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Tina Charles's Bio

About Tina Charles


  • Named to W25 in 2021, honoring the top 25  best and most influential players of the first 25 years of the WNBA
  • 2012 WNBA Most Valuable Player
  • 9x All-WNBA Selection (1st Team – 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017; 2nd Team – 2010, 2013, 2014, 2021)
  • 8x WNBA All-Star (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)
  • 4x All-Defensive Team pick (1st Team – 2017; 2nd Team – 2011, 2012, 2015)
  • 3x Olympic Gold Medalist with Team USA (2012, 2016, 2021)
  • 12x WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month including earning honor a WNBA record four-straight times in 2016.
  • WNBA-record 32x Eastern Conference Player of the Week (10x with Connecticut; 20x with New York; 2x with Washington)
  • 2010 WNBA Rookie of the Year (Unanimous selection)
  • 2021 WNBA Scoring Leader with a career-best 23.4 ppg
  • Entering 2023, has 173 career double-doubles, which ranks second in league history behind Sylvia Fowles’ 193
  • Ranks 2nd all-time in total rebounds with 3,640, 4th in total points with 7,115, and 2nd in 2pt FG made with 2,687.
  • Became just the fourth player in WNBA history to score 7,000 points on July 24 vs Atlanta, joining Hall of Famers Tina Thompson and Tamika Catchings and future Hall of Famer Diana Taurasi.
  • In 2016, became 3rd player in WNBA history to lead league in scoring (21.5 ppg) and rebounding (9.9 rpg) in the same season.
  • Led league in rebounding three-straight seasons (2010-12) and for a fourth time in 2016.
  • Holds the 3rd and 4th highest single-season rebounding total in WNBA history (398 in 2010 and 374 in 2011)
  • Became the fastest player in WNBA history to record 400, 500, 600 and 700 career rebounds
  • First player in WNBA history to record three games with 20-points and 20-rebounds
  • Has scored 30+ points in 23 career games and ranks second all-time with 78 25+ point games.
  • Set WNBA record 23 double-doubles in a season in 2011
  • New York Liberty all-time leading rebounder with 1,243 as a member of the Liberty
  • Established rookie records for most rebounds in a game with 23 and double-doubles in a season with 22
  • Selected as one of four finalists for the 2016 Sports Humanitarian of the Year Award.
  • Passed Vickie Johnson to become the Liberty’s all-time leading scorer on June 4, 2019.

2022: Signed as a free agent with Phoenix, appearing in 16 games before being waived by the Mercury on June 25 and signing a free agent deal with Seattle on June 28 … poured in 12.6 points per game while adding 7.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.7 blocks and 0.7 steals in 18 games with the Storm … averaged 14.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in 34 total games over the course of the season … scored 20+ points in nine games and had five double-doubles … scored 22 points and added 11 rebounds in Mercury’s win over Seattle (May 11) … scored at least 26 points in three of final four games with Phoenix including a season-high 29 points at Indiana (June 15) … came off the bench for the first eight games with Seattle–the first time in her career she was not in the starting lineup … made first start at Phoenix (July 22), posting a 27-point, 15-rebound double-double while adding four blocks and two steals … made first playoff appearance since 2017 … became just the 11th player to record 18+ rebounds in a playoff game pulling down 18 boards in Seattle’s WNBA Semifinal Game One win at Las Vegas (Aug. 28).

2021: Appeared in 27 games with the Washington Mystics, leading the league in scoring at 23.4 ppg and adding 9.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 0.9 steals … named a member of The W25, honoring the 25 best and most influential players of the first 25 years of the WNBA … All-WNBA Second-Team selection … named WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month in June after averaging 24.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game … two-time WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week (June 14, Sept. 13) … scored a season-high 34 points in three games, including a 34-point, 16-rebound double-double in an upset win at Seattle (June 22) … followed that up with a 34-point, 17-rebound double-double in an overtime victory at Chicago (July 10).

2020: Received a medical opt out for the 2020 WNBA season.

