Tina Charles

Position: Center
Height: 6'4" / 193 cms.
Weight: 198 lbs. / 90 kgs.
WNBA Team: Connecticut Sun
School: Connecticut, 2010
Hometown: Jamaica, N.Y.

USA Basketball Notes:

  • Gold Medals: 2012 Olympics, 2010 FIBA World Championship, 2009 UMMC Ekaterinburg International Invitational, 2009 World University Games, 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
  • Bronze Medal: 2005 Youth Development Festival.
  • Honors: Named the 2009 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year.
  • Participated in the 2013 USA National Team mini-camp Oct. 4-6 in Las Vegas.
  •  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.
  • Averaged a USA third-best (tie) 10.5 ppg. and 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.
  • Scored six points, grabbed five boards and had a pair of blocked shots for the USA National Team that defeated the WNBA Stars 99-72 in the “WNBA vs. USA Basketball: Stars at the Sun” game on July 10, 2010.
  • Helped the USA National Team post a 10-1 record in exhibition games from 2009-12.
  • Member of the 2009 USA Women's World University Games Team that posted a perfect 7-0 record to collect 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.
  • WNBA MVP: 2012
  • All-WNBA first team: 2011, 2012
  • All-WNBA second team: 2010, 2013
  • WNBA All-Defensive second team: 2011, 2012
  • WNBA Rookie of the Year: 2010
  • WNBA All-Rookie Team: 2010
  • WNBA All-Star Game: 2011, 2013
  • EuroLeague All-Star Game: 2011
  • In 29 games for the Sun in 2013, averaged a league fifth-best 18.0 ppg. and a league second-best 10.1 rpg.
  • Competed three seasons in Europe, including for Wisla Can-Pack Krakow (Poland) in 2012-13; Galatasary (Turkey) in 2011-12; and Nadezhda (Russia) in 2010-11, where she led the EuroLeague in double-doubles with nine in 12 games.
  • Led the WNBA in 2012 (10.5 rpg.), 2011 (11.0 rpg.) and 2010 (11.7 rpg.) for rebounds.
  • Established a new league record for double-doubles with 23, eclipsing the record of 22 she set in 2010.
  • The unanimous choice of a panel of 39 media members 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 Notes

  • 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 National Player of the Year (2010) and Wade Trophy finalist (2009).
  • NCAA 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).
  • Only freshman in the nation selected to the 52-member Kodak All-District Teams in 2007.

Personal Notes

  • Born on Dec. 5, 1988, in Flushing, N.Y.
  • Daughter of Angella Holgate and Rawlston Charles.
  • Foundation: 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.
  • Wanted to be a police officer at age five and a veterinarian at 15.
  • Named the 2006 National High School Player of the Year by USA Today, McDonald's, Parade Magazine, Gatorade and SI.com.
  • Compiled 1,750 ppg., 1,224 rpg., 440 apg. and 432 bpg. 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 rankins and state titles in 2005 and 2006 to go with a two-year 57-0 record.
USA Basketball Statistics
TEAM G/S FGM-FGA PCT 3PM-3PA PCT FTM-FTA PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
2012 OLY 8/6 36-82 .439 0-0 .--- 12-18 .667
59/7.4
84/10.5
14
5
5
2012 OLYx 4/2 13-30 .433 0-0 .--- 4-6 .667
24/6.0
30/7.5
4
1
0
2010 WC
9/ 6
40- 68
.588
0- 1
.000
16- 25
.640
43/ 4.8
96/ 10.7
6
1
5
2010 WCx
4/ 3
23- 37
.622
0- 0
.---
7- 11
.636
28/ 7.0
53/ 13.3
5
1
2
2010 WNT
1/ 0
3- 7
.429
0- 0
.---
0- 0
.---
5/ 5.0
6/ 6.0
1
2
1
2009 WNT
3/ 0
16- 30
.533
0- 0
.---
5- 9
.556
20/ 6.7
37/ 12.3
3
4
1
2009 WUG
7/ 5
47- 94
.500
0- 0
.---
19- 29
.655
57/ 8.1
113/ 16.1
5
1
8
2006 U18
4/ 2
20- 48
.417
0- 0
.---
8- 12
.667
38/ 9.5
48/ 12.0
2
1
3
2005 DF-Wh
5/ 3
43- 100
.430
0- 0
.---
19- 37
.514
67/ 13.4
105/ 21.0
6
11
12
Totals
45/27
241- 496
.486
0- 1
.000
92-147
.626
341/ 7.6
572/ 12.7
46
27
37

WNBA Statistics
YEAR G/S FGM-FGA PCT 3PM-3PA PCT FTM-FTA PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
2013
29/ 29
218- 545
.400
0- 3
.000
85- 113
.752
293/ 10.1
521/ 18.0
42
28
27
2012
33/33
250-501
.499
1-5
.200
93-116
.802
345/ 10.5
594/ 18.0
57
47
17
2011
34/34
254-543
.468
0-3
.000
92-134
.687
374/ 11.0
600/ 17.6
63
60
26
2010
34/34
206-423
.487
0-1
.000
116-152
.763
398/ 11.7
528/ 15.5
51
57
25
Totals
130/130
928-2012
.461
1- 12
.083
386- 515
.750
1410/ 10.8
2243/ 17.3
213
192
95

College Statistics
YEAR G/S FGM-FGA PCT 3PM-3PA PCT FTM-FTA PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
2010
39/ 39
299- 484
.618
0- 1
.000
110- 161
.683
372/ 9.5
708/ 18.2
63
93
22
2009
39/ 39
259- 418
.620
0- 0
.---
124- 182
.681
348/ 8.9
642/ 16.5
41
62
35
2008
38/ 33
220- 364
.604
0- 0
.---
100- 173
.578
351/ 9.2
540/ 14.2
49
68
28
2007
36/ 32
190- 322
.590
0- 0
.---
76- 128
.594
296/ 8.2
456/ 12.7
30
81
13
Totals
152/143
968-1588
.610
0- 1
.000
410- 644
.637
1367/ 9.0
2346/ 15.43
183
304
98