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2013 WNBA Season: Appeared in 29 games with 29 starts…Shut down for the last five games of the season because of nagging injuries…Averaged a double-double (18 points, 10.1 rebounds per game) for the fourth straight season…Led the Sun in both categories for the fourth straight season…Scoring average matched her franchise record, set in 2012….Recorded 17 double-doubles while moving from ninth all-time to fourth with career total of 80…Scored at least 20 points in three straight games twice, giving her three such streaks in her career…Only two other Sun players – Nykesha Sales and Shannon Johnson – have ever had three straight 20-point games. Each did it twice…Tied the team record with 13 made field goals against Chicago (7/12), the fifth time she has made that many shots in a game…Recorded her third career 30-point game at Indiana (6/12)…Tied a WNBA record with 24 free throw attempts against Phoenix (6/29)…Made a team record 19 free throws, the second highest in WNBA history, in same game...Scored in double figures 25 times in 29 games…Had 19 double-figure rebounding games…Eight games with 10 or more made field goals…Led the Sun in rebounding 20 times in 29 games…Led Sun in scoring 16 times.

2012 WNBA Season: Appeared in 33 games with 33 starts…Set a new franchise scoring record, averaging 18 points per game…Became the first player in WNBA history to record a third 20-20 game, collecting 23 points and 22 rebounds in a win at Atlanta (6/17)…Won her third straight rebounding title, averaging 10.5 rebounds per game…Her 345 rebounds (in 33 games) rank No. 1 in the WNBA and third in franchise history behind her totals in 2010 and 2011…Led the Sun in scoring, rebounding, made field goals, field goal attempts and minutes…Finished tied for first in the league with 18 double-doubles…Fell one rebound short of a double-double on three occasions, two rebounds short of a double-double on six other occasions…Led the WNBA with 250 made field goals…Ranked No. 1 in offensive rebounds (123)…Ranked second in defensive rebounds (222)…Ranked second in blocks (47)…Ranked third in total minutes (1,096) despite sitting out the first game of her career at Phoenix (9/12)…Streak of 97 straight starts ended with DND at Phoenix…Led the Sun in rebounding 22 times, outright, shared for the lead on five other occasions…Led the Sun in scoring 16 times…Scored in double figures 31 times…Set franchise record for consecutive games scoring in double figures with 23 straight, spanning the last 12 games of 2011 and the first 11 games of 2012…Closed the season with 13 straight double-figure scoring games…Had four straight double-doubles during crucial 3-1 road trip through Chicago, San Antonio, Atlanta and Washington from 8/28-9/4 that helped clinch first place in the Eastern Conference…Recorded the second 30-point game of her career against Washington (6/3)…Broke the franchise record for double-doubles in a career with her 51st, against Los Angeles (6/13).
In The Playoffs: Averaged 18.6 points and 10 rebounds in five games…Had two double-doubles, including 25 points and 14 rebounds in Game 2 at New York, when the Sun clinched the first-round sweep…Led the Sun in scoring in four of five playoff games.

2011 WNBA Season: Finished second to Tamika Catchings league MVP voting…Broke her own WNBA record for double-doubles, finishing with 23…Recorded six double-doubles in a single half…Led the league in total rebounds (374) and rebound average (11.0)…Rebound total was the second highest in WNBA history, behind the 398 she collected in 2010…Set new franchise records for made field goals (254), field goal attempts (543), points (600) and scoring average (17.6)…Set a franchise record with eight games of 10 or more made field goals…Led the Sun in scoring and rebounding for the second straight year…Named WNBA Player of the Week four times…Earned second WNBA All-Star selection…Had 12 games with at least 20 points…Became the fastest player in WNBA history to record 400, 500, 600 and 700 career rebounds…Scored a career-high 31 points against Chicago (6/19)… Tied her career high with 13 made field goals against Chicago (6/19)…Became just the second player in league history to record more than one 20-20 game, finishing with 23 rebounds and 22 points against Los Angeles (6/28)…The 23 rebounds tied her single-game franchise record…Also tied a WNBA record with 16 second-half rebounds against LA (6/28)…Led the Sun in rebounding 25 times, including 18 of 19 games in one stretch…Shared the team-high for rebounds once…Led the Sun in scoring 19 times including six of the last seven games of the season…Started all 34 games…Played 1,136 minutes, second most in franchise history.
In The Playoffs: Recorded a double-double with 13 points and a post-season franchise-record 17 rebounds in Game 2 at Atlanta (9/18)…Averaged 12.5 points and 12 rebounds in the two-game series with Atlanta…Averaged a team-high 36 minutes.

