Tricia Liston goes up for a layup with Alana Beard and Lindsey Harding looking on
Blue Devils in the WNBA Update: July 9, 2014
DURHAM, N.C. – As week seven comes to an end, two former Blue Devils helped their teams maintain their No. 1 standings in the East and West Conferences. Alana Beard of Los Angeles continues to lead the group, averaging 9.2 points. Meanwhile in Australia, Kathleen Scheer is averaging 19.9 points and 9.1 rebounds.
Mistie Bass – Duke '06 Phoenix Mercury, 6-3, Forward 2014 Stats: 16 games, 4.4 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 0.4 APG, 0.4 SPG, 0.2 BPG Bass continues to see action in all games this season, averaging 4.4 points per contest. Recently she netted eight points against Chicago and grabbed two rebounds in 21 minutes of play. The Mercury continues to hold first place in the Western Conference, owning a 13-3 record. Phoenix will face Seattle on Wednesday, July 9. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m.
Alana Beard – Duke '04 LA Sparks, 6-1, Guard/Forward 2014 Stats: 17 games, 9.2 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 2.4 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.6 BPG Beard, a consistent starter for the Sparks, is averaging 27.6 minutes and netting an average of 9.2 points. She reached a season-high seven assists during a July 1 contest against Chicago. Beard contributed four rebounds, six assists and two steals to lead the Sparks victory over the Storm on June 24. Los Angeles currently owns a 7-11 overall record, ranking fifth in the West.
Karima Christmas – Duke '06 Indiana Fever, 6-0, Guard/Forward 2014 Stats: 19 games, 7.6 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 0.8 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.3 BPG Christmas remains a key player off the bench, appearing in all 19 games and averaging 22.5 minutes. She reached three season-highs against Atlanta (July 1) grabbing nine rebounds, eight on defense, and went nine-of-11 from the line. Christmas also contributed 18 points to the Fever victory. She currently ranks 14th in the league in three-point field-goal percentage (0.4) and 17th in free-throws (54). Indiana will face Connecticut Thursday, July 10 at 12 p.m. Monique Currie – Duke '06 Washington Mystics, 6-0, Forward 2014 Stats: 19 games, 8.3 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.2 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.1 BPG Currie continues to improve over the weeks, starting 13 games and averaging 20.8 minutes per contest. She netted 18 points in back-to-back games against San Antonio (June 29) and Indiana (July 2). Currie also grabbed seven rebounds during 29 minutes of play against the Fever. The Mystics own a 7-12 overall record, good for sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Washington will travel to Chicago Wednesday, July 8 to take on the Sky. Tip-off is set for 12:30 p.m.
Lindsey Harding – Duke '07 LA Sparks, 5-8, Guard 2014 Stats: 18 games, 7.3 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 3.8 APG, 1.1 SPG Harding has appeared in all 18 games, starting 10 for the Sparks. She netted a season-high 15 points against the Lynx (July 8) and added four rebounds and assists, respectively. Her 68 assists this season rank 15th and her average (3.8) 16th in the league. Los Angeles will face New York Friday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Tricia Liston – Duke '14 Minnesota Lynx, 6-0, Forward 2014 Stats: 14 games, 3.1 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.4 APG, 0.1 SPG Liston has seen more action in the past weeks, averaging 8.8 minutes. She scored eight points in Minnesota's most recent victory over the Sparks. Liston also contributed one rebound and three assists in 17 minutes of play. Minnesota owns a 14-6 record to rank second in the West. The Lynx will face the Shock Thursday, July 10. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m.
Jasmine Thomas – Duke '11 Atlanta Dream, 5-9, Guard 2014 Stats: 18 games, 6.3 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.8 APG, 0.4 SPG, 0.2 BPG Thomas has appeared in all 18 games for the Dream, starting 17 and averaging 21.1 minutes. In Atlanta's most recent victory over the Sun (July 8) she netted six points, grabbed two rebounds and contributed three assists. Atlanta stands first in the Eastern Conference, owning a 13-5 overall record. The Dream will face the Fever on Saturday, July 12 at 7 p.m.
Krystal Thomas – Duke '11 Indiana Fever, 6-5, Center 2014 Stats: 11 games, 2.2 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.2 APG, 0.1 SPG, 0.4 BPG Thomas has seen action in 11 of 19 games for the Fever, averaging 7.5 minutes. She grabbed a season-high five rebounds during a June 27 contest against Phoenix. Thomas also contributed six points and two blocks to the Fever victory. Indiana currently ranks second in the East, owning a 9-10 record.
Kathleen Scheer – Duke '12 Hobart Chargers – Australia 2014 Stats: 16 games, 19.9 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 2.5 APG Scheer has appeared in 16 games for the Chargers, averaging 19.9 points per game, second-best in the league. She netted an impressive 20 points during a June 27 contest where she also grabbed five rebounds and four assists. On July 4 she had another double-double, scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds while adding six assists. Hobart will face Geelong on Friday, July 11.
Jess Foley – Duke '06 Norwood Flames – Australia 2014 Stats: 11 games, 13.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.7 APG Foley has appeared in 11 games for the Flames this season. She had 19 points, four rebounds and six assists during a July 21 contest. Foley achieved a double-double on July 7 scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds while adding five steals. Her 91.2 free-throw percentage ranks her first in the league. The Flames will face South Adelaide on Saturday, July 12.