Jessica Breland

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Jessica Breland
Jessica Breland cropped.jpg
No. 51 – Phoenix Mercury
Personal information
Born (1988-02-23) February 23, 1988 (age 32)
New York City, New York
Listed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight166 lb (75 kg)
Career information
High schoolBertie (Windsor, North Carolina)
CollegeNorth Carolina (2006–2011)
WNBA draft2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 13th overall
Selected by the Minnesota Lynx
Playing career2011–present
Career history
2011New York Liberty
2011Connecticut Sun
2013Indiana Fever
20142017Chicago Sky
20182019Atlanta Dream
2020Phoenix Mercury
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
Stats at

Jessica Nicole Breland (born February 23, 1988) is an American basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).

High school[edit]

Born in New York City,[1] Breland grew up in Kelford, North Carolina,[1] 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.[2]


Jessica Breland at North Carolina

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.[1] 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".[3][4][5]

North Carolina 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
2006-07 North Carolina 37 241 54.4% 42.9% 67.8% 4.5 0.8 0.9 1.3 6.5
2007-08 North Carolina 36 380 53.1% 15.4% 70.2% 7.1 1.2 1.1 2.1 10.6
2008-09 North Carolina 35 493 51.3% 46.7% 76.7% 8.5 1.7 1.5 3.1 14.1
2009-10 North Carolina redshirt
2010-11 North Carolina 34 421 44.2% 24.0% 65.7% 7.1 1.6 1.1 1.9 12.4
Career 142 1535 50.0% 30.0% 70.8% 6.8 1.3 1.2 2.1 10.8


Breland was selected in the second round of the 2011 WNBA Draft (13th overall) by the Minnesota Lynx.[7] She was then traded to New York. She signed a free agent contract with the Chicago Sky in 2014.

On February 2, 2018, Breland signed a contract with the Atlanta Dream.[8]

On February 19,2020, Breland was traded to the Phoenix Mercury in a three-team deal.


  1. ^ a b c Heyman, Brian (May 21, 2011). "Rookie in W.N.B.A. Who Is Veteran in Life's Lessons Faces Battle to Make Liberty". New York Times. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  2. ^ "A Life Inspired: Jessica Breland's heart-stirring ascension".
  3. ^ Staff, S. I. "North Carolina's Breland wins Inspiration Award". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  4. ^ "Awards Overview". CWSA. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  5. ^ "Past Inspiration Award Winners". CWSA. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  6. ^ "NCAA Statistics". Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  7. ^ draft2011/draft_board.html 2011 WNBA Draft board
  8. ^ Kennedy, Rene’ (February 1, 2018). "Atlanta making moves early in free agency". Retrieved February 2, 2018.