Former Bulldogs Buy WNBA's Seattle Storm

Former Bulldogs Buy WNBA's Seattle Storm

Jan. 9, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn.--Former Yale women's basketball/softball star Lisa Brummel '81 and Ginny Gilder '79, a three-year letterwinner in women's crew, are among a group of four who have secured an exclusive option to buy the WNBA's Seattle Storm. Along with Anne Levinson and Dawn Trudeau, Brummel and Gilder are members of Force 10 Hoops, L.L.C. The group purchased the Storm for $10 million. The deal still has to be approved by the 30 NBA owners at the WNBA Board of Governors meeting.

Brummel was a four-year letterwinner in both basketball and softball. She was a member of Yale's 1978-79 Ivy League champion basketball team and earned first team All-Ivy honors in 1979-80 and 1980-81, the first two seasons the league named an all-conference team. Upon graduation, Brummel was Yale's all-time leader with 1,371 points (she currently ranks fifth). Her .565 field goal percentage for the 1979-80 season is still the program record. In 1981, she was selected by the Dallas Diamonds in the fourth round of the pro women's basketball league draft.

As a softball player, Brummel was first team All-Ivy as a senior, the first year the Ivy League presented postseason awards in that sport. Brummel is a member of the Ivy League women's Hall of Fame.

She is currently the senior vice president for human resources at Microsoft and a member of the company's senior management team.

Ginny Gilder

Gilder, whose family donated the funds used to build the Gilder Boathouse, was a member of Yale's varsity women's crew from 1977-79. She won a silver medal in the quadruple sculls with coxswain event at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and a bronze in single sculls at the 1983 World Championships.

Gilder owns an investment business and was the founding executive director of Washington Works, a nonprofit dedicated to securing and retaining living-wage employment for those Seattle residents on the welfare system. She is also the president of a family-owned philanthropic entity that invests in projects designed to level the economic playing field and promote social justice around the world.

The four women--all Storm season-ticket holders--purchased the team from Clay Bennett, who also owns the Seattle Sonics. Bennett may move the NBA franchise to Oklahoma City because he has been unsuccessful in his attempts to secure a new arena. The Storm will remain in Seattle and will continue to play at KeyArena, but will look for a better lease than the current agreement, which runs through the Sonics' 2009-10 season. The WNBA team's front office will still operate under the Sonics until 2009.

The Storm, led by WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson and former University of Connecticut star Sue Bird, will become the seventh WNBA franchise independently owned and operated. Seattle won the WNBA Championship in 2004, defeating the Connecticut Sun 2 games to 1 in the finals.

Report filed by Joe Clifford, Yale Sports Publicity

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