|WNBA's Chicago Sky – No. 51|
February 23, 1988 |
New York City
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||165 lb (75 kg)|
|Draft||13th overall, 2011
|New York Liberty (2011)
Connecticut Sun (2011)
Indiana Fever (2013)
Chicago Sky (2014-present)
|Awards and honors|
|WNBA All-Star (2014)|
Growing up in Kelford, North Carolina, Jessica Breland attended Bertie High School in Windsor where she was a 3 sport athlete participating in volleyball and track & field and basketball. In her senior year she averaged 22 points per game and 12 rebounds for the Falcons basketball team. She was an All-American selection by McDonald's, the WBCA, and Parade Magazine, 2nd team All-American selection by EA Sports, 3rd-Team Street and Smith's All-America pick, Gatorade Player of the Year in North Carolina as a senior, and a USA U18 Women's National Team Trials Invitee.
In 2009, when playing for the North Carolina Tar Heels, Breland was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph system. She underwent chemotherapy and had to sit out the 2009-10 season, but recovered.
Breland was selected in the second round of the 2011 WNBA Draft (13th overall) by the Minnesota Lynx. She was then traded to New York. She signed a free agent contract with the Chicago Sky in 2014.
- Heyman, Brian (21 May 2011). "Rookie in W.N.B.A. Who Is Veteran in Life’s Lessons Faces Battle to Make Liberty". New York Times. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
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- http://www.wnba.com draft2011/draft_board.html 2011 WNBA Draft board
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