Tina Charles
American basketball player
Tina Charles
Tina Charles is an American women's basketball player with the Connecticut Sun of the Women's National Basketball Association and the Galatasaray Medical Park of the TWBL. Originally from Jamaica, New York, Charles was drafted 1st overall in the 2010 WNBA Draft. In 2009 and 2010, she and teammate Maya Moore led the Connecticut Huskies to two undefeated national championships.
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Diana Taurasi leads U.S. women's basketball team past Canada
ABC News - 7 months
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Diana Taurasi scored 14 points and Elena Delle Donne added 12 to help the U.S. women's basketball team beat Canada 83-43 on Friday night in an exhibition game. After struggling in their first two exhibition games in the first half, the Americans jumped all over their neighbors to the north. The U.S. had just a three-point lead on the U.S.A. Select Team in their pre-Olympic tour opener Monday and led France by one point at the half on Wednesday. The Americans wouldn't let that happen against Canada. Geno Auriemma started five UConn alums much to the delight of the Connecticut fans who turned out in force to send off the Americans to the Rio Olympics next week. Taurasi, Sue Bird, Maya Moore, Tina Charles and Breanna Stewart struggled offensively when they played, but defensively, they shut down Canada. The Canadians missed 13 of their first 14 shots and couldn't recover from the slow start, trailing by 13 after one quarter and.. ...
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Liberty 87, Mystics 76: With Late Surge, Liberty Top Mystics in Opener
NYTimes - 10 months
With the game tied at 73-73, Tina Charles made a basket and a free throw, and the Liberty cruised from there.
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Charles, Cambage named WNBA Players of the Week
Fox News - over 3 years
Connecticut Sun forward Tina Charles and Tulsa Shock center Elizabeth Cambage have been selected as the WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played from July 29-Aug
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'Nothing Will Be The Same' In Newtown, But 'Life Is Carrying On'
Huffington Post - about 4 years
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The children at the Sandy Hook Elementary school won't be returning to classes for another week, but officials from the town, school district and local agencies are doing their best in the meantime to keep them occupied following a massacre at their school two weeks ago. The students have not attended school since a gunman killed 20 of their schoolmates and six adults on Dec. 14. They are slated to return to a different school next Thursday. In the meantime, they've been treated to field trips, toy giveaways and some organized play time. "A couple of the teachers have done pizza parties," said Janet Robinson, Newtown's school superintendent. "Another met her kids at the library so they could have a little reading time together. The most important thing has been connecting the students back to their teacher and their classmates." The Newtown Youth Academy, a nonprofit sports center, opened its doors to all kids in town at no cost shortly af ...
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Newtown trying to give kids a sense of normalcy
Fox News - about 4 years
The children at the Sandy Hook Elementary school won't be returning to classes for another week, but officials from the town, school district and local agencies are doing their best in the meantime to keep them occupied following a massacre at their school two weeks ago. There have been class gatherings for pizza parties, field trips, toy giveaways and some organized play time. The students have not attended school since a gunman killed 20 of their schoolmates and six adults on Dec. 14. They are slated to return to a different school on Jan. 3. The Newtown Youth Academy, a nonprofit sports center, opened its doors to all kids in town at no cost shortly after the shooting. But from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. last week, the building's turf field, basketball and tennis courts, and giant inflatable obstacle course were reserved just for Sandy Hook Elementary students. There have been arts and crafts for the smaller kids, as well as face-pai ...
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Greg Woodburn: The Self-Esteem Wizard
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
October 14 would have been Coach John Wooden's 102nd birthday. He passed away on June 4, 2010 at age 99, having lived a masterpiece life and leaving behind a legacy second to none. Indeed, the countless hearts touched by Coach carry forward his love and wisdom as he would have wished. We remember his Pyramid of Success; ten NCAA Men's Basketball Championships (including seven in a row); and adages as appropriate in life as in basketball such as "Be quick but don't hurry" and "It is amazing how much can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit." My older sister Dallas and I also include a stuffed-animal gorilla in our tribute to Coach. When I was seven-years-old, I spent an afternoon visiting with The Wizard of Westwood in his modest Encino condo. My dad is a sports columnist and had forged a friendship with Wooden over the years, and one day he took Dallas and me on a special trip to meet Coach. Leading us inside his modest-but-immaculate condominium hom ...
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Connecticut Sun center Tina Charles named WNBA MVP
USA Today - over 4 years
Charles, in her third year, all in Connecticut, was the 2010 Rookie of the Year.
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Connecticut's Charles named WNBA MVP
Fox News - over 4 years
Connecticut Sun center Tina Charles has been selected as the WNBA's MVP for the 2012 season.Charles received 25 first-place votes and a total of 345 points from a national panel of 41 sportswriters and broadcasters, outdistancing Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker for the honor
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Lawson, Sun break Fever
Fox News - over 4 years
Kara Lawson poured in a game-high 23 points and handed out six assists Wednesday as the Connecticut Sun topped the Indiana Fever, 73-67, at Mohegan Sun Arena.Tina Charles netted 17 points and ripped down 12 rebounds, while Allison Hightower donated 10 points and four boards for the Sun, who have won back-to- back games and clinched the top spot in the Eastern Conference
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Depth leads U.S. women's basketball team past Turkey
USA Today - over 4 years
Angel McCoughtry led the U.S. with 18 points off the bench as the Americans overwhelmed Turkey. Tina Charles added 16 points.
