Bertie's Jessica Breland Battles Cancer To Get Back On Court

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- No. 15 North Carolina isn't taking anything for granted anymore.

Standout forward Jessica Breland out of Bertie High School learned that lesson when cancer robbed her of a season. Her Tar Heels teammates picked up a different version of that lesson once the defeats kept mounting.

Maybe that's why No. 15 North Carolina seems more optimistic than usual at the start of what it hopes is a bounce-back season.

Breland is healthy and back on the court. And the Tar Heels desperately want to rebound from a miserable 2009-10 by getting back to the rebound-and-run ways that have become coach Sylvia Hatchell's trademark.

Breland might be the best comeback story in women's basketball this season. She says she's 100 percent healthy after missing last season to fight Hodgkin's lymphoma.


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