Courtesy: Duke Sports Information Release: 09/19/2013
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DURHAM, N.C. – With WNBA playoffs beginning on Thursday, five former Blue Devils are heading to the postseason, including Alana Beard, Karima Christmas Monique Currie, Jasmine Thomas and Krystal Thomas. Lindsey Harding and Monique Currie continue to play well for the Sparks and Mystics, respectively. Harding has maintained fifth in the league in assists on top of an 11.4 points per game average and Currie has started all 29 games played this season and has had 17 double-digit efforts, including her last two games played.
Mistie Bass - Duke ‘06 Connecticut Sun, 6-3, Forward 2013 Stats: 33 games, 7.0 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0. BPG Bass shined in her last five games with the Sun, adding three more double-digit efforts to bring her to eight contests with 10 or more points. In the final game of the regular season, Bass surpassed her top output of the season from August 27 against Los Angeles, posting 16 points on the night, assisting four baskets, and grabbing 12 rebounds. The Sun did not make for the playoffs, ending their season in sixth place in the Eastern Conference with a 10-24 record.
Alana Beard – Duke ‘04 LA Sparks, 5-11, Guard/Forward 2013 Stats: 32 games, 6.2 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.4 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.3 BPG Beard helped lead the Sparks to the playoffs in her second season with the team, starting all 32 games she has played. In those contests, she has scored double-figures in 12, including a season-high 13 points twice, most recently July 17 against Atlanta. Beard started off September solidly with two 10-point games. The No. 2 seed Sparks will open the playoffs against the No. 3 seed Phoenix Mercury on Thursday. The teams split during the regular season.
Karima Christmas – Duke ‘11 Indiana Fever, 6-0, Guard/Forward 2013 Stats: 34 games, 8.6 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.1 APG, 1.8 SPG, 0.3 BPG As the Fever head into the playoffs for the ninth straight year, Christmas could continue to play an integral role on the team. Christmas has been one of the top defenders in the league this season, ranking fifth in the WNBA for steals, averaging 1.8 steals per contest. She has recorded three or more steals on 16 occasions this season. She ended September on a wonderful offensive effort however, scoring a career-high 21 points and two assists in addition to five rebounds and three blocks in the Fever’s last game against Connecticut. Fourth-seeded Indiana is slated to face to top-seeded Chicago in the conference semifinals on Friday.
Monique Currie – Duke ‘06 Washington Mystics, 6-0, Forward 2013 Stats: 34 games, 10.5 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 1.5 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.2 BPG Currie finished the regular season starting all 34 games she played in, averaging 25.9 minutes per game and 10.5 points per contest, ranking third among the Mystics. For the season, she has scored double-figures in 19 contests, eight of those games resulting in 15 or more points for Currie. In September, Currie had two 13-point games and averaged 4.4 rebounds across five contests. For the regular season, Currie was the 13th leading scorer in the Eastern Conference which third-seeded Washington can use when it faces off against second-seeded Atlanta on Thursday.
Lindsey Harding – Duke ‘07 LA Sparks, 5-8, Guard 2013 Stats: 33 games, 10.9 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 5.2 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.4 BPG Harding rounded out an outstanding season in her first year with the Sparks with three double-digit games in September, bringing her to 20 games with 10 or more points. She ranked fourth in scoring on the Sparks this year and led the squad in assists, ranking fifth overall in assists in the WNBA and five or more assists in 17 contests this season, including 10 assists against Tulsa on September 6. Harding also ranked 19th in the Western Conference in scoring for the season. Second-seeded Los Angeles will face third-seeded Phoenix on Thursday.
Jasmine Thomas – Duke ’11 Atlanta Dream, 5-9, Guard 2013 Stats: 34 games, 8.5 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 3.1 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.3 BPG Thomas started 29-of-34 games for the Dream throughout the regular season and was second on the team in assists per game, averaging 3.1 assists with a season-high six dishes accomplished six times this season, most recently against the San Antonia Silver Stars. Thomas also ranks sixth for assists in the Eastern Conference and 15th overall. With three double-figure efforts in September, Thomas had 12 games with 10 or more points this season, including a season-high 19 points in the Dream’s September 2 game against the LA Sparks. Thomas ended the season with eight points and six assists against San Antonio, but after a four-game losing streak, the second-seeded Dream is hoping to turn it around in the playoffs on Thursday vs. the third-seeded Mystics.
Krystal Thomas – Duke ‘11 Phoenix Mercury, 6-5, Center 2013 Stats: 34 games, 2.3 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 0.2 APG, 0.2 SPG, 0.5 BPG Thomas has reached the scoring column in 25 of her 34 games this season and is fifth on the Mercury in rebounds, averaging 4.1 per game. Thomas totaled a game-high 10 rebounds along with four points and one blocked shot in 1-of-3 starts she has had this season against Minnesota at the end of July. She ended the season with eight rebounds, an assist, and seven points in a losing effort to the LA Sparks, which third-seeded Phoenix will face again Thursday for game one of the Western Conference Semifinals.