) and Patty Costa (Andrew Warde High School, Fairfield; Fairfield University and University of Bridgeport), High School Coach Nick Chaconis (Portland High School), and College Player Amy Matthews McKenna (Thomaston High School, Western Connecticut State University). The Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame will also induct a college coach, who will be announced at a later date.

"I am truly honored to be inducted into the Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame and also proud to represent Yale University," Brummel said. "During my college career I had the opportunity to play with great teammates who made me better as a player. Basketball is a team sport and I am grateful to have been on the Ivy League Championship team in 1979 and to have our team make the post season tournament each year during my time at Yale."

In her four basketball seasons, Brummel helped lead the Bulldogs to a postseason tournament in each of her four basketball seasons, including the AIAW Eastern Regionals in 1978 and 1979 and the Ivy League Tournament in each of her four seasons.

Brummel, the basketball team's captain in 1980-81, scored 1,371 points in her basketball career at Yale, which currently ranks fifth in the 40 seasons of women's basketball at Yale. She averaged 14.6 points per game, which ranks fourth on Yale's all-time list. She was the team's Most Valuable Player in each of her four seasons and also won the team's Leadership Award in her junior and senior seasons (1979-80, 1980-81).

"Lisa Brummel belongs in every women's basketball hall of fame that exists! She is an incredible champion of our game having not only played spectacularly at Yale, but then becoming the driving force behind one of the most successful WNBA franchises ever — the Seattle Storm.  We are proud to call her one of our own," said Chris Gobrecht, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954, Head Coach of Women's Basketball.

An All-Ivy League selection in each of her four basketball seasons, Brummel earned a spot on the Second Team as a freshman in 1977-78, and she was a First-Team selection in each of her final three seasons.

Brummel was Yale's scoring leader in each of her four seasons, recording team-highs in points with 312 in 1977-78, 383 in 1978-79, 387 in 1979-80 and 279 in 1980-81. She also led the team in rebounds with 158 in 1978-79 and assists in each of her first three seasons with 30, 60 and 97, respectively.

Her scoring average of 18.2 points per game in the 1978-79 season is the second-highest single-season scoring average in Yale's history behind only Sue Johnson's 18.3 points per game in 1984-85.

Brummel is also fifth on Yale's all-time list for career field-goal percentage (.488) and 10th on Yale's all-time list for career assists (250).

Brummel was also a two-time captain (1980, 1981) of Yale's softball team and a three-time team Most Valuable Player, helping to lead the Bulldogs to the Ivy League championship in 1980 by a combined score of 47-7 in four wins against Penn, Harvard, Princeton and Brown.

She was an Academic All-American (1981) and an All-Ivy League First Team selection in softball in 1980-81. She holds the third- and seventh-highest single-season batting averages in the history of Yale softball (.412, 1979; .391, 1981), and her career batting average of .346 still ranks second on Yale's all-time career batting average list.

Brummel was also the team MVP in Volleyball in 1977 after leading the Bulldogs to a 26-6 overall record. She is a four-sport letter winner, earning letters in basketball, softball, volleyball and track and field. She also ranks ninth on Yale's outdoor track and field all-time list with a javelin throw of 120'9".

Following her Yale career, Brummel was drafted by the Dallas Diamonds in the fourth round of the 1981 Women's Professional Basketball League (WBL) draft.

Brummel holds a master's degree in Business Administration from UCLA and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Yale University. She is active in charitable ventures associated with Hopelink community services, the University of Washington Medical Center, Yale University, the Human Rights Campaign and the Women's Funding Alliance.

The Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame's Induction Banquet will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at Cascade in Hamden. For ticket information, please contact Ann Fariss by phone at (203) 378-6581 or by email at

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity