Jia Perkins

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Jia Perkins
No. 7 – Minnesota Lynx
Position Shooting guard
League WNBA
Personal information
Born (1982-02-23) February 23, 1982 (age 35)
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Listed weight 155 lb (70 kg)
Career information
High school Granbury (Granbury, Texas)
College Texas Tech (2000–2004)
WNBA draft 2004 / Round: 3 / Pick: 35th overall
Selected by the Charlotte Sting
Playing career 2004–present
Career history
20042005 Charlotte Sting
20062010 Chicago Sky
2007–2008 Electra Ramat-Hasharon
2009–2010 Galatasaray
20112015 San Antonio Stars
2016–present Minnesota Lynx
Career highlights and awards
Stats at WNBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Jia Dorene Perkins (born February 23, 1982) is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Lynx of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She was born in Newburgh, New York. She moved to Granbury, Texas where she attended Granbury High School.

College career[edit]

College statistics[edit]


  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year Team GP Points FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2000–01 Texas Tech 32 435 45.8 36.4 80.5 4.1 3.8 2.8 0.5 13.6
2001–02 Texas Tech 32 513 42.6 23.3 77.5 5.0 3.8 2.7 0.8 16.0
2002–03 Texas Tech 35 556 43.0 5.3 78.0 5.1 2.8 2.6 0.8 15.9
2003–04 Texas Tech 16 264 50.2 42.1 80.8 4.4 2.1 2.3 0.8 16.5
Career Texas Tech 115 1768 44.4 28.2 79.2 4.7 3.3 2.7 0.7 15.4


Jia helped Texas Tech to get to March Madness, as Texas Tech claimed the 2nd seed. Texas Tech went all the way to the Regional Semifinals, beating 15th seeded Penn State and 7th seeded Virginia Tech. However, in the Regional Semifinals, Texas Tech lost 74-72 to Purdue, who went all the way to the National Championship before losing to Notre Dame.


Despite being seeded in a lesser position, Texas Tech still managed to surge their way through to the Sweet Sixteen round again as the 4th seed team in the West Region's bracket. Texas tech beat 13th seeded Stephen F. Austin in the 1st round, then went on to beat 12th seeded Mississippi State. However, Texas Tech came to the same end as they did in 2001, losing by 10 points to 1st-seeded Oklahoma, who also went on to lose in the Championship.


Texas Tech looked to overcome their Sweet Sixteen losing streak, and this year they were the 2nd-seeded team again. Texas Tech started off a bit shaky, beating 15th-seeded Missouri State by only 8 points. However, they redeemed themselves in the 2nd round, winning 71-48 over UC Santa Barbara. They went on to beat New Mexico by the same score, advancing to the Elite Eight for the first (and last) time in Jia's college era. Texas Tech went on to lose to Duke.


In Jia's last year at Texas Tech, Jia played her fewest ever games in her college career, only playing 16 total games. That being said, Texas Tech also was eliminated in the earliest stage of Jia's college career. Texas Tech finished 4th seeded again, and beat Maine in the 1st round. They went on to lose by 17 points to Louisiana Tech. Jia never did go to the Final Four tournament.

WNBA career[edit]

Perkins was selected by the Charlotte Sting with the 35th pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft. Perkins missed most of the season due to the birth of her daughter.

On November 16, 2005, Perkins was selected by the Chicago Sky in the expansion draft. She played in Chicago for five years and posted a career-best 17.0 points per game in 2008.

In 2009, Perkins was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team as a reserve.

Prior to the 2011 season, she was traded to the San Antonio Stars in exchange for Michelle Snow. That same year, Perkins made her first playoff appearance.

WNBA playoffs[edit]

The Silver Stars qualified for the 2011 WNBA Playoffs and Perkins made her first career postseason appearance in 2011, where the Stars lost in the first round to the Minnesota Lynx. Perkins scored the team's high of 24 points in the 2nd game of the series, played in San Antonio, where the Stars won 84-75.

The next year, the Stars made the 2012 WNBA Playoffs, where the Stars improved to the third seeded spot. However, their season came to an early end as the Los Angeles Sparks defeated them 2-0 in the 1st round.

The Stars missed the playoffs in 2013, but came back in 2014 as the third seed. However, they met the same sticky end that they did in 2012, losing 2-0 to the Lynx. Perkins has played in every playoff game the Stars have partaken in since 2011.

WNBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game  RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game  BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game
 TO  Turnovers per game  FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 Bold  Career high League leader


Regular season[edit]


Awards and achievements[edit]


European career[edit]


  1. ^ "Women's Basketball Player stats". NCAA. Retrieved 23 Sep 2015. 
  2. ^ "Jia Perkins stats". WNBA.com. Retrieved April 9, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Jia Perkins Bio". WNBA.com. Retrieved April 9, 2016. 

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