DURHAM, N.C. – GoDuke.com checked in with the eight Duke alums which are currently playing in the WNBA. The update is through games of June 21. The eight Blue Devils on WNBA rosters ranks third among collegiate programs.
Alana Beard- Duke ‘04
LA Sparks, 5-11, Guard/Forward
2012 Stats: 11 games, 32.0 MPG, 9.5 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 2.7 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Over the last three contests, Alana Beard is averaging 13.0 points and 4.3 assists. She posted a season-high 23 points on June 16 at San Antonio as she played the entire 40 minutes. Beard hit 8-of-15 field goals and five treys, while posting four rebounds, three assists and two steals. In the Sparks victory against the Mystics on June 18, she registered 10 points, one rebound, five assists, five steals and two blocks. Beard is coming off notching six points and five assists in a blowout victory over Tulsa. In the league, she ranks fifth in minutes played (352.0), ninth in minutes per game (32.0), 16th in assists (30.0), 16th in total turnovers (27.0), and 20th in turnovers per game (2.4). The Sparks will next travel to Phoenix to face the Mercury Saturday, July 23 at 6:00 p.m.
Lindsey Harding has registered very strong performances the last three contests for the Atlanta Dream averaging 14.7 points and 4.3 assists. Harding helped lead the Dream to a victory over the Los Angeles Sparks on June 15 netting 18 points, six assists, five rebounds, one steal and two blocks. She also scored 13 points in both of the losses against the New York Liberty and the Connecticut Sun. In the contest against the Liberty, Harding suffered a leg injury and only played 23 minutes. Harding ranks in multiple categories in the WNBA stats. She is ninth in minutes played (317.0), ninth in field goal attempts (132.0), ninth in assists (41.0), 10th in free throws (35.0), 11th in assists per game (3.7), 11th in assists per 40 minutes (5.2), 14th in field goals made (54.0), 14th in total turnovers (27.0), 15th in free throw attempts (42.0), 16th in free-throw percentage (0.8), 16th in points (147.0), 17th in assists per turnover (1.5), 18th in field-goal attempts per 40 minutes (16.7), 20th in free throws per 40 minutes (4.4), 20th in turnovers per game (2.4), and 21st in points per game (13.4). The Atlanta Dream will next travel to New York to face the Liberty on Sunday, June 24.
Although the Washington Mystics have faced back to back losses to start a road trip, Monique Currie has had two strong performances. Currie registered 11 points and five rebounds, while playing 23 minutes against the Los Angeles Sparks on June 18. She then scored a season-high of 20 points, notched six rebounds and two assists against the Phoenix Mercury on June 20. Currie collected a season-high eight field goals made and three treys in the three-point loss. She ranks 16th in free throws per 40 minutes (4.9), 18th in free throw attempts per 40 minutes (6.1), and 20th in free-throw percentage (0.8). The Mystics will head to Seattle to take on the Storm on Sunday, June 24.
Jasmine Thomas has started three straight contests for the Washington Mystics. In a big win for the Washington Mystics against the Indiana Fever on June 15, Thomas registered six points, two rebounds and one assist. In the Mystics loss against the Los Angeles Sparks on June 18, Thomas notched a career high of five assists to go along with four points and three rebounds. She ranks eighth in the league in assists per 40 minutes (6.1), 11th in turnovers per 40 minutes (4.3) and 14th in three-point field goals per 40 minutes (2.5). The Washington Mystics will play again on Sunday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m., against the Seattle Storm.
Mistie (Bass) Mims continues to help the Sun to a 10-5 overall record. She is coming off scoring 11 points on June 21 at Indiana, which marked the fourth time this season she has scored double-figures. Mims also had five rebounds, one steal and one assist in 15 minutes. She also scored 13 points in the win against the New York Liberty, pulling down four boards, one assist and one steal in 22 minutes. She ranks 12th in efficiency ranking per 40 minutes (23.8), 16th in rebounds per 40 minutes (9.8), and 18th in field goals per 40 minutes (7.4). The Connecticut Sun will next head to Washington to face the Mystics on Sunday, June 29.
Karima Christmas- Duke ‘11
Tulsa Shock, 6-0, Guard/Forward
2012 Stats: 11 games, 11.7 MPG, 4.3 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.3 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Karima Christmas has started the last three games for the Tulsa Shock and in that three-game stretch the Shock netted their second win of the season against the Phoenix Mercury, 87-75. Against the Mercury, she had three points, two rebounds, one block and one assist. In the last game at Los Angeles, Christmas posted seven points, one rebound and two steals. Christmas is coming off playing a season-high 20 minutes in back-to-back contests. She ranks second in steals per turnover (2.2), third in steals per 40 minutes (4.0), ninth in free throw attempts per 40 minutes (7.1), ninth in offensive rebounds per 40 minutes (4.0) and 13th in free throws per 40 minutes (5.3). The Shock will travel to Indiana to take on the Fever on Saturday.
Chante Black suffered a jaw injury in practice recently and has missed the last three contests. The Tulsa Shock earned an eight-point victory over the Phoenix Mercury before suffering a tough loss at the hands of the Los Angeles Sparks on June 20. The Shock sit at 2-11 overall for the season. Black ranks 20th in offensive rebounds per 40 minutes (3.8) in the WNBA stats. The Shock will next face the Indiana Fever at home on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
Krystal Thomas is coming off of her best performance of the season in the victory over the Washington Mystics on June 20. She scored a career high of 15 points, grabbed six rebounds and had one block in 32 minutes. In this contest, Thomas made her first start of her WNBA career. Thomas hit 7-of-8 field goals and played a career-high 32 minutes. In a loss to the Minnesota Lynx on June 15, Thomas pulled down a career-high seven rebounds. The Mystics will next take on the Los Angeles Sparks on Saturday, June 23 at 6:00 p.m.