4 - Brooke Rutnik
Brooke Rutnik
Height: 6-0
Year: Senior
Hometown: Albany, NY
High School: Academy of Holy Names
Position: F
2002-03 Captain

One of the top defenders in the Northeast Conference. A "lead by example" type player. Her continued progress gives the Pioneers a solid presence in the paint.

2001-02: Put together another very strong season providing a defensive force inside for the Pioneers...Led the Northeast Conference in blocked shots (43) for the second straight season...SHU's second leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 9.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game...Scored in double figures 12 times last season...Tied her career-high with 19 points at Ohio State...Blocked a career-high seven shots in a 77-58 win vs. Mount St. Mary's...Tied her career-high in steals with five against Central Connecticut.

2000-01: Until spraining her shoulder in the opening minute against Wagner on Jan. 31, which kept her out of six games, Rutnik was en route to a truly fine sophomore season...As it was, she led the team in rebounding (6.7), averaged 9.0 points and topped the NEC in blocked shots...Twice, Rutnik rejected five opponents' shots in a game -- against St. Francis/Pa. (1/13/01) and Fairleigh Dickinson (1/20/01)...She soared for a career-high 14 rebounds against Robert Morris (1/11/01) and then again versus Fairleigh Dickinson (1/20/01)...Scored in double figures in six straight games, topped by her personal best of 19 in the overtime win over Central Connecticut (1/25/01), before sustaining the injury.

1999-00: As a freshman, Rutnik reached double figures in seven of her first nine games and averaged 7.1 points overall...Netted a season-high 16 points in the win over Lafayette (11/23/99) and in the road loss to Harvard (11/28/99)...Turned in a double-double -- 10 rebounds, 13 rebounds -- in the overtime loss against Virginia Commonwealth (12/09/99).

High School: Averaged 19 points and 14 rebounds as a senior in sparking the Academy of the Holy Names to a 20-5 record and the Section Finals...Team captain and MVP.

Personal: Brooke Kristin Rutnik. Born: 6/08/81. Parents: Christopher and Patricia Rutnik. Sibling: Tiffany Rutnik. Favorite Book: The Color of Water. Favorite Movie: Miss Congeniality. Favorite TV shows: Golden Girls & The Cosby Show.