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Jia Perkins's Bio

About Jia Perkins

NOTABLE

  • WNBA Champion (2017)
  • WNBA All-Defensive Second Team (2013)
  • Eastern Conference All-Star (2009)
  • Eastern Conference Player of the Week (2007:1, 2008:1)

 

CAREER TRANSACTIONS

Selected by Charlotte in the 3rd round (35th overall) of the 2004 WNBA Draft… Chosen by Chicago in the WNBA Expansion Draft on Nov. 16, 2005… Acquired by San Antonio from Chicago on Apr. 20, 2011 in exchange for center Michelle Snow… Re-signed by San Antonio to a three-year contract on Feb 3, 2015… Acquired by Minnesota from San Antonio on Apr. 14, 2016 in exchange for the draft rights to Jazmon Gwathmey, who was selected with the 14th pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft.

2017 SEASON

Wrapped up her 14th season in the WNBA and second with the Lynx by appearing in all 34 games, including a pair of starts (July 30-Aug. 3)… Averaged a career-low 4.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg and 1.4 apg in 16.3 mpg, shooting 36.9% from the field, 31.6% from three-point range and 83.3% from the FT line… Also tacked on 1.09 spg, ranking 26th in the league in steals and 3rd in steal/TO ratio (1.32-to-1)… Tallied a season-best 18 points Aug. 22 vs. Phoenix, one of five double-digit nights; she contributed 8.1 ppg and 3.3 rpg while shooting 48.1% (25-for-52) over the final eight contests… Led the Lynx with a season-high seven rebounds Aug. 18 vs. Indiana, adding 15 points; she passed Katie Douglas (623) for 5th place on the league’s all-time steals leaderboard in that game… Logged a season-best 35:59 Aug. 3 vs. Atlanta and dealt a season-high seven assists July 30 vs. Seattle, adding six rebounds… Totaled 13 points July 16 vs. Phoenix, and swiped a season-best four steals May 28 vs. San Antonio.

