VIdeo: Best of the Tar Heels in the WNBA this season
In honor of North Carolina women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell's 1,000th career victory on Tuesday, here's a look at some of the best plays from her former players in the WNBA this season, including Ivory Latta, Erlana Larkins, Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, and Jessica Breland.
A Life Inspired: Jessica Breland's heart-stirring ascension
Chicago Sky forward Jessica Breland has had to overcome a lot in her lifetime, from overcoming Hodgkin's lymphoma to placing her career on hold; all on the path of becoming an WNBA All-star. Breland's story is for basketball fans worldwide, in hopes that they will find strength in her struggle to overcome.
The miracle that is Jessica Breland
Sylvia Hatchell walked into Carmichael Arena and saw a runaway Jessica Breland charging toward her. Stopping just short of running over her former coach, Breland, who had not seen Hatchell since the previous summer, asked, "Can I touch you?" Given the go-ahead, she picked up Hatchell and swung her around. The fact that Breland, a starter for the Chicago Sky, could sprint across a gym last April and lift a grown woman was not lost on Hatchell.
Former Tar Heel Jessica Breland basks in WNBA all-star aura
This is a pretty big year for Jessica Breland, not to make the biggest understatement of the year. The 6-foot-3 Chicago Sky forward, acquired during the off-season in free agency, is putting up the best numbers in her three WNBA seasons. By far.
Ivory Latta Named WNBA All-Star Again
Washington Mystics guard and current UNC assistant coach Ivory Latta has been named to the WNBA All-Star game to be held this Saturday, July 19, in Phoenix, Arizona. It is Latta's second all-star appearance. This season, she leads the team in scoring (11.1 ppg) and is second on the team in assists (3.0 apg). She joins fellow Tar Heel Jessica Breland, who earned her first All-Star selection in 2014.
Jessica Breland Selected 2014 WNBA All-Star
Former UNC and current Chicago Sky star Jessica Breland was voted to the 2014 WNBA Eastern Conference All-Star team on Tuesday. "Reflecting on everything that I've overcome makes this honor even more special," said Breland. Breland, who overcame cancer while playing at Carolina, and was out of the WNBA in 2012, is having a career year.
WNBA Summer Update
The latest installment of the 2014 WNBA update finds five former UNC players thriving as the league continues into June. The Washington Mystic, featuring Tar Heels Ivory Latta and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt take on Atlanta on Wednesday at 12 p.m., on NBA TV. And don't forget to cast your 2014 WNBA All-Star ballot. There are only 15 days left to vote for Jessica Breland, Erlana Larkins, Camille Little and Latta.
Tar Heels In The WNBA Update
Five former UNC women's basketball players are active this season in the WNBA, highlighted by former league champions Erlana Larkins of the Indiana Fever and Camille Little of the Seattle Storm. Joining Larkins and Little are Ivory Latta and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt of the Washington Mystics and Jessica Breland of the Fever. Here's a look at how these former Tar Heels are doing in 2013:
Connecticut Sun waives former UNC star Jessica Breland
The Connecticut Sun has trimmed its pre-season roster to 13 players by cutting two players, including former North Carolina star Jessica Breland. The 6-foot-3 Breland was picked up by the Sun last July after being waived by New York, but saw action in just one game. Breland was the first pick in the second round of the 2011 draft, despite having to sit out a year in college while undergoing treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma
Young backcourt the key for No. 20 Tar Heel women
North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell heads into the season wondering how good her young backcourt can be. She knows it could determine how much these Tar Heels accomplish. The 20th-ranked Tar Heels were picked to finish sixth in the Atlantic Coast Conference after losing longtime point guard Cetera DeGraffenreid, shooting guard Italee Lucas and forward Jessica Breland from a 28-win team.
Sylvia Hatchell says Tar Heels may just be better
Sylvia Hatchell says her UNC basketball team might be a lot better than people expect. But it may not be really evident until February and March. With the loss of last season’s senior stalwarts Jessica Breland and guards Italee Lucas and Cetera DeGraffenreid, the Tar Heels – who finished 28-9 last season and were runners-up in the ACC Tournament – might be calling it a rebuilding year.
Jessica Breland Joins WNBA's Connecticut Sun
The Connecticut Sun has signed 6-foot-3 rookie forward Jessica Breland to a seven-day contract. The former North Carolina star received the Honda Inspiration Award last month after returning to the court last fall following one season out while undergoing treatments for Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Former UNC star Jessica Breland receives Inspiration Award
Jessica Breland is always happy to share her story of overcoming Hodgkin's lymphoma with the hope it can be helpful to someone else. The former North Carolina basketball star, who returned to the court last fall after sitting out one season while undergoing treatments, was honored Sunday night as the selection for the Honda Inspiration Award.
Honda Inspiration Award goes to Jessica Breland
Basketball star Jessica Breland, a 2011 Carolina graduate and member the WNBA’s New York Liberty, has been named the 2011 recipient of the 23rd annual Honda Inspiration Award. This award is given each year to a female college athlete who has overcome adversity to excel in her sport.
Jessica Breland wins Inspiration Award
North Carolina basketball player Jessica Breland has won the Honda Inspiration Award after returning to the court following treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma. Breland was diagnosed with the disease in May 2009 and received chemotherapy. She sat out a year and returned to basketball this season. She averaged 19.5 points and 6.8 rebounds in the ACC tournament.