DURHAM, N.C. – With just over a week left in the regular season, the playoffs are beginning to take shape. 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 has maintained fifth in the league in assists on top of an 11.4 points per game average and Currie has started all 29 games played this season and has had 17 double-digit efforts, including her last two games played.
Mistie Bass - Duke ‘06 Connecticut Sun, 6-3, Forward 2012-13 Stats: 28 games, 6.2 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 0.8 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.8 BPG Bass has continued a good season with the Sun through 28 games, maintaining an average of over 6.0 points and 15.7 minutes per game. Bass surpassed her top output of the season from July 12 against Chicago, grabbing 14 points, an assist, and three rebounds in 20 minutes of playing time in a loss against the LA Sparks. For the season, Bass has scored double-figures in five contests. The Sun remain in sixth place in the Eastern Conference with a 9-23 record.
Alana Beard – Duke ‘04 LA Sparks, 5-11, Guard/Forward 2012-13 Stats: 29 games, 6.4 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 1.4 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.3 BPG In her second season with the Sparks, Beard has averaged 22.3 minutes in 29 games played. In those contests, she has scored double-figures in 11, including a season-high 13 points twice, most recently July 17 against Atlanta. Beard surpassed a solid July campaign in August with an average of 7.4 points per contest and 2.7 rebounds in 11 games played. In her last contest against the Minnesota Lynx, Beard scored 10 points and grabbed three rebounds. The Sparks have clinched a playoff spot and remain in second place in the Western Conference with a 21-10 record.
Karima Christmas – Duke ‘11 Indiana Fever, 6-0, Guard/Forward 2012-13 Stats: 28 games, 8.1 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.1 APG, 1.9 SPG, 0.2 BPG Christmas continues to be an important piece to the Fever rotation, playing in all 28 games this season with 23 starts. She enjoyed a tremendous end to the month of July and beginning of August, where she scored double-figures in seven straight games. At the end of her streak, Christmas posted 15 points and grabbed two rebounds on August 10 vs. Atlanta. Christmas has been one of the top defenders in the league this season, ranking fifth in the WNBA for steals, averaging 1.9 steals per contest, and recording three or more steals in a contest on 15 occasions this season. Indiana currently holds the fourth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a 13-15 record.
Monique Currie – Duke ‘06 Washington Mystics, 6-0, Forward 2012-13 Stats: 29 games, 10.8 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.6 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.3 BPG Currie has started all 29 games she’s played for the Mystics this season, averaging 26.4 minutes and 10.8 points per game. For the season, she has scored double-figures in 17 contests, eight of those games resulting in 15 or more points for Currie, including her last two games. Currie drained a three-pointer at the end of regulation on Aug. 28 against the Atlanta Dream to send the contest into overtime. The Mystics ended up winning, 85-80. For the season, Currie is the 13th leading scorer in the Eastern Conference and 13th in the league in steals. Washington is currently third in the Eastern Conference with a 14-15 record.
Lindsey Harding – Duke ‘07 LA Sparks, 5-8, Guard 2012-13 Stats: 30 games, 11.1 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 5.1 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.4 BPG Harding is enjoying an outstanding season in her first year with the Sparks. Fourth in scoring on the Sparks this year and leading the squad in assists, Harding ranks fifth overall in assists in the WNBA, averaging 5.1 per contest and five or more assists in 15 contests this season. In her last six contests, Harding has scored double-figures in three games, bringing her to 18 games with 10 or more points. She is ranked 16th in the Western Conference in scoring for the season. Los Angeles is currently 21-10 and has clinched a playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Jasmine Thomas – Duke ’11 Atlanta Dream, 5-9, Guard 2012-13 Stats: 29 games, 8.4 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 3.1 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.3 BPG In her first season with Atlanta, Thomas has started 24-of-29 games for the Dream and is averaging 8.4 points per contest. She has scored double-figures in 10 games, including a season-high 19 points in the Dream’s September 2 game against the LA Sparks. She ranks seventh for assists in the Eastern Conference, averaging 3.1 assists per contest with a season-high six assists accomplished four times this season, most recently against Chicago. The Dream has officially clinched a playoff berth with their win over the Indiana Fever, brining their record to 16-13 this season.
Krystal Thomas – Duke ‘11 Phoenix Mercury, 6-5, Center 2012-13 Stats: 28 games, 1.9 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 0.2 APG, 0.2 SPG, 0.5 BPG Krystal Thomas is in her fourth season in the WNBA and is playing for the Mercury for the third overall season. She has reached the scoring column in 20 of the 28 games this season and is tied for fourth on the Mercury in rebounds, averaging 4.1 per game. Thomas totaled a game-high 10 rebounds along with four points and one blocked shot in 1-of-3 starts she has had this season against Minnesota at the end of July. Phoenix is third in the Western Conference with a 15-13 record.
Chante Black – Duke ‘09 San Antonio Silver Stars, 6-5, Center 2012-13 Stats: 1 game, 2.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 SPG, 1.0 BPG After being signed to a replacement contract in June, Black appeared in only one contest for the Silver Stars in which she recorded two points and two rebounds in 10 minutes of playing time. Black was waived by the organization on July 3 and is currently on reserve for the Tulsa Shock. Tulsa is currently sixth in the Western Conference with a 10-20 record and eliminated from playoff contention.