Courtesy: Duke Sports Information Release: 07/25/2013
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DURHAM, N.C. – As the WNBA heads into the All-Star break, several former standouts have been among the top performers in the league this season. Lindsey Harding and Monique Currie continue to play well for the Sparks and Mystics, respectively. Harding is averaging 5.6 assists per game to go along with 12.2 points per contest. Currie continues to shine for the Mystics this season, as she is the third leading scorer on the squad this year.
Mistie Bass - Duke ‘06 Connecticut Sun, 6-3, Forward 2012-13 Stats: 16 games, 5.9 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.8 APG, 0.3 SPG, 0.8 BPG Bass has been the top performer off the bench in 16 games for the Sun this season, averaging 5.9 points and 14.4 minutes per game. In her top performance 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 owns a .543 field-goal percentage. The Sun is in sixth place in the Eastern Conference with a 4-12 record. She is enjoying her best month of the season in July, where she has scored in double figures in three contests. She is averaging 7.3 points per contests in July.
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: 15 games, 5.4 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 1.5 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.3 BPG Beard has played in 15 games in the 2013 campaign in her second season with the Los Angeles Sparks. Beard has scored in double figures in five games this season, including a season-high 13 points two times, most recently July 17 against Atlanta. Beard has had her best month of the season in July, where she is averaging 5.6 points per contest and 2.2 rebounds. The Sparks own a 7-1 ledger for the month of July.
Karima Christmas – Duke ‘11 Indiana Fever, 6-0, Guard/Forward 2012-13 Stats: 16 games, 7.5 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.0 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.1 BPG Christmas continues to be an important piece to the Fever rotation, as she has played in all 16 games this season with 11 starts. She had her best game of the month July 23 against New York, as she posted 10 points, six rebounds, one steal and one block in 32 minutes of playing time. Christmas also reached double digit scoring on July 6 against Connecticut, as she posted 10 points, two rebounds, three assists and two steals in 30 minutes of game action. In a July 21 contest, Christmas finished just shy of a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds in 34 minutes of play. Christmas is one of the top defenders in the league this season, as she is fifth in the league averaging 1.73 steals per contest. She has recorded three or more steals in a contest on four occasions this season. At the midway point of the regular season, Indiana currently holds the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a 7-8 record.
Monique Currie – Duke ‘06 Washington Mystics, 6-0, Forward 2012-13 Stats: 18 games, 11.7 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.7 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.4 BPG Currie has enjoyed a fantastic first half of the season, as she has averaged 11.7 points per contest in 18 games. For the season, she has scored in double figures in 11 of the 18 contests she has played with five games of 15 or more points. On Wednesday against Chicago, she netted 14 points, a tied for season-high nine rebounds, one assist and one block in 29 minutes. Recently against Indiana, Currie tallied 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor, while also grabbing three rebounds and one steals in 29 minutes of game action. For the season, Currie is the 12th leading scorer in the Eastern Conference and is seventh in the league in steals.
Lindsey Harding – Duke ‘07 LA Sparks, 5-8, Guard 2012-13 Stats: 16 games, 12.2 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 5.6 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.5 BPG Harding is having an outstanding season with the Sparks in just her first season with the franchise. She is fourth in scoring on the Sparks this season and leads the squad in assists. She ranks tied for second in assists this season in the WNBA, averaging 5.6 per contest and has had five or more assists in 11 contests this season. Over her past six contests, Harding has scored in double figures in four of six contests. In her most recent contest, Harding scored 10 points and dished eight assists in a 65-64 victory over Seattle. Los Angeles is currently 12-5 and in second place in the Western Conference. She is ranked 16th in the Western Conference in scoring for the season.
Jasmine Thomas – Duke ’11 Atlanta Dream, 5-9, Guard 2012-13 Stats: 16 games, 8.6 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 2.5 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.3 BPG In her first season with Atlanta, Thomas has started 13-of-16 games for the Dream and is averaging 8.6 points per contest. She has scored in double figures in seven contests this season, including a season-high 15 points on two occasions. She is ranked 10th in the Eastern Conference, averaging 2.5 assists per contests 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: 18 games, 2.1 PPG, 4.4 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 13 of the 18 games she has played for the Mercury. Thomas is coming off starting at center for Phoenix against Minnesota and she totaled a game-high 10 rebounds along with four points and one blocked shot. She scored a season-best seven points recently against Minnesota and grabbed eight rebounds in 22 minutes of playing time. Thomas is the fourth leading rebounder on the squad, averaging 4.4 per game. Phoenix is 9-9 this season and is in third place in the Western Conference.