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Duke in the WNBA Update: July 20, 2014
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 07/20/2014
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DURHAM, N.C. – As week eight of the WNBA comes to an end, former Blue Devils look forward to a small break as the All-Star weekend kicks off. Monique Currie of the Mystics leads the pack averaging 9.2 points, while Kathleen Scheer and Jess Foley continue to make an impact in Austrailia.

Mistie Bass – Duke ’06
Phoenix Mercury, 6-3, Forward
2014 Stats: 21 games, 4.5 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 0.5 APG, 0.5 SPG, 0.3 BPG
Bass continues to make an impact on the first-ranked team in the West (18-3), averaging 4.5 points and 14.9 minutes per contest. Recently she netted nine points against Connecticut (July 17) and grabbed seven rebounds in 15 minutes of play. Phoenix will resume action on Tuesday, July 22 against Seattle. Tip-off is set for 10 p.m. on ESPN 2.

Alana Beard – Duke ‘04
LA Sparks, 6-1, Guard/Forward
2014 Stats: 21 games, 8.4 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 2.1 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.6 BPG
Beard remains a starter for the Sparks heading in to the All-Star break, averaging 26.9 minutes and netting 8.4 points per game. During a July 15 contest against the Fever, Beard grabbed a season-high six rebounds, five of which were defensive. The Sparks went on to defeat the Fever, 86-78. Los Angeles currently owns a 10-12 overall record, ranking fourth in the West.

Karima Christmas – Duke ‘06
Indiana Fever, 6-0, Guard/Forward
2014 Stats: 23 games, 7.0 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.8 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.3 BPG
Christmas remains a key player off the bench, appearing in all 23 games and averaging 21.4 minutes. In Indiana’s most recent victory over Chicago (July 17), Christmas contributed nine points and two rebounds in 17 minutes of action. Indiana will face Chicago Tuesday, July 22 at 8 p.m. on ESPN 2.

Monique Currie – Duke ‘06
Washington Mystics, 6-0, Forward
2014 Stats: 23 games, 9.2 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.3 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.2 BPG
Currie continues to improve over the weeks, starting 17 games and averaging 22 minutes per contest. She netted a season-high 19 points against Phoenix (July 15), shooting seven-of-12 from the field. She also contributed four rebounds. Currie ranks 18th in the league totaling 62 free throws. The Mystics own a 10-13 overall record, good for third place in the Eastern Conference. Washington will face Connecticut Wednesday, July 23 at 11:30 a.m. on CSN.

Lindsey Harding – Duke ‘07
LA Sparks, 5-8, Guard
2014 Stats: 22 games, 6.5 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 3.7 APG, 1.1 SPG
Harding has appeared in all 22 games, starting 10 for the Sparks. She has totaled 81 assists leading up to the All-Star break, good for 14th, along with 3.7 assists per contest ranking her 15th in the league. In Los Angeles’ most recent victory over Indiana (July 15), Harding contributed six points, two assists and three steals. Los Angeles will face New York Wednesday, July 23 at 10:30 p.m.

Tricia Liston – Duke ‘14
Minnesota Lynx, 6-0, Forward
2014 Stats: 17 games, 3.2 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.4 APG, 0.1 SPG
Liston has increasingly seen more playing time for the Lynx. She netted eight points and had two blocks during 14 minutes of play in the Minnesota victory over Seattle (July 13). Minnesota owns a 17-6 record to rank second in the West. The Lynx will face the Dream Tuesday, July 22 at 8 p.m.

Jasmine Thomas – Duke ‘11
Atlanta Dream, 5-9, Guard
2014 Stats: 21 games, 6.4 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 0.4 SPG, 0.2 BPG
Thomas has appeared in all 21 games for the Dream, starting 20 and averaging 21.1 minutes. She netted 11 points, grabbed four rebounds and had four assists against the Fever (July 12). Atlanta went on to defeat Indiana 93-74. Atlanta stands first in the Eastern Conference, owning a 15-6 overall record. The Dream will face the Lynx on Tuesday, July 22 at 8 p.m.

Krystal Thomas – Duke ‘11
Indiana Fever, 6-5, Center
2014 Stats: 14 games, 1.9 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.2 APG, 0.1 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Thomas has seen action in 14 games for the Fever, averaging 7.4 minutes. She grabbed three rebounds in the Fever’s most recent game against the Sky (July 17).  Indiana currently ranks second in the East, owning a 11-12 record.

Duke Overseas:

Kathleen Scheer – Duke ‘12
Hobart Chargers – Australia
2014 Stats: 19 games, 19.9 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 2.4 APG
Scheer has appeared in 19 games for the Chargers, averaging 19.9 points per game, second-best in the league. She netted 27 points in one of the Chargers’ most recent contest, while grabbing eight rebounds. Scheer also added 23 points in a 79-69 victory over Nunawading.

Jess Foley – Duke ‘06
Norwood Flames – Australia
2014 Stats: 11 games, 13.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.7 APG
The Flames faced the Forestville Eagles on Saturday, July 19.