|No. 51 – Phoenix Mercury|
|Born||February 23, 1988|
New York City, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||166 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. In 2011, Breland was awarded the Honda Inspiration Award which is given to a collegiate athlete "who has overcome hardship and was able to return to play at the collegiate level".
North Carolina statistics
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|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|
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.
On February 19,2020, Breland was traded to the Phoenix Mercury in a three-team deal.
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