DURHAM, N.C. -- With the WNBA season getting ready to start back soon, 11 different Blue Devils are closing out their overseas play before heading back to the states. Listed below is an update on each of the Duke alums through games of April 3.
Homend Antakya (Turkey) –Shooting Guard/Small Forward
2011-2012 Stats: 18 games, 12.4 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.6 APG, 0.8 SPG
With the regular season coming to an end, Mosch helped lead the Homend Antakya to two key victories. Homend Antakya, who went into their first of two games ranked No. 8, defeated No. 7 Ceyhan Bld, and No. 3 Kayseri. Mosch, who is averaging 12.4 points per game, scored 13 points while pulling down three rebounds in the 76-73 win over Ceyhan Bld. Homend Antakya got off to a slow post-season start, falling to Fenerbahce, 86-68, in round one of the quarter-finals and 70-50 in the second round of the quarter-finals.
Homend Antakya (Turkey) –Shooting Guard/Small Forward
Drafted: 1st round (3rd pick) by the Charlotte Sting (2006)
2011-2012 Stats: 13 games, 16.6 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 2.0 APG, 1.2 SPG
Currie, who leads Homend Antakya in scoring with 16.6 points per game, helped lead Turkey to a two-game winning steak to close out the regular-season campaign. Currie scored 28 points while grabbing four rebounds and dishing out one assist as Homend Antakya defeated Ceyhan Bld, 76-73, before recording 15 points, two rebounds, and two assists in the 85-67 win over Kayseri. Homend Antakya lost both of their first two post-season campaigns to Fenerbahce, where Currie registered eight points, five rebounds and one assist in the first loss, and 11 points, two rebounds and three assists in the second loss.
Townsville Fire (Australia) – Guard
Drafted: 3rd Round by the Indiana Fever
2011-2012 Stats: 24 games, 14.1 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 2.4 APG, 1.3 SPG, 1.0 BPG
As the 2011-2012 WNBL regular-season came to an end, Foley and the Townsville Fire entered the post-season at 12-9. In the first-round, Townsville defeated Sydney 85-78 in an effort to avoid elimination. Foley, who ranks second on the team in scoring with 14.1 points point game, scored 21 points, while pulling down nine rebounds and recording two blocks. The Fire then faced Dandenong in the second round. The Fire, who led, 58-52, at the start of the fourth quarter, were only able to score eight points as the Rangers tallied 25 points to win 77-66. Foley registered six points, seven rebounds, two assists and one steal as the Fire’s season concluded.
With just two regular season games left, Mims and the Challes-Les-Eaux sit comfortably amongst the top of the LFB conference with a record of 18-6 behind Bourges (20-4) and Lattes Montpellier (20-4). Mims helped lead the Challes-Les-Eaux to a 2-1 record over the past three weeks. The Challes defeated sixth-ranked Landes, 66-63, where Mims registered a double-double with 21 points, 11 rebounds, one assist and three steals. She tallied 23 points and two rebounds in the 74-70 loss to second-ranked Lattes Montipellier before bouncing back with a dominating win over Villeneuve, 90-66, where Mims did not play.
Shandog (China) - Center
Drafted: 1st round (10th overall) by the Connecticut Suns (2009)
2011-2012 Stats: 19 games, 16.5 PPG, 12.4 RPG, 1.7 APG, 1.3 SPG, 1.9 BPG
Black finished the season as the second-leading scoring on an offensive-minded Shandog team which struggled to an 11th-place finish in the 12-team Women’s Chinese Basketball Association.
Gay, who averages 11.6 points per game, helped lead third-ranked Toulouse to a 2-1 record during the month of March. Gay registered eight points, seven rebounds and three assists as Toulouse defeated Armentieres, 77-56, while recording 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists in the 64-45 win over Lavevron. Toulouse fell to second-ranked COB Calais, 74-53, as Gay scored five points and two boards. As the regular season nears the end, Toulouse will look to notch key victories over top-ranked Perpignan and fourth-ranked Roche.
