DURHAM, N.C.- With the WNBA offseason underway, 11 different Blue Devils are playing overseas as Alana Beard has recently joined the ranks of Duke grads abroad. Listed below is an update on each of the Duke alums through games of March 1.
With just two games left in the Turkish League season, Mosch and Homend Antakya sit in the middle of the league standings at 7-13. Mosch did not play in Antakya’s 72-81 loss against Mersin but returned to score seven points and dish out four assists in 30 minutes of play in a losing effort to Galatasaray.
Homend Antakya (Turkey) - Shooting Guard/Small Forward
Drafted: 1st Round (3rd pick) by the Charlotte Sting (2006)
Antakya’s two losses over the past two weeks can hardly be blamed on Currie, who scored 26 and 16 against Mersin and Galatasaray, respectively. Currie’s 26 points against Mersin came on 7-15 shooting, including 3-5 from three, and a perfect 3-3 from the charity stripe. In the Galatarasay loss, Currie needed 16 attempts from the field and two from the free throw line to score a team-high 16 points.
Townsville Fire (Australia) - Guard
Drafted: 3rd Round by the Indiana Fever
After a two week hiatus, Foley and Townsville returned to the court February 18th in a win over Canberra. Foley went off, scoring 29 points on 4-5 from three-point range and snatching a game-high seven steals. She continued to see the basket well against Sydney on February 22, recording 21 points in addition to grabbing nine boards.
Mistie (Bass) Mims
Challes-Les-Eaux (France) - Center
Drafted: 2nd Round (21st overall) by the Phoenix Mercury (2006)
Mims helped Challes-Les-Eaux to a 1-1 record over the past two weeks, offering solid performances in both outings. In a 77-82 loss to Arras, Mims put up 17 points on 6-10 shooting and pulled in five rebounds. Then in the 81-72 Nice, Mims posted a double-double with 10 boards and 20 points on 10-20 from the field. Challes is third in the league standings at 16-5 behind Bourges (17-4) and Lattes Montpellier (16-3).
Shandog (China) - Center
Drafted: 1st Round (10th overall) by the Connecticut Sun (2009)
Toulouse had a strong two weeks, posting wins over Voiron (69-59) and Limoges (52-38). Gay started both games, scoring 18 points in the Voiron contest and six in the defensive struggle against Limoges. With the wins, Gay and Toulouse moved up to second in the league standings with seven games left on the schedule.
Energa Torun (Poland) - Shooting Guard/Small Forward
Mitchell saw limited action in Energa’s last two games, coming off the bench for identical seven minute, two point performances. In the team’s win over Widzew, the Duke alum added three rebounds and one assist. With just four games remaining in the Polish regular season, Mitchell and her Energa team are fourth in the league standings.
Frisco Sika Brno (Czech Republic) - Guard
Drafted: 1st Round (10th pick) by the Seattle Storm (2011)
Now 22 games into her overseas season, Thomas has experienced mixed results. In Sika Brno’s February 29 win over Trutnov (74-68), Thomas scored 21 points and collected six rebounds out of her guard position. But in the game just prior, she did not see the court by decision of Coach Jan Bobrovsky. Just as at Duke, Thomas has demonstrated strong ball handling skills and the ability to score when called upon.
Union Lyon (France) - Center
Drafted: 2nd Round (36th pick) by the Seattle Storm (2011)
Union Lyon continued its struggles in French league play over the past two weeks with losses to Arras (59-72) and Charleville (70-79). Thomas, however, had a breakout game against the latter, scoring 23 points on 10-13 from the field, grabbing 12 boards and distributing three assists. She was rewarded with a team-high 36 minutes of playing time.
Bnot Hasharon (Israel) - Shooting Guard/Small Forward
Drafted: 2nd Round (23rd pick) by the Washington Mystics
With just two games left in the Israeli regular season, Christmas and Bnot Hasharon rank sixth in the league standings with a record of 9-9. The Duke grad continues to lead Hasharon in scoring at 20.1 points per game, a figure that was boosted by her 28 point outpouring against B.C. Habikaa. In the team’s win over H.R. Le-Zion, Christmas came off the bench to play 29 minutes but only contributed 10 points.
Elitzur Ramla (Israel) - Shooting Guard/Small Forward
Drafted: 1st Round (2nd pick) by the Washington Mystics
Signed at the beginning of February by Elitzur Ramala, Beard makes her return to competitive basketball after dealing with ankle injuries. Beard also signed with the LA Sparks to play in the WNBA when the season starts in May. Since joining Elitzur, Beard has played well. Perhaps the best sign of her return was a 17 point, six assist and three steal performance in an 80-69 win over Hapoel T-A on February 20th.