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Blue Devils in the WNBA Update
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 08/10/2017
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DURHAM, N.C. – Duke women’s basketball currently features eight alumnae playing in the WNBA, which is tied for the second-most by a Division I institution. The Blue Devils include Elizabeth Williams, Karima Christmas-Kelly, Jasmine Thomas, Alana Beard, Chelsea Gray, Monique Currie, Haley Peters and Krystal Thomas.

Here is a full breakdown on each of the Blue Devils and how they are performing --

Alana Beard – Duke ‘04
Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA), 6-1, Guard/Forward
2017 Stats: 25 games, 8.2 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 2.5 APG, 2.0 SPG

Beard has seen action in all 25 games this season, averaging 31.8 minutes per game. She currently leads the WNBA in total steals (51) and fifth in total field-goal percentage (.545). 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. Beard also recorded two season-bests in total rebounds (6) and defensive rebounds (6) on June 27th against the Connecticut Sun. The Sparks are currently 18-7 and will face the western conference leaders, the Minnesota Lynx, on August 11.

Monique Currie – Duke ‘06
Phoenix Mercury (WNBA), 6-0, Forward
2017 Stats: 26 games, 11.0 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.9 APG, 0.3 BPG

Currie was traded from San Antonio to Phoenix on June 28 and has competed in 13 contests with the Mercury. Over the last four contests, she has cored double-digits, including 20 points versus her old team on July 30. Currie has scored double-digits in seven out of the last eight games. Currie has played in 26 games so far this season, averaging 21.9 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 has consistently improved this season, tallying season-bests in every category, highlighted by six assists against the Dallas Wings on June 23rd. Currie is currently ranked ninth in total three-point percentage (.385) and looks to improve the Star’s 6-21 record August 12 against the Atlanta Dream.

Chelsea Gray – Duke ‘14
Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA), 5-11, Guard
2017 Stats: 25 games, 14.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 4.4 APG, 0.8 SPG

Gray, a first time WNBA All-Star in 2017, has seen action in all 25 games, averaging 32.6 minutes per game. Gray dropped a career-high 25 points against the Atlanta Dream on May 27 and brought down a season-high eight rebounds on August 6th against the Dallas Wings. She currently ranks second in the WNBA in total three-point percentage (.453), sixth in total minutes (816) and seventh in total assists (109). Gray and the Sparks will next take on the Minnesota Lynx Friday, August 11.

Karima Christmas-Kelly – Duke ‘06
Dallas Wings (WNBA), 6-0, Forward
2017 Stats: 27 games, 10.8 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 2.2 APG, 1.2 SPG

Christmas-Kelly has seen action in all 27 games, averaging 29.5 minutes per game. Over the last two contests, Christmas-Kelly has scored 17 and 14 points, respectively. She has hit 11-of-20 field goals in those contests. This season has been highlighted by a career-high 27 points versus the Indiana Fever on May 30th and a career-high 10 field-goals made against Indiana. Christmas-Kelly is currently ranked ninth in total minutes (797) and looks to improve on their 13-14 record August 12 against the Connecticut Sun.

Haley Peters – Duke ‘14
Washington Mystics (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. Peters recently signed a seven-day contract with the Washington Mystics on August 6. The Mystics will next host the Indiana Fever Saturday, Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Jasmine Thomas – Duke ‘11
Connecticut Sun (WNBA), 5-9, Guard
2017 Stats: 23 games, 14.7 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 4.8 APG, 1.7 SPG

This season, Thomas averages 29.1 minutes per game and featured a career-high 29 points against the Seattle Storm on June 29 and a career-high 11 assists versus the Atlanta Dream on June 10. A first time WNBA All-Star in 2017, Thomas is having a career best season with the Sun. She currently ranks third in the league in three-point percentage (0.439), eighth in total made three-pointers (43), fourth in total steals (41) and sixth in total assists (110). Thomas and the eastern conference leader, Connecticut Sun, will face the Dallas Wings on August 12.

Krystal Thomas – Duke ‘11
Washington Mystics (WNBA), 6-5, Center
2017 Stats: 25 games, 6.2 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 0.9 APG, 1.0 BPG
Thomas is having one of her best seasons as a professional in 2017. Thomas recently tallied a season-high 14 points against the Indiana Fever, just one off her career-high set in 2012. In league rankings, Thomas holds at fourth in the league in total offensive boards (81), fifth in total rebounds (231) and seventh in defensive rebounds (150). Additionally, Thomas set three career-bests so far this season in rebounds (20), defensive rebounds (15) and offensive rebounds (9) per game. Thomas and the Washington Mystics will take on the Indiana Fever on August 12.

Elizabeth Williams – Duke ‘15
Atlanta Dream (WNBA), 6-3, Center
2017 Stats: 25 games, 10.4 PPG, 759 RPG, 1.5 APG, 1.9 BPG
Williams continues to develop in the WNBA, averaging 31.7 minutes per game. She is coming off totaling back-to-back double-doubles against Minnesota and Chicago. In those contests, Williams averaged 13.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. Williams currently ranks tied second in the WNBA in blocks per game (2.0), tied 10th in rebounds per game (7.5), third in the WNBA in offensive rebounds per game (3.4), while also ranking third in total offensive rebounds this season (88). She has totaled four double-doubles this season, including a season-high 20 points against the Chicago Sky. The Atlanta Dream will take on the New York Liberty Friday, August 11.

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