WNBA CAREER CAPSULE

2016: Concluded her first season in Minnesota by appearing in all 34 games for the sixth time in her career… Averaged 6.4 ppg, ending a run of nine consecutive double-figure scoring years; she added 2.6 rpg, 1.3 apg and 0.91 spg in 20.7 mpg… Hit 36.6% from the floor, a career-low 22.8% (13-for-57) from three-point distance and 83.3% from the FT line… Started five games, averaging 8.4 ppg (45.0%), 4.2 rpg and 3.8 apg in those contests… The 10-point effort Aug. 28 vs. Seattle was her seventh double-digit night… Overtook Vickie Johnson (4243) for 24th place on the WNBA’s career scoring list July 17 at Dallas… Pulled down a season-high nine rebounds July 9 vs. Dallas, and collected season bests in assists (a team-high six) and minutes (36:16) July 7 at Connecticut… Picked off a season-high four steals June 21 at Los Angeles, and scored all of her season-high 18 points in the 2nd half June 10 in Atlanta… Passed Taj McWilliams-Franklin (580) for 6th on the league’s all-time steal list June 14 vs. Indiana. 2015: Started 26 games in her final season in San Antonio, missing eight due to a strained left calf… Ranked 15th in scoring (13.3 ppg), 7th in steals (1.46 spg), 5th in stl/TO ratio (1.19-to-1) and 12th in FT accuracy (88.0%)… Added 3.0 rpg and 1.7 apg while logging 27.3 mpg, but slipped to 37.6% from the field and 27.2% (25-for-92) from three-point distance… Tallied 20+ points six times among her 18 double-figure outings… Erupted for a season-high 32 points with a season-high five assists in the Aug. 8 triumph vs. Seattle, capping a four-game spree that saw her average 23.5 ppg and hit 57.1% from the floor… Collected 24 points and a season-high nine rebounds Sept. 8 at Tulsa, and tallied 20 points in the June 5 opener at Phoenix… Scored her 4000th career point Aug. 28 at Seattle, and pulled in the 1000th rebound of her career June 25 vs. Phoenix. 2014: Played in 23 games, starting two; she missed 11 games due to injury… Finished second in WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year voting… Averaged 12.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists… Scored a season-high 24 points vs. Phoenix on Aug. 7, hitting the game-tying three-pointer to force overtime… Scored 12 points in her first game back from injury vs. Chicago on July 29… Scored 17 points in 17 minutes before injuring her hamstring vs. Atlanta on June 26… Led team in scoring for second consecutive game with 16 points vs. Minnesota on June 1… Led team in scoring with 17 points while grabbing four rebounds and her 500th career steal at Los Angeles on May 25… Tied a game-high with 20 points while hitting four of four three-point attempts, including two go-ahead three-pointers in the final minute, against Tulsa on May 17. 2013: Averaged 13.9 points in 33 starts… Against Los Angeles on Aug. 31, led the team in points (25), assists (3) and steals (3)… Her 25 points were a season high… Tied for a season-high 5 steals vs. Seattle on Aug. 25… Registered a season-high 5 assists vs. Minnesota on Aug. 6… Scored her 3,000th career point in the third quarter against Chicago on June 7… Led the team with four steals and was one of four double-digit scorers against Los Angeles on June 1. 2012: Named to the Silver Stars All-Decade Team… Finished third in Sixth Woman of the Year voting… Played in 33 regular-season games with three starts… Averaged 10.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game… Ranked second in the WNBA in steals to turnover ratio (1.83) and ninth in steals per game… Led the team in scoring average off the bench (11.0) and ranked second in steals per game… Notched 16 double-digit scoring performances, including four-consecutive from July 8 through Aug. 17… Matched a career-high with three blocks in the season opener at Tulsa on May 19… Tied a career-high with three blocks at Chicago on July 11… Set a career-high with six three-pointers against Atlanta on July 13… Led the team with 21 points and had a season-best six rebounds against Tulsa on Aug. 25. 2011: Played in all 34 games with eight starts… Averaged 12.0 points per game with 3.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.3 steals… Ranked fourth in the WNBA in steals to turnover ratio (1.26)… Ranked fourth on the team in scoring average and third in steals per game… Ranked second on the team with 22 double-digit scoring performances, including a season-long streak of eight double-figure scoring games from July 18 to Aug. 4… Led San Antonio with a season-high 31 points against Los Angeles on June 24. 2010: Started all 34 games for Chicago… Led the team with 1.65 steals per game and ranked second with 10.7 points per game… Led the WNBA with a 1.40 steals to turnover ratio while ranking fourth in total steals (56)… Averaged 2.4 assists per game and 2.9 rebounds per game… Collected a season-high seven total rebounds at New York on May 16… Was a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe against Atlanta on June 15, marking season-bests in both free throws made and attempted… Had a season-high five steals against Washington on June 25… Collected a season-best five defensive rebounds against Indiana on June 27… Set season-standards with 26 points and 10 made field goals at New York on July 11… Tied a career-high with five 3-pointers at Phoenix on Aug. 1. 2009: Started all 34 games with the Sky… Averaged 13.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.15 steals in 27.4 minutes per game… Ranked second on the team with 931 minutes played… Led the team with 73 steals and ranked second with 450 total points… Ranked fifth in the WNBA with 2.15 steals per game… Made her first WNBA All-Star appearance… Scored 16 points in the All-Star game as a reserve. 2008: Started 34 games… Averaged 17.0 points per game and was ranked seventh in the WNBA in total points scored in the season (577)… Set a WNBA record with 39 consecutive free throws made, staying perfect from the line from June 3 to July 1… Ranked in the top 10 in the WNBA in 12 categories including ninth in points per game (17.0), sixth in steals per game (1.88), and fifth in free throw percentage (.891). 2007: Played in 33 games and started five… Averaged 11.7 points, 2.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game… Notched a franchise record 39 points on 17 field goals and five 3-pointers while adding 10 assists at Sacramento on June 29… Ranked fourth in the WNBA in 3-point field goal percentage (45.9)… Ranked 16th in the WNBA in field goal percentage (46.4)… Set a career-high by converting 9-of-10 free throws versus San Antonio on June 17… Ranked 10th in the league in steals (50.0) and steals per game (1.52). 2006: Part of the inaugural Chicago Sky season, having been selected from Charlotte’s roster in the Expansion Draft on Nov. 16, 2005… Played in 30 games (27 starts) and averaged 9.4 ppg (35.1%), 3.6 rpg and a career-best 3.2 apg… Claimed a career-high 10 rebounds June 17 vs. San Antonio and dealt a career-high 10 assists July 27 at Washington. 2005: Appeared in 30 games (including 11 starts) for Charlotte, tallying 5.0 ppg (42.4%) and 1.5 rpg. 2004: Returned to play the final four games of her rookie season with the Sting, following the birth of her daughter on June 4… Made her WNBA debut Sept. 11 vs. Minnesota, scoring one point in 1:06.

PLAYOFFS

2017: Saw action in all eight postseason contests en route to the first WNBA championship of her 14-year career… Averaged 3.3 ppg and 2.0 rpg… 2016: Played in her first career Finals… Appeared in all eight playoff games, averaging 5.1 ppg and 2.0 rpg… 2014: Scored 17 points in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals vs. Minnesota, tallying 12.0 ppg (62.5%) for the series… 2012: Played in both Western Conference Semifinal games vs. Los Angeles, averaging 12.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 2.5 apg and 3.00 spg… Matched a playoff career-high with four assists in Game 1 at Los Angeles on Sept. 27, and tallied 16 points in Game 2 on Sept. 29… 2011: Started all three Western Conference Semifinal games vs. Minnesota, averaging 13.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.7 apg and 2.67 spg in her first career playoff appearance.

