|No. 51 – Chicago Sky|
February 23, 1988 |
New York City, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||165 lb (75 kg)|
|High school||Bertie (Windsor, North Carolina)|
|College||North Carolina (2006–2011)|
|WNBA draft||2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 13th overall|
|Selected by the Minnesota Lynx|
|2011||New York Liberty|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at WNBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Born in New York City, Breland grew up in Kelford, North Carolina, and attended Bertie High School in Windsor where she was a three-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.
- "A Life Inspired: Jessica Breland's heart-stirring ascension".
- http://www.wnba.com draft2011/draft_board.html 2011 WNBA Draft board
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