DURHAM, N.C. – With the WNBA regular season in full swing, GoDuke.com checks in to see how each of the former Blue Devils are performing two weeks into the 2012 campaign. The Blue Devils feature eight different former student-athletes on WNBA rosters, which ranks third among collegiate programs.
Alana Beard- Duke ‘04
LA Sparks, 5-11, Guard/Forward
Due to missing the last two years with injuries, Alana Beard has made a very strong recovery into the WNBA in 2012. She began playing overseas in Israel in late January preparing to start a new journey and then sign signed with the LA Sparks for the 2012 season. Starting all six games this year, Beard is averaging 8.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game, while playing 32 minutes. She has helped the LA Sparks to a 7-2 record. In the Spark’s recent victory over the Tulsa Shock, Beard registered 10 points, two assists and two steals while playing 32 minutes. In the WNBA overall stats, Beard ranks eighth in minutes played (194.0), 12th in minutes per game (32.3), 13th in total turnovers (15.0) and 20th in free throw attempts.
Lindsey Harding- Duke ‘07
Atlanta Dream, 5-8, Guard
In her second season in Atlanta, Lindsey Harding is averaging 13.7 points, 3.5 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals. Harding netted a season-high 19 points in Saturday’s victory over the New York Liberty, while playing 26 minutes, grabbing five rebounds, three assists and two steals. She has certainly made a name for herself on the Dream, while starting all six games of the 2012 season. Harding ranks in multiple categories in the WNBA overall stats. She is ninth in free-throw percentage (0.9), 10th in assists per game (3.5), 10th in free throws (25.0), 10th in assists (21.0), 10th in assists per turnover (1.9), 11th in free throw attempts (28.0), 15th in free throws per 40 minutes (5.9), 15th in assists per 40 minutes (5.0), 16th in field goal attempts (66.0), 18th in points (82.0) and 19th in points per game (13.7).
Monique Currie- Duke ‘06
Washington Mystics, 6’0, Forward
Monique Currie, a 6’0 forward, has started all five games of the 2012 season with the Washington Mystics. Currie is averaging 12.4 points, 1.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game. The Mystics had a tough loss to the Sky on June 1st, where Currie had 15 points and two rebounds. Currie currently ranks in multiple categories—15th in free throws (18.0), 16th in free throw percentage (0.9), 18th in the three-point field goal percentage (0.4), 19th in free throws per 40 minutes (5.2), 20th in free throw attempts (21.0), 27th in points per game (12.4), and 29th in points (62.0).
Jasmine Thomas- Duke ‘11
Washington Mystics, 5’9, Guard
In her second season with the Washington Mystics, Jasmine Thomas is averaging 7.4 points, 1.9 assists, 0.7 steals, and 2.0 rebounds per game. She is coming off of her best performance of the season on Sunday at Connecticut, scoring 17 points, while notching two assists and three steals in 16 minutes. In the WNBA overall stats, Thomas ranks fourth in three-point field-goal percentage (0.5), seventh in three-point field goals per 40 minutes (3.5), ninth in field goals per 40 minutes (8.3), 10th in assists per 40 minutes (5.9), 15th in assists per turnover (1.7), 16th in points per 40 minutes (21.9), and 20th in field-goal attempts per 40 minutes (16.5).
Mistie (Bass) Mims- Duke ‘06
Connecticut Sun, 6’3, Forward
A veteran forward, Mistie (Bass) Mims, has contributed to the Connecticut Sun’s 4-1 record by averaging 5.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 0.4 steals per game for the 2012 season. Mims played an impressive game against the Minnesota Lynx on June 1, scoring eight points, dishing one assist and grabbing six rebounds. She currently ranks 14th in rebounds per 40 minutes (10.4), 17th in offensive rebounds per 40 minutes (4.2) and 19th in offensive rebounds per game (1.6).
Karima Christmas- Duke ‘11
Tulsa Shock, 6-0, Guard/Forward
In her second year of the WNBA, Karima Christmas is coming off her first career start on Sunday at Phoenix. In the game, she totaled eight points and three rebounds. She is averaging 4.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game on the season. Christmas ranks in several WNBA categories this season -- third in offensive rebounds per 40 minutes (5.6), third in steals per 40 minutes (4.2), fifth in free throw attempts per 40 minutes (9.2), eighth in free throws per 40 minutes (7.1), and ninth in steals per turnover (1.5).
Chante Black- Duke ‘09
Tulsa Shock, 6-5, Center
Chante Black had to miss the 2011 season due to a back injury. She made a huge comeback while playing overseas in China, averaging 16.5 points, 12.4 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and 1.3 steals per game. So far in 2012, Black started five out of the first six contests. She is averaging 2.7 points, 0.5 steals, and 2.8 rebounds per game for the 2012 season with the Tulsa Shock. In the WNBA stats, she ranks 12th in rebounds per 40 minutes (11.2), 13th in offensive rebounds per 40 minutes (4.6) and 14th in blocks per 40 minutes (2.0).
Krystal Thomas- Duke ‘11
Phoenix Mercury, 6-5, Center
After being signed by Phoenix, Krystal Thomas is averaging 2.0 points, 0.5 rebounds and 6.0 minutes per game. She is a key role player who has contributed to the team’s 3-4 record. She scored her current career high of seven points, while posting eight rebounds, one assist and one block in the preseason game against the Japan National Team on May 8th. Thomas is coming off notching four points and one rebound in a loss to San Antonio on June 1.