2010 WNBA Season: Started all 34 games for the Sun…Completed one of the best rookie seasons in WNBA history by recording her league-record 22nd double-double at New York (8/22)...Established a league record with 398 rebounds...Unanimous choice for WNBA Rookie of the Year…Led the Sun in scoring (15.5 ppg.), rebounds (11.7 rpg.) and blocks (1.68 per game)…Had 23 games with at least 10 rebounds…Scored in double figures 30 times…Had six consecutive double-doubles from 6/18-6/29, one short of the WNBA record…Recorded a WNBA rookie record 23 rebounds against Phoenix (6/25), the second highest single-game total in league history…Surpassed the previous single-game franchise rebound record (17) four times…Had 20 or more rebounds in three games…Established new franchise records for defensive (269) and offensive (129) rebounds…Scored a career-high 27 points at Atlanta (7/7)…Tied a franchise record with 13 made field goals at Los Angeles (6/18)…Had eight blocks against Washington (8/8), one short of the team record…Finished with a single-season total of 57 blocks, the fifth highest total in team history.

Other Professional Experience: Won multiple FIBA Euroleague MVP of the Week awards playing for TS Wisla Can-Pack of Krakow, Poland during the 2012-13 offseason…Played for Galatasarray of Turkey in FIBA Euroleague in 2011-12…Spent the 2010-11 offseason with Nadezhda Orenburg in Russia…Named a EuroLeague “Rest of the World” All-Star…Averaged 19.1 points and 9.5 rebounds in 16 Russian League games and 19.0 points and 12.3 rebounds in 12 EuroLeague games.

USA Basketball: Member of the undefeated 2012 USA team that won a Gold Medal at the Summer Olympic Games in London. Averaged 10.5 points and 7.4 rebounds per game…Member of the 2010 World Championship team that won Gold while posting a 9-0 record.

College: All-time leading scorer (2,346 points) and rebounder (1,367) in UConn history…Ranks third all-time with 304 career blocks…Scored in double figures 120 times, including 36 times in 39 games as a senior…Had 59 double-figure rebounding games, 15 as a senior…Scored 20 or more points 33 times in her career…Averaged 18.1 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in 2009-10...Recorded 52 career double-doubles, including 14 as a senior…Fourth fastest player to reach 1,000 points at UConn…Anchored back-to-back undefeated National Championship teams…Received almost universal recognition as the dominant women’s college basketball player in 2009-10…Received the John R. Wooden Award and the 2010 Naismith Trophy…Also honored as the Associated Press Player of the Year and the USBWA Player of the Year…Named 2010 BIG EAST Player of the Year…Posted top freshman totals ever at UConn with 81 blocks and 296 rebounds…Also had a UConn freshman record 11 double-doubles...Named USBWA National Freshman of the Year…Also the BIG EAST Freshman of the Year.

Personal

Full name is Tina Charles…Daughter of Angella Holgate and Rawiston Charles…Majored in psychology…Consensus High School Player of the Year in 2006…Racked up 1,750 points, 1,224 rebounds, 440 assists and 432 blocks in three seasons at Christ The King…Awards in 2006 included Parade Magazine Player of the Year, Gatorade National Player of the Year, WBCA National Player of the Year, McDonald’s Player of the Year, USA Today National Player of the Year and EA Sports National Player of the Year…Averaged 26.5 points, 14.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 5.2 blocks and 3.5 assists per game while leading Christ The King to a 30-0 record, a second straight state title, and a second straight No. 1 ranking in USA Today…As a junior in 2004-05, averaged 21.2 points, 13.8 rebounds and 6.2 blocks as Christ The King went 27-0, winning the state title while finishing No. 1 in the final USA Today poll…Charles led her junior varsity team to a 22-0 mark as a freshman….Off the court, Charles has earned great praise for her philanthropic endeavors…She paid $32,000 to underwrite the construction of a school in Mali that opened in May of 2012, purchased a shipment of athletic shoes from Nike for girls and boys who attend Saint Jago High School in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, Jamaica , and donated $7,275 to the Wes Leonard Heart Foundation, an organization that raises money to buy Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) for schools in Michigan…Charles also donated for the purchase of five AEDs to schools in New York and recently committed to funding five four-year full secondary-school scholarships for girls in Africa through ConnectTo Learn, a global initiative dedicated to helping educate children in impoverished areas.

Career Transactions

Selected by the Sun in the No. 1 pick in the 2010 WNBA Draft.