Forward Jessica Breland, 29, starred at the University of North Carolina. During her time there, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. She had to sit out the 2009-10 season, but fortunately recovered.
The Minnesota Lynx selected her in the second round with the 13th overall pick in the 2011 WNBA Draft. She was then traded to the New York Liberty. After 2 seasons with the Liberty and 1 with the Indiana Fever, Breland signed as a free agent with the Sky for the 2014 season.
This season, she is averaging 8.9 points per game, while collecting 6.6 rebounds. She is shooting 46.9% from the field and 36.8% from 3 point land.
In Wednesday's game, she led the Sky with 30:16 minutes played and 22 points scored, on an incredible 11-16 (68.8%) shooting.
Breland discussed her impressive offensive performance and the rebound dominance of the Sky. She was quick to share credit with her teammates.
As with Coach Amber Stocks and Guard Cappie Pondexter, I was very impressed by Breland's composure, professionalism and attitude. At 3-11 with no home wins, it would be easy to hang your head. Instead, the Sky shows every sign of remaining positive and pulling together as a team. I really hope they start collecting wins and I believe they will. Better times are ahead.
Once again, I thank the Chicago Sky for their hospitality. It was a wonderful experience and one that I will be repeating and covering here and on the Patch. In the meantime, go to Sky.WNBA.com for more info.