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USA overcomes slow start in rout of Turkey
Fox News - over 4 years
Angel McCoughtry poured in a game-high 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds to help the United States down Turkey, 89-58, in the women's tournament.Tina Charles netted 16 points and pulled down seven boards as well, while Lindsay Whalen donated 14 points for the Americans, who have now won their three preliminary round games by a combined 108 points
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USA Women's Basketball Beats Croatia 81-56 At London Olympics
The Huffington Post - over 4 years
LONDON -- Tina Charles scored 14 points and Angel McCoughtry added 13 to lead the U.S. women's basketball team to a sloppy 81-56 victory over Croatia on Saturday in their Olympic opener. Coach Geno Auriemma had said he was hoping that the Americans could play a style of basketball that would be entertaining and help grow the game internationally. That didn't happen Saturday as the U.S. struggled for the first three quarters before pulling away to win their 34th consecutive Olympic contest. Read More... More on London Olympics 2012
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Meet Your Olympians
Bronxville-Eastchester Patch - over 4 years
  They've put in innumerable hours of sweat, blood and tears to get where they are today. They are among the best of the best and are ready to prove their mettle. 529 athletes from 45 states will represent the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. They are competing in events as diverse as athletics, fencing, rowing, soccer and basketball. For everyone, from swimmer Katie Ledecky, 15, to 54-year-old equestrian jumper Karen O’Connor, these Games represent the culmination of all the hard work and dedication they've put in to win the coveted medal. It's time to meet the Olympians from New York! Here are a few quick facts about your Olympians! Sue Bird Sex : Female Competing in Basketball Event / position / class : Guard Age : 31 From : Syosset Debbie Capozzi Sex : Female Competing in Sailing Event / position / class : Elliott 6m Age : 31 From : Bayport Tina Charles Sex : Female Competing in Basketball Event / position / class : Center Age ...
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Sun down Lynx
Fox News - over 4 years
Kara Lawson had 22 points and 10 rebounds on Saturday, helping the Connecticut Sun to an 86-80 victory over the Minnesota Lynx.Tina Charles added 19 points and 15 boards while Asjha Jones scored 16 and pulled down 11 rebounds for the Sun, who improved to 12-4 on the season
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Hoop Dreams: Olympic Newbie Preps For Games
NPR - over 4 years
The U.S. women's basketball team is favored to win its fifth consecutive gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Tina Charles, a former University of Connecticut Husky, will play in her first Olympics as the team's center. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Roundup: Tina Charles powers Sun past Dream
USA Today - over 4 years
Tina Charles had 22 points and 11 rebounds and the Connecticut Sun beat the two-time defending Eastern Conference champion Atlanta Dream.
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Roundup: Lynx open title defense with rout of Mercury
USA Today - almost 5 years
Seimone Augustus led the defending champion Lnyx to a 92-77 win over the Mercury, while Tina Charles and the Sun rallied past the Liberty.
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Stanford's Ogwumike expected No. 1 in WNBA Draft (The Associated Press)
Mountain Home News - almost 5 years
There isn't a likely franchise player in WNBA draft on Monday, such as Candace Parker, Angel McCoughtry, Tina Charles and Maya Moore - the No. 1 picks the last four years.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tina Charles
    TWENTIES
  • 2016
    Age 27
    In 2016, she was averaged 43.9 % from field goals, 81.2 % from free throws, and made 21.5 points per game.
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  • 2012
    Age 23
    The 20 professional women's basketball payers, plus one collegiate player (Brittney Griner), were selected by the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Player Selection Committee to compete for the final roster which will represent the USA at the 2012 Olympics in London.
    More Details Hide Details In the weeks leading up to the 2014 WNBA Draft, rumors had circulated that Charles could be traded before the draft, so the Sun could obtain more draft picks. Just before the Draft, Charles was traded to the New York Liberty in exchange for Kelsey Bone, the fourth overall pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft (Alyssa Thomas) and the Liberty's 2015 first round draft pick. Charles has established a foundation, the Heart of Hope Foundation, to distribute Automated external defibrillators (AED) to schools. Charles has also funded a school in Mali.
  • 2010
    Age 21
    Charles was selected to be a member of the National team representing the USA at the World Championships held in September and October 2010.
    More Details Hide Details The team was coached by Geno Auriemma. Because many team members were still playing in the WNBA until just prior to the event, the team had only one day of practice with the entire team before leaving for Ostrava and Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. Even with limited practice, the team managed to win its first games against Greece by 26 points. The team continued to dominate with victory margins exceeding 20 points in the first five games. Several players shared scoring honors, with Swin Cash, Angel McCoughtry, Maya Moore, Diana Taurasi, Lindsay Whalen, and Sylvia Fowles all ending as high scorer in the first few games. The sixth game was against undefeated Australia — the USA jumped out to a 24-point lead and the USA prevailed 83–75. The USA won its next two games by over 30 points, then faced the host team, the Czech Republic, in the championship game. The USA team had only a five-point lead at halftime, which was cut to three points, but the Czechs never got closer. Team USA went on to win the championship and gold medal. Charles averaged 10.7 points per game, third best on the team and was the second leading rebounder with 4.8 per game.