INTERNATIONAL

2002: Earned gold at the USA Basketball World Championship in Brazil as a member of the Young Women’s Qualifying Team.

OVERSEAS

2013-14: Spent the winter in Slovakia where she won the Extraliga championship with Good Angels Kosice, averaging 8.8 ppg… 2011-12: Played with A.S. Ramat Hasharon Electra where she averaged a team-high 15.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.5 apg and 2.3 spg through 20 Israeli League games… 2010-11: Played for Ceyhan Belediyespor where she helped the team reach the Turkish TKBL Finals… Garnered All-TKBL Honorable Mention selection from Eurobasket.com… Named to the Eurobasket.com TKBL All-Defensive team… Appeared in 13 games, averaging 13.1 points per game with 3.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.3 steals… 2009-10: Played for Galatasaray, where she played in 10 Turkish League games and seven EuroLeague contests… Helped Galatasaray to the EuroCup Finals… Averaged 14. ppg with 3.1 rpg, 2.1 apg and 2.0 spg while shooting 56.1% from the floor… Averaged 15.6 ppg with 4.4 rpg, 2.4 apg and 2.3 spg in EuroLeague contests… 2008-09: Started the season with Poland’s Utex Row Rybik where she played in five games and averaged 18.6 ppg with 4.0 rpg, 3.2 apg and 3.6 spg… Joined A.S. Ramat Hasharon Electra in November where she led the team to the Israeli League title and regular-season championship… Named Eurobasket.com Israeli League Import Player of the Year… Garnered Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Player of the Year and Guard of the Year honors… Played in 23 games… Averaged 17.0 ppg with 4.3 rpg, 2.3 apg and 2.3 spg while shooting 55.2%… 2007-08: Played for Ramat Hasharon where she helped the team capture the Israeli League regular-season title… Led the team to the EuroCup Quarterfinals and Israeli Cup Finals… Played in 20 Israeli League games and 12 EuroCup contests… Averaged 20.0 ppg with 5.2 rpg, 2.4 apg and 2.6 spg while shooting 55.3% in Israeli League games… Averaged 15.5 ppg with 4.1 rpg, 3.3 apg and 2.6 spg in EuroCup action… 2006-07: Played in 10 games for Israel’s Raanana Herzeliya… Averaged 16.7 ppg (49.5%) with 4.5 rpg, 2.9 apg and 2.3 spg… 2005-06: Played for Greece’s Megas Aleksandros… Played in 10 games and averaged 20.7 ppg with 4.0 rpg, 2.5 apg and 3.5 spg… 2004-05: Played for Greece’s Mask Cosmopel Kastoria.

COLLEGE

2003-04: Started all 16 games in which she played… Averaged 16.5 points per game with 4.4 rebounds… Ranked second on the team with 37 steals despite playing only half the season… Finished her career ranked fourth in scoring (1,768), second in steals (305) and seventh in assists (376) in the Texas Tech career record book… 2002-03: Earned Associated Press and Kodak honorable mention All-America honors… All-Big 12 first team selection… Named to the Dallas Morning News All-Big 12 Defensive Team… Earned Big 12 All-Tournament team honors… Two-time Big 12 Player of the Week… Became the fourth player in school history to score 40 or more points in a game with a career-high 41 against Creighton… Scored in double-figures in 33 games… Scored more than 20 points on seven occasions… Notched one double-double… Averaged 15.9 points per game with 5.1 rebounds and 90 steals… 2001-02: Played in all 32 games with 31 starts… Earned Basketball Times honorable mention All-America selection… Earned All-Big 12 second team honors… Notched 26 double-digit scoring performances… Recorded three double-doubles… Averaged 16.0 points per game with 5.0 rebound and 87 steals… 2000-01: Played in all 32 games with eight starts… Garnered team Most Valuable Player honors… Named to the NCAA Mideast Regional All-Tournament team… Earned All-Big 12 honorable mention honors… Selected to the Women’s Basketball News Service All-Freshman third team… Three-time Big 12 Rookie of the Week… Recorded 24 double-digit scoring performances… Averaged 13.6 points per game with 4.1 rebounds and 91 steals… Scored a season-high 29 points vs. Purdue in the NCAA Sweet 16.

PERSONAL

Jia Dorene Perkins… Born Feb. 23, 1982 in Newburgh, N.Y. … Hails from Granbury, Texas… Daughter, Aalirah, was born on June 4, 2004… Daughter of Johnny and Debra Perkins… Has an older brother, Jasmin… Father, Johnny, played professional football for the New York Giants… Graduated from Texas Tech University in 2004 with a degree in business.

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