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Jessica Breland's Bio

About Jessica Breland

Position: Forward

Height: 6-3

Weight: 164

Date of Birth: February 23, 1988

College: North Carolina

High School: Bertie (Windsor, N.C.)

Drafted: Selected by the Minnesota Lynx in the second round (13th overall) of the 2011 WNBA Draft, and was then traded to the New York Liberty.

2019 HIGHLIGHTS WITH ATLANTA:

  • Started in 33 of the Dream’s 34 games
  • Reached 300 career blocks on June 21 at Connecticut, making her just the 19th player in the WNBA to reach the milestone
  • Posted a team-high four double-doubles: 10 points and 11 rebounds at Chicago (7/17), 11 points and 12 rebounds at New York (8/23), 10 points and 12 rebounds at Dallas (8/25), and 10 points and 11 rebounds vs. New York (9/8)
  • Scored in double digits 12 times and led the team in scoring twice
  • Led the team in rebounding 13 times with seven double figure outings
  • Pulled down 11 or more boards in four of the her final six games of the season, leading the team all four times
  • Set a career-high record with four steals at Minnesota (7/2)
  • Scored a season-high 18 points against Chicago (8/3) and tied it at Las Vegas (8/13)

2018 HIGHLIGHTS WITH ATLANTA:

  • Signed a multi-year contract with the Dream on February 5, 2018
  • Started in all 34 games
  • Averaged 26.4 minutes per game in the regular season and 31.0 minutes per game in the playoffs
  • Averaged 42.8 FG percentage and 7.9 rebounds per game and recorded 1.9 blocks per game in 2018
  • Recorded 12 double-digit rebounds during the season
  • Tied her season high of 13 rebounds two times against Seattle (6/10) and Indiana (6/14) and 3 steals seven times
  • Scored a season high of 23 points (11-16 from the field goal) to add to the double-double with 10 rebounds and 7 assists against Washington (7/11)
  • Recorded a double-double with 14 rebounds and 10 points including 7 blocks in a playoff win over Washington (8/28)
  • Playoff Averages: 83.3% of free-throws, 10.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.8 steals, 2.8 blocks, and 9.0 points

2016 HIGHLIGHTS WITH CHICAGO:

  • Started in 16 out of 34 games played
  • Had season-highs of 16 points vs. Los Angeles Sparks, three assists vs. New York Liberty, and played 33 minutes vs. Connecticut Sun
  • Grabbed 10 rebounds (3 times) during the season

2015 HIGHLIGHTS WITH CHICAGO:

  • Started in 30 of 33 games
  • Second on the team in rebounding with 5.9 rebounds per game, recorded five double-digit rebounding games
  • Season-high 17 points came in July 17 loss to Minnesota
  • Fourth on the team in scoring at 6.3 points per game
  • Finished in the top 10 of the WNBA for total blocks for the second straight season with 36 (9thin the league); 6th in the league in offensive rebounds with 70

2014 HIGHLIGHTS WITH CHICAGO:

  • Recorded four double-doubles in first six games of 2014
  • Set new career highs for steals (3) and free throws (5-for-6) in the Sky’s season opener vs. Indiana on May 16
  • Tallied a personal-best 15 rebounds vs. Connecticut on May 21
  • Delivered 18 points, 10 rebounds and career-high 6 assists vs. Connecticut on May 30
  • Put up 22 points vs. New York on 6/18…Set new personal bests for points (26), field goals (12) and blocks (7) vs. Tulsa on 6/22…Was named to the 2014 WNBA Eastern Conference All-Star Team…Scored 6 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the WNBA All-Star Game on 7/19…Recorded 15 points and 8 rebounds at Atlanta on 7/25….Poured in 12 points with 9 rebounds at Tulsa on 7/27 and Minnesota on 8/7…Grabbed 9 rebounds in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals vs. Phoenix on 9/7.

2011 HIGHLIGHTS WITH CONNECTICUT AND NEW YORK:

  • Played sparingly for Connecticut, appearing in just four games for a total of six minutes
  • 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.

OVERSEAS COMPETITION:

  • 2018-19: Hebei Win Power, China; Averaged 16.3 points and 11.3 rebounds per game.
  • 2017-18: Homentmen A., Lebanon; Helped her team to become the Arab Women’s Basketball Champions.
  • 2015-16: Jiangsu, China; Averaged 16.1 points and 8.5 rebounds per game
  • 2013-14: Played 18 games in Bnot Hertzeliya, Israel; averaged 21.9 points and 10.9 rebounds
  • 2012-13: Played six games with Besiktas in Istanbul, Turkey, before completing the winter season in Ramat Hasharon Electra, Israel, where she averaged 11.5 points and 6.4 rebounds through 11 games

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Played in 140 games for North Carolina, averaging 10.8 points and 6.7 rebounds during her career with the Tar Heel
  • Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award candidate…in 34 games, she averaged 12.4 points and 7.1 rebounds…
  • Named to the 2010-11 ACC All-Tournament Team and was an All-ACC honorable mention selection… earned the Bob Bradley Spirit and Courage Award…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…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 as a junior…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 after her junior year

PERSONAL:

  • Born Jessica Nicole Breland on Feb. 23, 1988
  • Daughter of Jean and Charles Breland
  • Has three older siblings; Arneice, Christina and Stephani
  • 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.
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