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Jessica Breland

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2013 Fever Player Bio Pages (pdf)

Breland was selected with the 13th overall pick in the 2011 draft, by Minnesota, but has since spent time with New York, Connecticut and Washington before arriving in training camp with the Fever in 2013…she spent the 2012-13 winter in Israel playing for Ramat Hasharon where she was a teammate with Fever point guard Briann January.

PRO – WNBA
2012: Breland was waived in training camp by the Washington Mystics.
2011: Breland played sparingly for Connecticut, appearing in just four games for a total of six minutes…she appeared in nine games for New York, scoring six points twice for the Liberty…she had a career-high three made field goals at Chicago, 6/17…drafted by the Lynx, she was part of a draft-day trade sending her to New York.

PRO – OVERSEAS
2012-13: Breland played six games with Besiktas in Istanbul, Turkey, before completing the winter season in Israel…with Ramat Hasharon Electra, she averaged 11.5 points and 6.4 rebounds through 11 games where she was a teammate of Fever point guard Briann January.
2011-12: Breland averaged 12.9 points and 7.9 rebounds through 15 games with Ramat Hasharon Electra in Israel.

COLLEGE
Breland played in 140 games for North Carolina, averaging 10.8 points and 6.7 rebounds during her career with the Tar Heels.
2010-11: Breland was a Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award candidate while returning from a year’s absence due to illness…in 34 games, she averaged 12.4 points and 7.1 rebounds…she was named to the 2010-11 ACC All-Tournament Team and was an All-ACC honorable mention selection…she earned the Bob Bradley Spirit and Courage Award.
2009-10: She missed the entire 2009-10 season while receiving treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma…after being diagnosed in the spring of 2009, she spent six months undergoing chemotherapy at UNC Hospitals.
2008-09: Breland appeared in all 35 games as a junior, starting 27 and averaging 14.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per contest…she averaged 3.1 blocks per outing, good for seventh in the NCAA and tops in the ACC…she evolved into an extremely versatile post player who became one of the nation's top all-around players as a junior…she was named to the Wooden Award Midseason Top 20 list and led the league in double-doubles with 16, including 10 against ACC opponents…she became just the third player in UNC history to record at least 100 blocks in a single season, earning All-ACC second-team for her efforts…she was also a member of the ACC All-Defensive Team…Breland earned MVP honors in the Preseason WNIT on the strength of a 31-point effort in the title game win at Oklahoma…she earned MVP honors in the Junkanoo Jam with back-to-back double-doubles against Pacific and Oregon State…she carried UNC to a win at Ohio State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge with 29 points on 11-of-15 shooting, earning ACC Player of the Week honors for her efforts…Breland earned first-team ACC All-Tournament accolades after averaging 22.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in two games of the ACC Tournament…she had 17 points, nine rebounds and five blocks in the first round NCAA Tournament win over UCF, and notched her 16th double-double of the season in a second round loss to Purdue with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
2007-08: As a sophomore, Breland appeared in all 36 games, averaging 10.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per contest while being named the ACC Sixth Player of the Year…in one of the best games of her young career, she scored 18 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked five shots in just 19 minutes off the bench in the win over Georgia Tech on Jan. 5…she finished with eight points and 12 rebounds in the win over No. 4 Maryland on Jan. 26…she posted an outstanding first round NCAA Tournament game, finishing with 14 points and a game-high nine rebounds in the win over Bucknell…she finished with 11 points and seven boards in a Sweet 16 win over Louisville and had eight points and nine rebounds in an Elite Eight loss to LSU.
2006-07: Appeared in 37 games off the bench for the Tar Heels as a freshman…she averaged 6.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in 14.4 minutes per game…she was second on the team and 10th in the ACC in blocks with 1.31 per game…Breland made 54.4 percent of her field goals, good for third on the team and leading all ACC freshmen in field goal percentage…she opened her career with back-to-back double-doubles, posting 18 points and 14 rebounds in her debut against East Tennessee State on Nov. 10, and 13 points and 10 boards two days later against Winston-Salem State…Breland led the Tar Heels with 14 points and nine rebounds in a first-round NCAA win over Prairie View, and scored in all five NCAA Tournament games.

Personal

Jessica Nicole Breland is the daughter of Jean and Charles Breland…she has three older siblings – Arneice, Christina and Stephanie…Breland prepped at Bertie High School where she was coached by Alice Lyons-Bennett and was an All-America selection by McDonald's, the WBCA and Parade Magazine as a senior…she was a second-team All-America selection by EA Sports and a third-team Street and Smith's All-America pick…she was the Gatorade Player of the Year in North Carolina as a senior, averaging 22 points and 12 rebounds per game…she scored 17 points for the East team to earn MVP honors at the North Carolina Coaches' Association East-West All-Star Game…she also participated in volleyball and track & field…as a sprinter in track, she was a USA U18 Women's National Team Trials Invitee.

Career Transactions

(1) Drafted by the Minnesota Lynx with the 13th overall pick, second round, in the 2011 WNBA Draft, 4/11/11. (2) Traded to the New York Liberty in exchange for Angel Robinson and New York’s second-round pick in 2012, 4/11/11. (3) Waived by New York, signed as a free agent by the Connecticut Sun, 7/31/11. (4) Signed as a free agent by the Washington Mystics and waived in training camp, 2012. (5) Signed as a free agent by the Indiana Fever, 2/13/13.