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UNC Women's Basketball Bio
51 Jessica Breland
Breland Breland 443139

 

 


Missed the entire 2009-10 season while receiving treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma • After being diagnosed in the spring of 2009, spent six months undergoing chemotherapy at UNC Hospitals.

JUNIOR SEASON 2008-09 Appeared in all 35 games and started 27, averaging 14.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per contest • Also averaged 3.1 blocks per outing, good for seventh in the NCAA and tops in the ACC • An extremely versatile post player who became one of the nation's top all-around players as a junior • Named to the Wooden Award Midseason Top 20 list • Led the league in double-doubles with 16, including 10 against ACC opponents • Ranked in the top 10 in the ACC in five statistical categories • Became the 12th ACC player to record 200 career blocked shots and currently ranks in the top 10 in league history • Also just the third player in UNC history to record at least 100 blocks in a single season • Named All-ACC second-team for her efforts • Also a member of the ACC All-Defensive Team • Currently ranks seventh in school history in career field-goal percentage (.526) and third in career blocks (231) • Earned MVP honors in the Preseason WNIT on the strength of a 31-point effort in the title game win at Oklahoma • Earned MVP honors in the Junkanoo Jam with back-to-back double-doubles against Pacific and Oregon State • Carried UNC to a win at Ohio State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge with 29 points on 11-of-15 shooting • Earned ACC Player of the Week honors for her efforts • Opened ACC play with a 13-point, 13-rebound double-double in the win at Clemson • Clemson game capped a run of nine straight games in double figures • After suffering an ankle injury in the home win over NC State, returned to post five straight double-digit scoring efforts • Capped that run with back-to-back double-doubles against Maryland and Wake Forest • Followed a 20-point, 11-rebound performance in the Virginia Tech win with 14 points and a career-high 23 rebounds in the win over Duke • Helped the Tar Heels rebound from the loss at Florida State with consecutive double-doubles in wins over Wake Forest and Georgia Tech • Closed the regular season with double-doubles in her last two games against Miami and Duke as well as the pre-tournament win over South Dakota • Earned first-team All-Tournament accolades after averaging 22.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in two games of the ACC Tournament • Had 22 points and 11 boards against Clemson in the quarterfinals • Added 23 points and seven boards in the semifinal loss to Maryland • Had 17 points, nine rebounds and five blocks in the first round NCAA Tournament win over UCF • Notched her 16th double-double of the season in the second round loss to Purdue with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

SOPHOMORE SEASON 2007-08 Appeared in all 36 games, averaging 10.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per contest • ACC Sixth Player of the Year • Finished the season sixth in school history in career blocked shots with 123, including 74 in 2007-08 • Had six points, 11 rebounds and three blocks in the win over North Carolina Central on Nov. 9 • Recorded her fourth career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds in the win over No. 12 Arizona State on Nov. 11 • Added another double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds in the win over Elon on Nov. 13 • Established a new career high with 19 points in the win over Coppin State on Nov. 16 • Reached double figures for the fifth straight game with 12 points in the win over Georgia State on Nov. 19 • Made her first career start and finished with three points, eight rebounds and a career-high four assists in the win over Furman on Nov. 25 • Started her second straight game, finishing with eight points and 10 rebounds in the win over College of Charleston on Nov. 27 • Scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the loss at No. 1 Tennessee on Dec. 2 • Scored eight points and tallied a season-high 13 rebounds in the win over Wofford on Dec. 9 • Rebounded from a down game against Coastal to score 12 points and grab seven boards in the win over Western Kentucky on Dec. 20 • In one of the best games of her career, scored 18 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked five shots in just 19 minutes off the bench in the win over Georgia Tech on Jan. 5 • Tallied 10 points, six rebounds and four blocks in a career-high 24 minutes in the win at NC State on Jan. 13 • Scored 18 points and pulled down nine rebounds in a career-high 28 minutes in the win over Boston College on Jan. 17 • Finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in the loss at No. 1 Connecticut on Jan. 21 • Finished with eight points and 12 rebounds in the win over No. 4 Maryland on Jan. 26 • Scored 13 points and pulled down four rebounds in the win at No. 11 Duke on Feb. 4 • Scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season in the win over Clemson on Feb. 7 • Scored nine points on 4-of-5 shooting and tallied a season-high three steals in the win at Virginia on Feb. 15 • Finished with 14 points, six rebounds and three blocks in the win over Florida State on Feb. 17 • Picked up her fourth double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds • Also matched career highs with five blocks and three steals • Scored 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting in the win over NC State on Feb. 25 • Scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds in the ACC Tournament quarterfinal win over Clemson • Had a standout offensive performance against No. 25 Virginia in the semifinals with 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting • Had an outstanding first round NCAA Tournament game, finishing with 14 points and a game-high nine rebounds in the win over Bucknell • Finished with 11 points and seven boards in the Sweet 16 win over Louisville • Had eight points and nine rebounds in the Elite Eight loss to LSU.

FRESHMAN SEASON 2006-07 Appeared in 37 games off the bench for the Tar Heels • Averaged 6.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in 14.4 minutes per game • Second on the team and 10th in the ACC in blocks with 1.31 per game • Made 54.4 percent of her field goals, good for third on the team • Led all ACC freshmen in field goal percentage • Opened her career with back-to-back double-doubles • Had 18 points and 14 rebounds in her debut against East Tennesse State on Nov. 10 and 13 points and 10 boards two days later against Winston-Salem State • Scored 13 points against South Carolina State on Dec. 16 • Missed the Dec. 28 game against Delaware State while fighting a stomach virus • Had a career-high four blocks in the win over Tennessee Tech on Dec. 30 • Reached double figures in scoring for the first time since the South Carolina State game and the seventh time this season with 10 points against Georgia Tech on Jan. 18 • Also added seven rebounds, her highest output in an ACC game to that point • Just missed double figures with nine points and five rebounds in the Miami win on Feb. 18 • Had her most productive ACC game of the season with 14 points and nine rebounds against Wake Forest on Feb. 22 • Continued her strong play late in the season with 12 points and six rebounds in the ACC quarterfinal win over Virginia Tech • Scored in double figures for the third time in four games with 14 points on 5 of 6 shooting in the ACC semifinal win over Maryland • Led the Tar Heels with 14 points and nine rebounds in the first round NCAA win over Prairie View • Scored in all five NCAA Tournament games.

PREP/PERSONAL Coached by Alice Lyons-Bennett • All-America selection by McDonald's, the WBCA and Parade Magazine as a senior • Second-team All-America selection by EA Sports • Third-team Street and Smith's All-America pick • Gatorade Player of the Year in North Carolina as a senior • USA U18 Women's National Team Trials Invitee • Averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds per game • Scored 17 points for the East team to earn MVP honors at the North Carolina Coaches' Association East-West All-Star Game • Also competed in volleyball and track and field • Born Jessica Nicole Breland on Feb. 23, 1988 in Brooklyn, N.Y. • Daughter of Jean and Charles Breland • Has three older siblings, Arneice (34), Christina (29) and Stephanie (27).

Position: Forward
Height: 6'3"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Kelford, N.C.
UNC North Carolina Women's Basketball


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