    Charles was named as one of the National team members to represent the USA Basketball team in the WNBA versus USA Basketball. This game replaces the normal WNBA All-Star game with WNBA All-Stars versus USA Basketball, as part of the preparation for the FIBA World Championship for Women to be held in the Czech Republic during September and October 2010.
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    Charles was the overall #1 pick in the 2010 WNBA draft, selected by the Connecticut Sun.
    More Details Hide Details Charles was named the 2010 WNBA Rookie of the Year. In her first season, she set all-time league records for rebounds, with 398, and double-double with 22. (both scoring and rebounds in double digits). On September 2, 2011, Tina Charles had 10 points, 10 assists and 16 rebounds for the first triple-double in Connecticut Sun history, and only the fifth such accomplishment in WNBA history. Charles had eight assists at halftime, and was taken out of the game with nine, because the lead over the opponent was so large. The coach did put her back in the game in the fourth quarter, and she earned an assist on a pass to Jessica Moore, leading to the triple double. However, subsequent review by the league resulted in a change, as three of the assists should not have been credited to Charles, so she ended the game with seven assists, not ten.
    She said, "Barack Obama, we will be here soon!" and after the 2010 championship she made a comment, "President Barack Obama, we're back!"
    More Details Hide Details On February 13, 2010, before the game vs. St. John's, Charles became the 12th UConn Women's basketball player to be recognized in the Huskies of Honor and was the 2nd player to be honored while still a player. The first was Renee Montgomery the year before. On March 1, 2010, during a game against Notre Dame, Charles broke two UConn records on the same night. Her fifth rebound made her the all-time leading rebounder at UConn, surpassing Rebecca Lobo's fifteen-year-old record of 1268. Lobo was present working as a commentator for ESPN, and interviewed Charles after the game. Additionally, Charles started the night in third place in career scoring, behind Kerry Bascom and Nykesha Sales. Sales had scored 2,178 points and Bascom 2,177 in their careers. During the game, Charles surpassed both to become the leading scorer in UConn history.
  • 2009
    Age 20
    Charles was named the USA Basketball 2009 Female Athlete Of The Year, for her contributions to the Gold Medal earned at the 2009 USA Women's World University Games, the Gold Medal earned at the 2009 Ekaterinburg International Invitational, and the undefeated collegiate season leading to a National Championship.
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    On October 5, 2009, Charles was selected to be one of the USA National Team members to travel to the 2009 Ekaterinburg International Invitational.
    More Details Hide Details She was the only college player on the team. Charles contributed to the USA Basketball win at the Ekaterinburg Tournament. She had double-digit scoring in all three games, with the second game, against Euroleasing Sopron, her best result, scoring 15 points in only 13 minutes of play.
    Charles was named a member of the team representing the USA at the 2009 World University Games held in Belgrade, Serbia.
    More Details Hide Details The team won all seven games to earn the gold medal. Charles was the team's leading scorer and rebounder, with 16.1 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game. In the gold medal game against previously undefeated Russia, she had 28 points and 18 rebounds.
    Charles was invited to the USA Basketball Women's National Team training camp in the fall of 2009, one of only three college players invited to the training camp. The team selected to play for the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2012 Olympics is usually chosen from these participants.
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    In 2009 and 2010, she and teammate Maya Moore led the Connecticut Huskies to two undefeated national championships.
    More Details Hide Details Charles played basketball at Christ the King High School in Middle Village, New York. After averaging 26.5 points, 14.8 rebounds and 5.2 blocked shots per game her senior year, she was named WBCA National Player of the Year, “Miss Basketball” for New York state, and was selected as a McDonald’s All-American and tabbed New York City Player of the Year by Newsday, the Daily News and the New York Post.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2006
    Age 17
    The event was held in July 2006, when the USA team defeated Canada to win the championship.
    More Details Hide Details Charles helped set the tone in the opening game against Paraguay, recording a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. In the gold medal game, she had her second double-double of the tournament with 13 points and 13 rebounds. She was the leading scorer on her team with 12 points per games, as well as the leading rebounder, with 9.5 per game.
    She participated in the 2006 WBCA High School All-America Game, where she scored fifteen points and had twelve rebounds.
    More Details Hide Details Charles was named the MVP of the Red team. During high school, Charles also played on the AAU club basketball team the New York Gazelles. In 2009, Charles led the UConn Huskies to a national title as a junior. She was named Final Four MOP and one of the 10 players on the State Farm All-America team during Final Four weekend. Charles made a comment to ESPN during a post-championship interview, in regards to the tradition of sports champions who visit the White House after their title game victories.
    Charles was the leading scorer on the Christ the King team that won 57 consecutive games, leading to a USA Today #1 ranking in the country after an undefeated season in 2006.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1988
    Born
    Born on December 5, 1988.
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