2019: Started and appeared in 33 games in the 2019 season… Led the team with 16.9 PPG, 7.5 RPG and 2.4 APG…Scored a season-high 32 points against the Indiana Fever during the New York Liberty home opener on May 24…Finished 2019 with five double-doubles and fourteen 20-point plus games…Was selected as a 7x WNBA All-Star, Eastern Conference Player of the Week…Passed Vickie Johnson to become the franchise’s all-time leading scorer… Moved to fifth on WNBA’s all-time rebounding list…Season high 14 rebounds (2X), 6 Assists vs Chicago Sky, 3 Blocks (4X) and 8 Double-Doubles.

2018: Started in 33 games of the 2018 season…Averaged 43.7% in field goals (Highest of her seasons with the Liberty)…Led the Liberty with a season-high 34 points at home against Dallas (5/29)… Season high of 15 rebounds on the road against Minnesota (7/24)…Averaged 19.7 PPG…Shot 77% from the free throw line…Averaged 7 rebounds per game…Scored double figures in 31 of 33 games…Became second player in Liberty history to pass 3,000 points…Voted into the 2018 WNBA All-Star Game for her sixth all-star game appearance… Honored by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in September 2018 and received a 2018 Mannie Jackson-Basketball’s Human Spirit Award… Was named WNBA player of the week for a record of 30 times in her career and her 20th time with the Liberty on July 8th.

2017: Started all 34 games for the Liberty, leading the team in scoring (19.7 ppg), rebounding (9.4 rpg), and 3-point field goal percentage (.348)…Finished the season ranked 3rd in the WNBA in scoring, 4th in rebounding, and 6th in minutes (32.2 mpg)… Named 1st Team All-WNBA for a 3rd-straight season… Named 1st Team WNBA All-Defensive for the 1st time in her career… Selected as Eastern Conference Player of the Month for July and August/September, increasing her league record to 11-career Player of the Month awards… Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week 7 times (6/5, 6/23, 7/24, 7/31, 8/21, 8/28, 9/4) establishing a new WNBA record by receiving the honor 28 times in her career… Recorded a new Liberty single-game record with 19 rebounds against Chicago, also breaking the franchise all-time rebounding mark in the same game… Received the WNBA Cares Community Assist Award for August 2017… Tallied 18 points and 6 rebounds in playoff game against Washington (9/10)… Recorded a double-double with 18 points and 18 rebounds, 1 shy of her season-high. Also had 3 assists and 1 steal in win at Dallas (9/3)… With her first basket of the game passed Chamique Holdsclaw to hold 20th place in scoring all alone with 4,738 points. 10 of her 22 points came within the first 5 minutes of the game. Also collected 8 rebounds in home-win over Chicago (8/27)…Scored 20 points to tie with Chamique Holdsclaw for 20th all-time in scoring at 4,716 points. Matched a season-high 3 steals. Pulled down 7 rebounds in home win over Washington (8/25)…  Finished with a game-high 24 points and hauled in 7 rebounds in road-win over Connecticut (8/18)… Netted 21 points and pulled down 7 rebounds to move past DeLisha Milton-Jones for 6th place in WNBA history (8/13)… Led the Liberty with 26 points. Grabbed 7 rebounds and handed out a team-high 4 assists in win over Indiana (8/8)… Scored a game-high 25 points in a comeback win at Indiana. Collected 4 assists and 3 rebounds (7/28)…Managed her 10th double-double of the season with 24 points and 16 rebounds. Also dished out 2 assists and 1 block against Minnesota (7/25)…Poured in 28 points on 12-of-21 shooting against Connecticut. Also managed 17 rebounds, 2 short of her season high (7/19)…Scored 23 points with 1 assist in 33 minutes (7/14)…Scored 29 points for the second game in a row. Pulled down 8 rebounds and managed 2 take-aways at Phoenix (7/9)… Led the Liberty with 29 points and 12 rebounds. Also had 4 assists and 3 blocks against Seattle (7/6)…Finished with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Also had 5 assists and 3 blocks against Atlanta (7/2)…Led the team with a season-high 6 assists. Also scored 20 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the Liberty in both categories against Connecticut (6/23)…Posted her 5th double-double of the year with 25 points and 10 rebounds in an overtime win at Dallas (6/16)…Recorded her 4th double-double of the season with 21 points, and 14 rebounds, 1 shy of her season-high, also had 3 assists against Seattle (6/11)…Scored 18 points, 17 of which came in the 1st half, and finished with a season-high 15 rebounds in win over Atlanta (6/7)…… Finished with a career-high 36 points to for her 4th-straight game of 20-plus points, it was her 10th career 30-points game and 7th as a member of the Liberty, also had 10 rebounds and 3 assists in win over Dallas (6/2) …Scored the first 11 Liberty points over 5:23 of action and had 19 points in the 1st half, finished with 25 points to lead all scorers, also had 5 rebounds in game against Sparks (5/30)… Went 12-of-25 from the field, scoring a season-high 28 points at Seattle; scored 13 of her 28 points in the 1st 5:06 of the 3rd quarter and shot 8-of-10 in the period – also  had 9 rebounds and 2 steals (5/26) …Earned her 1st double-double of the season with 22 points, 15 of which came during the 1st half, and 11 rebounds in a win at Phoenix (5/23).

