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 a few weeks into the 2012 campaign. The Blue Devils feature eight different former student-athletes on WNBA rosters, which ranks third among collegiate programs.
Lindsey Harding- Duke ‘07 Atlanta Dream, 5-8, Guard
Coming off of a big win against the San Antonio Silver Stars on June 8, Lindsey Harding netted 14 points, five rebounds, two steals and two assists. In the last game at Connecticut on June 10, Harding scored seven points, had five assists and four rebounds in 34 minutes. She has started all eight games this season while averaging 29.5 minutes per game. Harding is averaging 12.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.2 steals. She ranks seventh in free throws (30.0), eighth in free throw attempts (36.0), eighth in assists (28.0), 11th in assists per game (3.5), 11th in minutes played (236.0), 12th in field goal attempts (92.0), 15th in assists per turnover (1.6), 18th in free throws per 40 minutes (5.1), 18th in free throw attempts per 40 minutes (6.1), 18th in assists per 40 minutes (4.7), 19th in points (103.0) and 25th in points per game (12.9).
Monique Currie- Duke ‘06 Washington Mystics, 6’0, Forward
Monique Currie has started all six games for the Washington Mystics. She is averaging 10.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.7 steals per game. After posting double-figure scoring in the first four contests, Currie has scored only seven points the last two contests. She did pull down a season-high eight rebounds at Connecticut on June 3. Currie ranks 12th in free-throw percentage (.900), 17th in free throws per 40 minutes (5.3) and 19th in free throws (20.0) in the WNBA overall stats. Mistie (Bass) Mims- Duke ‘06 Connecticut Sun, 6’3, Forward
Mistie “Bass” Mims continues to contribute to her team’s success of a 6-2 regular season record by averaging 6.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.2 steals and 0.2 blocks per game. In the latest contest versus the Los Angeles Sparks aired live on ESPN2, Mims posted three points and five rebounds in 12 minutes. Mims netted a season-high of 12 points in the victory over the Indiana Fever on June 8, playing 14 minutes while notching two rebounds and one assist. In the Sun’s victory over the Atlanta Dream on June 10, Mims registered nine points, four rebounds, one assist and one block. Mims ranks ninth in efficiency ranking per 40 minutes (23.3), 11th in rebounds per 40 minutes (10.8), 12th in offensive rebounds per 40 minutes (4.5), 19th in field goals per 40 minutes (7.3) and 20th in offensive rebounds (13.0).
Alana Beard- Duke ‘04 LA Sparks, 5-11, Guard/Forward
Alana Beard has started all seven games for Los Angeles this season, leading the Sparks to a 7-1 regular season record. She is averaging 8.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.3 blocks per game. In the Spark’s six-point victory over the Connecticut Sun on June 13, Beard notched seven points, three rebounds and three assists in 34 minutes. She has posted double-figure scoring in two games this season – Seattle (13) and Tulsa (10). Beard ranks 10th in minutes per game (32.6) in the WNBA overall stats.
Jasmine Thomas- Duke ‘11 Washington Mystics, 5’9, Guard
Jasmine Thomas continues to perfect her game throughout the beginning of the 2012 season for the Washington Mystics. Thomas is averaging 7.7 points, 2.2 assists, 1.8 rebounds and 0.7 steals per game. In the loss against the New York Liberty on June 8, Thomas notched nine points, six rebounds and three assists, while playing a season-high 30 minutes. At Connecticut on June 3, Thomas posted a season-high 17 points. She ranks ninth in the league in assists per turnover (1.9), 10th in three-point field goals per 40 minutes (3.3), 11th in assists per 40 minutes (5.3), 13th in three-point field goal percentage (0.4) and 19th in three-point field goals made (8.0). Krystal Thomas- Duke ‘11 Phoenix Mercury, 6-5, Center
The Phoenix Mercury earned a seven-point victory over the Tulsa on Shock on June 3, before suffering a tough loss at the hands of the Los Angeles Sparks on June 8. The Mercury sit at 3-5 overall for the season. Krystal Thomas did not see any action in the previous games.
Karima Christmas- Duke ‘11 Tulsa Shock, 6-0, Guard/Forward
Karima Christmas is striving to improve throughout her young career with the Tulsa Shock. She had a big game in the loss against the Minnesota Lynx, notching 11 points, three steals and one rebound. Christmas ranks third in the league in steals per 40 minutes (4.6), sixth in steals per turnover (1.8), sixth in free throws per 40 minutes (6.6), eighth in free throw attempts per 40 minutes (8.6), eighth in offensive rebounds per 40 minutes (5.1), 15th in efficiency ranking per 40 minutes (22.4) and 19th in blocks per 40 minutes (1.5).
Chante Black- Duke ‘09 Tulsa Shock, 6-5, Center
Chante Black is making a comeback in the 2012 season with the Tulsa Shock. Although she is coming off of a back injury from last season, she has started in six of the eight games this year. On the season, she is averaging 10.5 minutes, 2.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 0.5 steals and 0.4 blocks per game, while ranking 20th in offensive rebounds per 40 minutes (3.8).