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Chelsea Brackmann

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A first-team MVC Scholar-Athlete last year, Brackmann owns a 3.57 cumulative grade point average and has earned a spot on the Bradley Athletic Director’s Honor Roll five of her six semesters. In addition, she has been selected as Bradley’s COUNTRY Financial Scholar-Athlete of the Week five times in her career and has landed on the MVC Honor Roll each of her three years. During her most successful season on the court to date, Brackmann posted a 4.0 semester grade point average during the 2019 spring semester.


A team captain, Brackmann shared the team’s MVP honors last year. In fact, her breakthrough all-conference performance of 2018-19 came just months after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in August 2018. Despite frequent doctor visits and occasionally missing practice, she started every game as a junior and averaged 27.5 minutes per contest while posting 16 double-doubles. In addition, the health science major has spent over 200 hours at Unity Point Methodist Hospital where she served as a certified nursing assistant.


Chelsea has been active throughout Central Illinois during her time at Bradley. One of her community service activities include volunteering at the Harrison Community Learning Center, where she assisted teachers and spoke to children about the importance of education & a healthy lifestyle. In addition, she has assisted with Girls Light Our World (GLOW) events to help empower young girls to become successful and independent.  Along with team activities at OSF Children’s Hospital, Chelsea has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and joined her teammates assisting at the annual Miracle Walk to benefit the Children’s Hospital. Chelsea has also volunteered at the Crittenton Center activities which help families in need with educational and support services. She has also assisted with events for EP!C, which provides services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.


Brackmann led the MVC in rebounding per game (10.9) and was 21st in the nation last year as a junior, becoming Bradley’s first individual to earn both First-Team All-MVC & First-Team MVC Scholar-Athlete honors in the same season in almost 20 years. In addition to pulling down a school season record 327 rebounds, which was 10th among MVC season marks, she tallied 16 double-doubles in 2018-19 and was one of seven players in the nation last year to tally 375 points, 325 rebounds, 35 assists, 30 blocks and 45 or more steals (first in the MVC since 2011-12). Brackmann had a pair of 20-20 outings last year and starts her senior season seventh in Bradley history in career rebounding, sitting 122 short of breaking the career mark. She also earned a spot on the MVC All-Defensive team last year and averaged 14.0 points and 11.2 rebounds per game in conference action. In 2019-20, Brackmann has been influential in leading Bradley to their best overall record (16-2) and start in MVC history (7-0). She is scoring 9.6 points per game and is 2nd in the MVC in rebounding (8.4 rpg), recently breaking the Bradley career rebounding mark.