Tina Charles ● 6 - foot - 4 ● Center

Bio:
Of all the embarrassment of riches that the U.S. team has, the biggest may be that they can bring a dominant center like Charles off the bench. Playing in her first Olympics, Charles is as talented any big in the world and the team will not skip a beat when she comes in to replace the presumed starter, Sylvia Fowles. In pre-Olympic play, Charles averaged 7.5 points and 6.0 rebounds over the course of four games – including two starts.

Playing for the Connecticut Sun, Charles is a double-double machine, setting the WNBA record in each of her first two seasons in the league. She currently is third in the league – behind teammates Fowles and Candace Parker – with 12 in 19 games. On the defensive end, she is a stout defender and elite rebounder. On the offensive end, she has a wide array of low post moves and can consistently knock down a jumper out to 20-feet. The 6-foot-4 Connecticut product that was named 2010 WNBA Rookie of the Year will be one of the six former Huskies suiting up for her former coach.

National Team Experience:
Gold Medals: 2010 FIBA World Championship, 2009 UMMC Ekaterinburg International Invitational, 2009 World University Games, 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.

Bronze Medals: 2005 Youth Development Festival. Honors: Named the 2009 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year.

WNBA Team:
Connecticut Sun

Role on National Team:
Backup Center, Top rebounder off bench

Quote:
On being a Team USA newcomer: “I’m just going to follow everybody’s lead. Maya and I are the youngest ones here and God willing we’ll have another opportunity at this in another four years and there will be somebody looking up to me and Maya. We’re just going to take this in, just learn and soak up everything.”

2012 Stats:

MinutesPointsReboundsAssistsBlocks
WNBA32.7 18.7 11.3 1.8 1.1
Exhibition18.3 9.8 4.7 1.00.3

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Video

Sun vs. Dream

Angel McCoughtry scores 25 points, Tiffany Hayes adds 23 points as the Dream snap their four-game losing streak with a win over the Sun.

Fever vs. Sparks

Nneka Ogwumike scores 21 points and Alana Beard adds 17 to help the Sparks beat the Fever, 77-73.

Sky vs. Shock

Odyssey Sims scores 24 points to lead the Shock to a win over the Sky, 79-69.

Lynx vs. Sun

Maya Moore scores 17 points to help the Lynx beat the Sun, 76-65.

Dream vs. Mystics

Ivory Latta scores 21 points and Kara Lawson adds14 as the surging Mystics beat the Dream, 77-67.