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  • As of  Aug. 25, 2018.

USA Basketball Notes

  • Honors: 2009 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year.
  • Gold Medals: 2012 and 2016 Olympics, 2010 and 2014 FIBA World Cups, 2009 World University Games, 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
  • Bronze Medal: 2005 Youth Development Festival.
  • International Invitationals: 2009 UMMC Ekaterinburg International Invitational (gold).
  • 2017-20 USA National Team: Participated in the winter 2018 USA camp in Columbia, South Carolina. Accepted an invitation to participate in the 2017 USA Women's National Team training camp Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Santa Barbara, California, but was unable to attend the camp due to injury.
  • After playing for three USA junior teams from 2005-09, was invited to attend the USA National Team’s 2009 fall training camp and was later named to the the 2010-12 USA National Team, one of just two collegiate athletes on the roster at the time. Since then, has captured a pair of FIBA World Championship gold medals and two Olympic gold medals.
  • Helped the USA post a 19-2 record in exhibition games from 2009-16.
  • Averaged a tournament fifth-best 7.4 rpg. in the 2012 Olympics.
  • Was the USA’s third-leading scorer (10.7 ppg.) and second-best rebounder (4.8 rpg.) at the 2010 FIBA World Championship, while playing just 16.4 minutes a game.
  • Member of the 2009 USA Women's World University Games Team that posted a 7-0 record and earned the gold medal in Belgrade, Serbia.
  • Member of the 2006 U18 National Team that went 4-0 to win the gold medal; set a USA U18 all-time record for rebounding (9.5 rpg.).
  • Member of the 2005 Youth Development Festival Red Team that finished 3-2 and earned the bronze medal.

Professional Notes

  • Drafted: No. 1 in 2010 by the Connecticut Sun; acquired by the New York Liberty on April 14, 2014.
  • WNBA MVP: 2012.
  • All-WNBA first team: 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016.
  • All-WNBA second team: 2010, 2013, 2014.
  • WNBA All-Defensive first team: 2017.
  • WNBA All-Defensive second team: 2011, 2012, 2105.
  • WNBA Rookie of the Year: 2010.
  • WNBA All-Rookie Team: 2010.
  • WNBA All-Star Games: 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018.
  • WNBA scoring champ: 2016.
  • WNBA rebounding champ: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016.
  • EuroLeague All-Star Game: 2011.
  • During her four years (2010-13) with the Connecticut Sun, the Sun compiled a 73-63 (.537) record in the regular season and 3-4 playoff record; the New York Liberty with Charles on the roster has posted an 88-76 (.537) regular season record and 3-5 in the playoffs.
  • Averaged 23.8 ppg. and 12.4 rpg. in leading Xinjing to the 2016 China semifinals and averaged league-bests 35.3 ppg. and 18.3 rpg. in 2016-17 for Sichuan.
  • Competed five seasons in Europe, including for Fenerbache (Turkey) in 2014-15; Dynamo Moscow (Russia) in 2013-14, where she helped Dynamo capture the EuroCup title; Wisla Can-Pack Krakow (Poland) in 2012-13; Galatasary (Turkey) in 2011-12; and Nadezhda (Russia) in 2010-11.
  • Led the WNBA for rebounds in 2012 (10.5 rpg.), 2011 (11.0 rpg.) and 2010 (11.7 rpg.).
  • Established a new league record for double-doubles with 23, eclipsing the record of 22 she set in 2010.
  • Was a unanimous choice for the 2010 WNBA Rookie of the Year award; led all rookies with 15.5 ppg.
  • Established a new WNBA single-season record for rebounds with 398, eclipsing Cheryl Ford’s 363 in 2006; also had a league-record 22 double-doubles (19, Natalie Williams in 2000).

College Years

  • During her four years at UConn, helped the Huskies to a 146-6 record (.961), including a then-NCAA women’s basketball record streak of 78 straight victories to close out her career, captured the 2009 and 2010 NCAA titles, three Big East Conference Tournament championships, four Big East regular season crowns and advanced to the 2008 Final Four and 2007 Elite Eight.
  • Ranks first among all-time UConn career leaders for points (2,346) and rebounds (1,367) and third for blocked shots (304).
  • National Player of the Year honors: John R. Wooden Award, Naismith Trophy, U.S. Basketball Writers Association and Associated Press (2010).
  • Final Four Most Outstanding Player (2009), All-Final Four (2009, 2010) and All-Regional Team (2009, 2010).
  • USBWA All-America Team (2010).
  • Big East Conference Player of the Year (2010) and Freshman of the Year (2007).
  • All-Big East first team and Big East All-Tournament Team (2008, 2009, 2010) and All-Big East second team (2007).
  • USBWA National Freshman of the Year (2007).

