Krystal Thomas reaches for the ball from Lindsey Harding
Duke in the WNBA Update - August 9
DURHAM, N.C. – As the WNBA campaign is now in the second half of the season and the final push for the playoffs is beginning, several former Blue Devil standouts have been among the top performers in the league. Lindsey Harding and Monique Currie continue to play well for the Sparks and Mystics, respectively. Harding is third in the league, averaging 5.7 assists per game to go along with 11.8 points per contest. Currie continues to shine for the Mystics, as she is the third leading scorer on the squad this year.
Mistie Bass - Duke ‘06 Connecticut Sun, 6-3, Forward 2012-13 Stats: 18 games, 6.4 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 0.8 APG, 0.4 SPG, 0.8 BPG Bass has been the top performer off the bench in 18 games for the Sun this season, averaging 6.4 points and 15.1 minutes per game. In her top output of the season on July 12 against Chicago, Bass netted 13 points and grabbed four rebounds in 12 minutes of playing time. For the season, Bass has scored in double figures in three contests. The Sun is in sixth place in the Eastern Conference with a 6-13 record.
Chante Black – Duke ‘09 San Antonio Silver Stars, 6-5, Center 2012-13 Stats: 1 games, 2.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 SPG, 1.0 BPG San Antonio signed Black to a replacement player contract on June 21. She appeared in one contest for the Silver Stars, recording two points and two rebounds in 10 minutes of playing time. She was waived by the organization on July 3.
Alana Beard – Duke ‘04 LA Sparks, 5-11, Guard/Forward 2012-13 Stats: 20 games, 5.2 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.6 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.3 BPG Beard has played in 20 games in the 2013 campaign in her second season with the Los Angeles Sparks. She has scored double figures in six games this season, including a season-high 13 points two times, most recently July 17 against Atlanta. Beard enjoyed her best month of the season in July, where she averaged 5.7 points per contest and 2.2 rebounds in nine games played. On July 21 against Seattle, Beard drained a 15-foot jumper with 10.2 seconds remaining to give Los Angeles a 65-64 victory over the Storm. The Sparks own a 15-7 ledger for the season and are in second place in the Western Conference.
Karima Christmas – Duke ‘11 Indiana Fever, 6-0, Guard/Forward 2012-13 Stats: 21 games, 7.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.0 APG, 1.9 SPG, 0.2 BPG Christmas continues to be an important piece to the Fever rotation, as she has played in all 21 games this season with 16 starts. She enjoyed a tremendous end to the month of July and beginning of August, where she scored double-figures in six straight games. Christmas has posted 13 points on two occasions in the month of August, including against Aug. 1 against Connecticut where she finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. In her most recent contest on Aug. 8, Christmas tallied 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting against Los Angeles. Christmas has been one of the top defenders in the league this season, as she is fifth in the league averaging 1.86 steals per contest. She has recorded three or more steals in a contest on eight occasions this season. Indiana currently holds the third playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a 10-11 record.
Monique Currie – Duke ‘06 Washington Mystics, 6-0, Forward 2012-13 Stats: 23 games, 11.0 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 1.6 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.4 BPG Currie enjoyed a fantastic first half of the season, as she has averaged 11.0 points per contest in 23 games. For the season, she has scored double-figures in 13 of the 23 contests she has played with six games of 15 or more points. She finished with 20 points in her most recent contest against Minnesota on 7-of-14 shooting from the field. For the season, Currie is the 14th leading scorer in the Eastern Conference and is 12th in the league in steals.
Lindsey Harding – Duke ‘07 LA Sparks, 5-8, Guard 2012-13 Stats: 21 games, 11.8 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 5.7 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.4 BPG Harding is enjoying an outstanding season with the Sparks in just her first year with the franchise. She is fourth in scoring on the Sparks this season and leads the squad in assists. She ranks third in assists in the WNBA, averaging 5.7 per contest and has had five or more assists in 13 contests this season. Over her past six contests, Harding has scored double-figures in each of her past three games. She recorded her first double-double of the season with 11 points and 14 assists in 31 minutes of playing time against Washington on Aug. 4. She is ranked 16th in the Western Conference in scoring for the season. Los Angeles is currently 15-7 and in second place in the Western Conference.
Jasmine Thomas – Duke ’11 Atlanta Dream, 5-9, Guard 2012-13 Stats: 17 games, 8.5 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 2.6 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.3 BPG In her first season with Atlanta, Thomas has started 13-of-17 games for the Dream and is averaging 8.5 points per contest. She has scored double-figures in seven, including a season-high 15 points on two occasions. She is ranked ninth in the Eastern Conference, averaging 2.6 assists per contest with a season-high six assists against the Tulsa Shock. The Dream are 11-5 this season and currently ranked second in the Eastern Conference.
Krystal Thomas – Duke ‘11 Phoenix Mercury, 6-5, Center 2012-13 Stats: 21 games, 2.0 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 0.2 APG, 0.1 SPG, 0.6 BPG Krystal Thomas is in her fourth season in the WNBA and is playing for the Mercury for the third overall season of her career. She has reached the scoring column in 15 of the 21 games she has played for the Mercury. Thomas totaled a game-high 10 rebounds along with four points and one blocked shot in 1-of-2 starts she has had this season against Minnesota. She scored a season-best seven points on July 21 against Minnesota and grabbed eight rebounds in 22 minutes of playing time. Thomas is the fourth leading rebounder on the squad, averaging 4.1 per game. Phoenix is 10-11 and in third place in the Western Conference.