2016: Appeared in 32 games making 32 starts… Led the WNBA in scoring (21.5 ppg) and rebounding (9.9 rpg) becoming just the 3rd player in league history to win the scoring and rebounding statistical titles in the same season… Named 2016 All-WNBA First Team… Finished 2nd in the WNBA Most Valuable Player voting… Posted a league-leading 20 double-doubles and scored in double figures 31 times… Swept the WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month Awards for the 2016 season, winning for May, June, July, and August/September, becoming the first player in league history to sweep the award for a season and the first to win four-straight Player of the Month accolades… Named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week seven times, a new WNBA single-season record (May 24, June 6, June 20, June 27, July 6, July 25, Sept. 12)… Won her 2nd Olympic Gold Medal competing for the U.S. Women’s National Team at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio; started every game during the Olympic tournament for the United States… Named a finalist for the 2016 Sports Humanitarian of the Year Award. As a finalist she received $25,000 to donate to her charity the Hopey’s Heart Foundation… Won the May WNBA Cares Community Assist Award, becoming first player in league history to pick up Player of the Month and Community Assist Award for the same month of competition… Scored 20-plus points in nine-straight games from June 11-July 3, which ties for the fourth-longest streak in WNBA history…Blocked a season-high 5 shots along with scoring 29 points and grabbing 10 boards in New York’s game at Dallas (9/11)… Scored 23 points with 15 rebounds in a win over the Mercury, surpassing 4,000-career points, becoming the sixth fastest and third youngest to do so in league history (9/3)… Finished with 29 points and 9 rebounds in New York’s 88-85 win at Chicago (7/8)… Scored 27 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 35 minutes against Los Angeles (7/3)… Tallied her 11th double-double of the season, scoring 31 points and hauling in 10 rebounds in victory at Phoenix (7/1)… Scored 26 points, hauled in 8 boards and dished out 5 assists in New York’s overtime loss to Phoenix (6/26)… Was one rebound shy of a triple-double as she went for 23 points, a career-high 10 assists, and 9 boards in New York’s double-overtime win at Atlanta (6/22)… Had her 8th double-double of the season with 26 points and 15 rebounds and added 6 assists in New York’s overtime win at Indiana (6/19)… Tied her career high with 32 points (13-of-25 FG), draining 2 3-pointers in the Liberty’s victory at Connecticut (6/16)… Hit a career-high three 3’s on her way to scoring 28 points, the last of which came on a go-ahead 17-footer with 40 seconds to play, to lead the team in a thrilling 91-88 victory over Dallas (6/14)… Poured in 29 points while also grabbing 10 boards, dishing out 6 assists, and collecting a career-best 7 steals in the Liberty’s matchup with Atlanta (5/24)… Scored 17 points and collected 16 rebounds in New York’s contest against Los Angeles (5/21)… Posted second-straight double-double to start the season with 24 points and 11 rebounds, leading the Liberty in both categories, in a win over Dallas in the 2016 home opener (5/15)… Led the Liberty to a win in its 2016 season opener with 24 points and 11 rebounds in an 87-76 win at Washington (5/14).