Personal Notes

  • Born in Flushing, New York.
  • Daughter of Angella Holgate and Rawlston Charles.
  • 2018 recipient of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Mannie Jackson - Human Spirit Award for her off-court efforts in her community and through Hopey’s Heart Foundation.
  • Donated half her WNBA salary in 2014 and 2015 to Hopey’s Heart Foundation, which provides AEDs to schools and organizations across the U.S. and is hoping to extend to all gymnasiums in which EuroLeague and EuroCup teams practice and play.
  • In 2011, Charles read about the untimely passing of Fennville High School (Mich.) basketball player Wes Leonard, who died of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) at the end of one of his basketball games. Leonard could have been saved with an automated external defibrillator (AED). Moved by his tragedy, Charles donated $14,775 to the New York Department of Education and the Wes Leonard Heart Team to purchase AEDs. In 2012 Charles partnered with OmniPeace and buildOn to build a new school in Mali. She paid for the entire project, which cost about $32,000. She contributed additional efforts to charity, but changed her focus early in 2013 when her aunt, Maureen “Hopey” Vaz passed away due to multiple organ failure. The Leonard tragedy, coupled with her aunt’s death, motivated Charles to set up a foundation in her aunt’s memory.
  • Post-basketball career ambitions included becoming a forensic psychologist; wanted to be a police officer at age five and a veterinarian at 15.
  • Compiled 1,750 points, 1,224 rebounds, 440 assists and 432 blocked shots in three varsity seasons at Christ the King High School (N.Y.); led her team to a pair of USA Today No. 1 final national rankings and state titles in 2005 and 2006 to go with a two-year 57-0 record.
  • USA Today, McDonald's, Parade Magazine, Gatorade and SI.com National High School Player of the Year (2006).

Social

  • Twitter: @tinacharles31
  • Instagram: @tinacharles31
  • Web: hopeysheart.org

USA Basketball Statistics

TEAM G/S MIN/G FGM-FGA PCT 3PM-3PA PCT FTM-FTA PCT REB/AVG PTS/AVG AST TO BLK STL
2016 OLY 8/ 8 19.1 33- 59 .559 0- 0 .--- 11- 13 .846 37/ 4.6 77/ 9.6 25 10 3 7
2016 OLYx 4/ 4 17.5 14- 30 .467 0- 0 .--- 4- 8 .500 17/ 4.3 32/ 8.0 5 3 2 3
2014 WC 6/ 6 24.5 29- 54 .537 0- 1 .000 6- 12 .500 50/ 8.3 64/ 10.7 13 13 3 4
2014 WCx 5/ 4 17.0 22- 45 .489 0- 0 .--- 7- 15 .467 24/ 4.8 51/ 10.2 3 3 2 6
2012 OLY 8/ 6 21.3 36- 82 .439 0- 0 .--- 12- 18 .667 59/ 7.4 84/ 10.5 14 6 5 5
2012 OLYx 4/ 2 18.3 13- 30 .433 0- 0 .--- 4-6 .667 24/ 6.0 30/7.5 4 8 1 0
2011 WNT 5/4 30.4 35-60 .583 0- 0 .--- 4- 7 .571 39/ 7.8 74/ 14.8 9 8 1 6
2010 WC 9/ 6 16.4 40- 68 .588 0- 1 .000 16-25 .640 43/ 4.8 96/ 10.7 6 10 1 5
2010 WCx 4/ 3 19.0 23- 37 .622 0- 0 .--- 7-11 .636 28/ 7.0 53/ 13.3 5 8 1 2
2010 WNT 1/ 0 14.0 3-7 .429 0- 0 .--- 0-0 .--- 5/ 5.0 6/6.0 1 1 2 1
2009 WNT 3/ 0 16.7 16- 30 .533 0- 0 .--- 5-9 .556 20/ 6.7 37/ 12.3 3 4 4 1
2009 WUG 7/ 5 19.0 47- 94 .500 0- 0 .--- 19-29 .655 57/ 8.1 113/ 16.1 5 18 1 8
2006 U18 4/ 2 20.5 20- 48 .417 0- 0 .--- 8-12 .667 38/ 9.5 48/ 12.0 2 13 1 3
2005 DF-Wh 5/ 3 33.8 43-100 .430 0- 0 .--- 19-37 .514 67/13.4 105/ 21.0 6 17 11 12
Totals 73/53   374-744 .504 0-2 .000 124-202 .615 508/ 7.0 870/ 11.6 101 25 38 63

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