DURHAM, N.C. – Duke women's basketball currently features seven alumnae playing in the WNBA, including Elizabeth Williams, Karima Christmas-Kelly, Jasmine Thomas, Alana Beard, Chelsea Gray, Monique Currie and Krystal Thomas. The Blue Devils also feature three overseas players in Chante Black, Kathleen Scheer and Shay Selby.
On 2017 opening day of the WNBA, Duke featured eight alumnae on rosters, which ranked tied second among NCAA Division I institutions.
Here is a full breakdown on each of the Blue Devils --
Alana Beard – Duke ‘04
Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA), 6-1, Guard/Forward
2017 Stats: 6 games, 10.8 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 2.2 APG, 2.5 SPG
Beard is in her 12th full year with the WNBA and sixth with the Los Angeles Sparks. The six-time WNBA All-Defensive team selection and the 2006 second team All-WNBA honoree, Beard has seen action in all six games this season, averaging 32.8 minutes per game. She currently leads the WNBA with a 2.5 steals per game average. Beard's best performance so far during this campaign was on June 6th against the Chicago Sky, where she posted a season-high 18 points to go along with two assists, three steals and one block while also being perfect at the line (7-of-7) in 32 minutes of play. The Sparks are currently 4-2 and will take on the Dallas Wings June 9th.
Monique Currie – Duke ‘06
San Antonio Stars (WNBA), 6-0, Forward
2017 Stats: 8 games, 13.0 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 2.4 APG, 0.3 BPG
Currie is in her 12th season in the WNBA and second with the San Antonio Stars. Currie has played in all eight games so far this season, averaging 23.6 minutes per game. Currie posted a career-high 31 points against the Washington Mystics on May 14th, adding six boards, two steals and was perfect at the foul line. Currie is currently ranked fifth in the league with 35 defensive rebounds, 22nd in scoring (13.0) and looks to improve the Star's 0-8 record June 10th against the Chicago Sky.
Chelsea Gray – Duke ‘14
Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA), 5-11, Guard
2017 Stats: 6 games, 14.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 4.3 APG, 1.0 SPG
After helping lead the Sparks to the 2016 WNBA title, Gray enters her third season in the WNBA and second straight with Los Angeles. Gray has seen action in all six games, averaging 31.3 minutes per game. Gray dropped a career-high 25 points against the Atlanta Dream on May 27th as she was 9-for-14 from the field, 3-for-5 from behind the arc and nearly perfect 4-for-5 at the line. She currently ranks eighth in the WNBA with a 4.3 assist per game average. Gray will take on the Dallas Wings June 9th.
Karima Christmas-Kelly – Duke ‘06
Dallas Wings (WNBA), 6-0, Forward
2017 Stats: 8 games, 12.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1.9 APG, 0.8 SPG
Christmas-Kelly enters her second season with the Wings and seventh overall season in the WNBA. Christmas-Kelly has seen action in all eight games, averaging 27.9 minutes per game. This season has been highlighted by a career-high 27 points versus the Indiana Fever on May 30th, adding three boards, three assists and went 10-14 from the field to lead the Wings to victory. Christmas-Kelly is currently ranked seventh in the league in free throws made (31) and looks to improve on their 3-5 record June 9th against the Los Angeles Sparks.
Haley Peters – Duke ‘14
San Antonio Stars (WNBA), 6-3, Forward
2017 Stats: 2 games, 4.5 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.5 APG
Peters started the 2017 campaign with the Stars, averaging 18.1 minutes per game, before being released earlier this season.
Jasmine Thomas – Duke ‘11
Connecticut Sun (WNBA), 5-9, Guard
2017 Stats: 6 games, 11.3 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 4.2 APG, 0.6 SPG
Thomas is currently in her third straight season with the Sun and was named to the 2016 WNBA All-Defensive Team. Thomas is coming off last season with a starting position in the 68 games, while also never missing a WNBA game, she playing in 204 consecutive contests. This season, Thomas averages 29.2 minutes per game and saw a season-high 18 points against the Minnesota Lynx on May 23rd, just three off her career-high. She currently ranks ninth in the WNBA with a 4.2 assist per game average. Thomas and the Sun (2-4) will be back in action on June 10th against the Atlanta Dream.
Krystal Thomas – Duke ‘11
Washington Mystics (WNBA), 6-5, Center
2017 Stats: 8 games, 5.1 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 0.9 APG, 0.5 BPG
Thomas enters her sixth season in the WNBA and first campaign with the Mystics, the first east coast team of her career. Thomas led the Mystics to a victory over the Connecticut Sun on May 31st by tallying a season-high 11 points, just four off her career-high set in 2012. She has started each of the last four games and during that stretch has averaged 8.3 points and 8.5 rebounds in those games. In league rankings, Thomas holds fifth in the league in offensive rebounds with 18, and will take on the Minnesota Lynx June 9th.
Elizabeth Williams – Duke ‘15
Atlanta Dream (WNBA), 6-3, Center
2017 Stats: 6 games, 7.8 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 1.8 APG, 1.0 BPG
Williams enters her second season with the Atlanta Dream and third overall year in the WNBA. She currently ranks third in the WNBA with a 10.0 rebounds per game average, while also ranking tied 11th in blocks (1.0). She has totaled one double-double on the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds against Chicago. Williams has pulled down no fewer than nine rebounds in all six contests. The Atlanta Dream currently sits fourth in the league with a 4-2 record and will next take on the New York Liberty at 11 am Wednesday, June 7.
Chante Black – Duke ‘09
Bendigo Lady Braves (Australia), 6-5, Center
2017 Stats: 2 games, 18.0 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 2.5 SPG
Black is enters her second year with the Bendigo Lady Braves, averaging 31.0 minutes per game. Black is ranked second on the team in points per game with 18.0 and leads the Lady Braves in rebounds per game (8.0).
Kathleen Scheer – Duke ‘12
Hobart Chargers (Australia-State League), 6-2, Swingman
2017 Stats: 9 games, 21.4 PPG, 12.6 RPG, 4.2 APG, 3.0 BPG
Scheer has seen action in all nine games this season, averaging 37.1 minutes per game. Scheer leads the team in points (21.4), rebounds (12.6), assists (4.2) and blocks (3.0), and has registered eight double-doubles during this campaign.
Shay Selby – Duke ‘12
Bodrum Belediyesi (Turkey), 5-9, Guard
2017 Stats: 40 games, 17.0 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 5.3 APG, 3.1 SPG
Selby has seen action in 40 contests this season, averaging 31.3 minutes with Bodrum. Selby leads the team in points per game (17.0), assists (5.3) and steals (3.1).
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