2015: Named to the 2015 All-WNBA First Team… Named to the 2015 WNBA All-Defensive Second Team… Voted a starter for the 2015 WNBA All-Star Game (4th All-Star appearance and second time voted a starter)… Named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for July… Named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week on July 20 and again on August 3… Finished third in the voting for league MVP… Started all 34 games …Averaged 17.1 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.4 assist and 31.0 minutes per games… Ranked 2nd in the league in rebounding (8.5), 4th in scoring (17.1) and 7th in minutes (31.0)…Scored in double figures 34 times (including playoffs) and had a team-high 15 double doubles… Tied for the league lead with 12 regular season double-doubles… Playoff averages of 20.3 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 4.0 apg… Scored at least 22 points in 4-of-6 playoff games… Season high of 31 points against Connecticut (6/5)… Recorded 100th-career double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds in a win over Atlanta (6/21)… Eclipsed 3,000-career points in a win at Washington, scoring 21 with 10 rebounds; tied for the 10th-fastest player in WNBA history to reach the 3,000-point plateau, doing so in 175-career games (7/9)… Erupted for 30 points (14-24 FG), scoring 12 points in the 4th quarter, her 3rd 30-point game as a member of the Liberty, to lead New York to an 81-77 comeback win at Seattle (7/21)… Reined in her 2,000th-career rebound, the 18th player in WNBA history to do so, in posting a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds in a win over Connecticut (9/9)… Scored 22 points with a team-high 5 assists and 8 rebounds while playing a career-playoff high 45 minutes in game one of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against Washington (9/18)… Became just the third player in WNBA history to post at least 18 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists in a playoff game, doing so in a win over Indiana in game one of the Eastern Conference Finals (9/23).

2014: Started all 34 games in 2014 … Led the Liberty in scoring and rebounding with 17.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, respectively … Only player in the WNBA to rank in the top-five for points and rebounds… Had a team-best 17 double-doubles … Scored 20 or more points in 13 games, including two games with 30-plus points … Recorded 17 games with double-digit rebounds … Established a career-high with 32 points against Minnesota (7/6) … Scored 31 points with 15 rebounds against Los Angeles (7/23) … Voted to her fourth-career WNBA All-Star Game.

2013: 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 … 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 … Named a starter to the 2013 East All-Star roster.

2012: WNBA Most Valuable Player… 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 … 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 … 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).

2011: 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 … Set 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 … 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 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 … 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.

2010: Started all 34 games … Completed one of the best rookie seasons in WNBA history, recording a rookie-record 22 double-doubles …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 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.

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 the John R. Wooden Award and the 2010 Naismith Trophy … 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 … BIG EAST Freshman of the Year.

PRO OVERSEAS: Played for Galatasaray in Turkey in 2011-12… Played for Wisla Can-Pack Krakow in Poland from 2012-14… Played for Fenerbahce in Turkey in 2014-15… Played for Xinjiang in China in 2015-16.

INTERNATIONAL: Won a gold medal with the USA Women’s USA U18 Team at the FIBA Americas Championship in Colorado Springs in 2006… Represented the USA at the World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia in 2009, winning a gold medal… Only college player selected for USA National Team to compete at the 2009 Ekaterinburg International Invitational… Named the 2009 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year… Represented Team USA at the FIBA World Championships in the Czech Republic in2010, winning a gold medal… Won a Gold Medal at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London… Won a second FIBA World Championship for Women gold medal in Turkey in 2014… Member of the 2016 USAB Women’s Basketball gold medal winning team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

PERSONAL: Full name is Tina Alexandria 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 … Has donated her entire WNBA salary to her Hopey’s Heart foundation, which she founded in 2013 and has placed more than 260 AED’s worldwide…  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 Connect To Learn, a global initiative dedicated to helping educate children in impoverished areas.


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