DURHAM, N.C. – The 2012 WNBA regular season has come to a close and while many WNBA teams are preparing to begin the first round of the playoffs, GoDuke.com checks in to see how the Duke alums are performing. The eight current WNBA players ranks third among collegiate programs.
Harding led Atlanta to a 19-15 overall record on the season, placing them in third place in the Eastern Conference. The Dream ended the season by winning four of five, including a 19-point performance by Harding in a September 14 matchup against Washington. In the game, Harding added four assists, four rebounds and two steals as the Dream cruised to an 82-74 victory. Harding closed out the season with a 16-point, four rebound and three assist performance against Connecticut in a losing effort on September 23rd.
The Dream enters the post-season as the third seed in the Eastern Conference and will face the Indiana Fever in the first round of the WNBA playoffs. Game one of the series is slated to begin September 28th at 7:00 PM.
On the season, the sixth-year pro ranked eighth in assists (4.5 apg), 22nd in scoring (12.3 ppg), and 18th in steals (1.4 spg), and 15th in the league in minutes (30.6 mpg).
Harding recently became the 81st player in WNBA history to score 2000 points. She is 28 years, 106 days old. She is the 35th youngest to score 2,000 points. Harding took 180 games to score 2,000 points, tied with Tamecka Dixon and Katie Douglas for 26th fastest. She is the first player from the Class of 2007 to score 2,000 points.
Alana Beard- Duke ‘04
LA Sparks, 5-11, Guard/Forward
2012 Stats: 33 games, 30.8 MPG, 11.4 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 3.3 APG, 2.0 SPG
Alana Beard has helped lead Los Angeles to a 24-10 overall record on the season putting the Sparks in second place in the Western Conference behind only the Minnesota Lynx. Beard and the Sparks ended the regular season with an astonishing 16-1 record at home including four straight home game victories to end the regular season. On September 18th, Beard led the Sparks to an easy 101-76 victory over the Phoenix Mercury with 22 points, one rebound, one assist and a season-high six steals.
In the league, she ranks 11th in minutes played (1017.0), sixth in steals per game (2.0), 13th in minutes per game (30.8) and 15th in assists per game (3.4). The Sparks are set to face the San Antonio Silver Stars in the first round of the WNBA playoffs on September 27th at 10:00 pm ET.
Mistie (Bass) Mims has helped lead the Connecticut Sun to a 25-9 overall record and first place in the Eastern Conference going into the playoffs. The Sun ended the season by winning five of its last six, including a 60-58 win over Seattle in which Mims scored 11 points and added 11 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. Over this five game stretch, Mims averaged 10.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 27.2 minutes per game.
In the league, she ranks 13th in double-doubles (3), 31st in rebounds per game (4.5), 26th in rebounds per 40 minutes (9.6) and 19th in offensive rebounds per game (1.8). The Connecticut Sun are slated to face the New York Liberty in the first round of the WNBA playoffs.
Karima Christmas- Duke ‘11
Indiana Fever, 6-0, Guard/Forward
2012 Stats: 30 games, 10.9 MPG, 3.2 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.5 APG
Christmas and the Fever ended the season by winning five of their last seven including a 91-58 victory over Tulsa on September 23rd. In the game, Christmas played 27 minutes and scored 10 points while adding seven rebounds and three assists. The performance was her season-high for rebounds in a game and her second highest scoring game of the season,
The Fever ended the season with a 22-12 overall record placing them in second in the Eastern Conference heading into the playoffs. The Fever are set to host the Atlanta Dream in the first round of the WNBA playoffs on September 28th at 7:00 pm.
Despite the Mystics’ struggles over the second half of the season, Monique Currie contributed strong minutes for Washington including a 24-point showing against the New York Liberty on September 12th. In the game, Currie played 30 minutes, and added five rebounds and three assist in a losing effort. Over the last five games of the season, Currie elevated her play averaging 17.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
In the WNBA rankings she is eighth in free throws made per 40 minutes (3.7), seventh in free throw attempts per 40 minutes (4.8), tied for 28th in points per game (12.0), and 49th in rebounds per game (3.6). Washington ended the season with a 5-29 overall record.
Over the course of the season, Jasmine Thomas saw an increase in playing time for the Washington Mystics going from averaging a mere 13.4 minutes per game over the first five games of the season, to an astonishing 32.4 minutes per game over the final five games of the year. During this final five game stretch, Thomas has averaged 11.6 points, 2.6 assists, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.0 steals including an outstanding performance against the New York Liberty on September 16th. In the game, Thomas notched 16 points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 34 minutes of action.
In the WNBA ranking, Thomas is 22nd in assists per game (2.8), 38th in 3-pointers made per game (1.0), and 56th in points per game (8.2). Washington ended the season with a 5-29 record overall.
The Phoenix Mercury struggled at the end of the season and finished the year with a 7-27 record overall. Despite the struggles, Thomas has played some outstanding games over the second half of the season including a season-high 18-rebound performance to end the season in a game against Seattle on September 23rd.
In the final five games of the year, Krystal Thomas has averaged 30.6 minutes per game, 8.2 points per game, 12.8 rebounds per game and ended the season with 10 games in which she grabbed double-digit rebounds.
Thomas ended the year ranked sixth in rebounds per game (8.0), fourth in offensive rebounds per game (3.2), eighth in blocks per game (0.8), 19th in double-doubles (2) and ninth in total rebounds (233).
Despite the Shock’s struggle this season, Chante Black has seen more minutes on the court for the Shock since the all-star break, including a solid performance in a win over the Phoenix Mercury on September 14th. In that contest, Black played 10 minutes and contributed two points and two rebounds. The Shock ended the season with a 9-25 overall record.