Mitchell, an offensive presence for the Energa Torun, helped lead them to win two of their last three regular season-games. She recorded nine points and nine rebounds in the 87-51 win over Artego Bvdg, before registering three points and four assists in the 77-67 loss to the Lotos Gdynia. Mitchell bounced back from their loss to the Artego Bvdg in a convincing 70-56 win over Odra Brzeg with 15 points, sinking 6-of-8 from the floor, while pulling down three rebounds. Mitchell and the Energa Torun entered the post-season with a record of 15-9. In their round one quarterfinals series, they faced ROW Rybnik. In the first meeting, Energa Torun defeated ROW Rybnik 7-50, as Mitchell scored six points and grabbed four rebounds. In the second meeting, ROW Rybnik defeated Energa Torun 64-59, where Mitchell recorded two rebounds. These two teams face off again on April 4, 2012.
Frisco Sika Brno (Czech Republic) – Guard
Drafted: 1st Round (10th pick) by the Seattle Storm (2011)
2011-2012 Stats: 26 games, 12.7 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 2.3 APG, 3.2 SPG, 0.3 BPG
Thomas continues to demonstrate consistency throughout the season, as the Frisco Sika Brno only won one of their last four games. Frisco Sika Brno loss back-to-back efforts to top-ranked USK Praha (99-74) and fifth-ranked Hradec Kralove (71-52), where Thomas scored 18 points and six points, respectively. Thomas helped lead Frisco Sika Brno to a 72-60 victory over Slovanka, where she registered 12 points, four boards and five steals. Thomas had another productive night against VS Praha, registering 17 points, seven rebounds and two steals in the 77-73 loss. Frisco Sika Brno improved to 24-8 overall remaining in second place behind undefeated USK Praha with three games to go on their schedule.
Union Lyon (France) - Center
Drafted: 2nd Round (36th pick) by the Seattle Storm (2011)
2011-2012 Stats: 20 games, 7.5 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 0.5 SPG, 1.0 BPG
Thomas remains a solid contributor for the struggling Union Lyon, who own a 7-17 record and are currently in 13th place in a 14 team conference. Thomas helped lead the Union Lyon to a 2-1 record over the course of their last three games. She recorded a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds in the 75-74 win over Mondeville before recording five points and nine boards in the 86-50 loss to No. 6 ranked Landes. The Union Lyon also defeated 14th-ranked Nice, 67-66. The Union Lyon have two-regular season games left against Villeneuve and Lattes Montpellier.
Christmas, who is averaging 20 points a game, remains the key offensive contributor for the Bnot Hasharon, who finished the regular season in sixth place in an 11-team division with a record of 10-10. Christmas was an offensive presence for the Bnot Hasharon as she scored 20 points, pulled down nine rebounds and recorded one steal in the 95-55 loss to the second-ranked Elitzur Ramla. Bnot Hasharon were able to bounce back from their previous loss as they defeated seventh-ranked Hap. Petah Tikva, 78-73. Christmas registered a double-double with 19 points, 17 rebounds, two assists and three steals.
Elitzur Ramla (Israel – Shooting Guard/Small Forward
Drafted: 1st Round (2nd pick) by the Washington Mystics
2011-2012 Stats: 7 games, 13.6 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 3.3 APG, 1.6 SPG, 0.7 BPG
Beard, who returned to professional basketball at the beginning of February, continues to make an impression on the court for the Elitzur Ramla who finished the regular season with a record of 14-5. Beard is averaging 13.6 points per game and helped Elituz Ramla win their final two games of the regular-season. She scored 14 points, grabbed three rebounds and recorded one steal in the 79-75 victory over H.R. Le-Zion, and then registered 23 points, eight rebounds, and four assists in the dominating 95-55 victory of Bnot Hasharon. In their first post-season game, Beard scored six points and tallied five boards in the 66-60 win over Ramat Hasharon.