Courtesy: Duke Sports Information Release: 06/02/2016
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DURHAM, N.C.-- Duke women’s basketball currently features nine alumnae playing in the WNBA, which is tied for the second most by a Division I institution. Mistie Bass, Alana Beard, Karima Christmas, Monique Currie, Haley Peters, Jasmine Thomas, Chelsea Gray, Lindsey Harding, and Elizabeth Williams are playing in the historic 20th WNBA season. Chante Black, Kathleen Scheer, and Jess Foley are also playing in Australia. GoDuke.com provides a look at how these Blue Devils are performing.
Mistie Bass is in her third consecutive season with the Phoenix Mercury and her 10th in the league. She has competed in all six contests this season, averaging 14.8 minutes per game. Bass’ top performance this season came on May 25th against the Minnesota Lynx, where she posted 10 points and two rebounds in 20 minutes of play. After opening the season with four straight losses, the Mercury have turned it around and won the last two games. The Mercury look to improve their 2-4 record on Friday, June 3rd against the Seattle Storm.
Alana Beard – Duke ‘04 Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA), 6-1, Guard/Forward 2016 Stats: 5 games, 9.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.4 APG, 3.2 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Alana Beard is in her 11th full year with the WNBA and her fifth with the Los Angeles Sparks. The four-time WNBA All-Star has started all five games this season, while averaging 26.6 minutes per game. She posted a season high 12 points on May 24th against the Chicago Sky. She also posted two rebounds and a team-high four assists in her nearly 26 minutes of play. Beard is averaging more points and steals this season than in 2015. Beard and the Sparks remain undefeated this year at 5-0. They look to extend their winning streak on Thursday, June 2nd against the San Antonio Stars.
Karima Christmas is in her sixth season in the WNBA. She has started all six games for the Dallas Wings, averaging a team-high 31.2 points per game. She is the second leading scorer and rebounder for the team averaging 13.0 points and 6.7 boards. Christmas posted her first double-double of the season against the Washington Mystics on May 18th with 11 points and 10 rebounds in 28.6 minutes of play. The Dallas Wings have a 3-3 record for the year. Christmas and the Wings hope to break their two game losing streak on Saturday, June 4th against the defending champions, the Minnesota Lynx.
Monique Currie – Duke ‘06 San Antonio Stars (WNBA), 6-0, Forward 2016 Stats: 4 games, 6.0 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 3.8 APG, 1.8 SPG, 0.5 BPG
Monique Currie is in her 11th season in the WNBA and first with the San Antonio Stars. Currie has started every game for the Stars, averaging 24.5 minutes per game. She holds the team’s second best averages in both assists and defensive rebounds. Additionally, she is tied for the most steals this year with seven. Currie posted a season-high 13 points in a fourth quarter thriller against the Chicago Sky May 27th. The Stars overcame an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to earn the team’s first win of the season. Up by one with just seconds to go, Currie grabbed the defensive rebound to secure the win for the Stars. Her five defensive rebounds and three steals were crucial to securing the victory. The San Antonio Stars look to improve their 1-3 record on Thursday, June 2nd against the Los Angeles Sparks.
Haley Peters – Duke ‘14 San Antonio Stars (WNBA), 6-3, Guard/Forward 2016 Stats: 4 games, 6.0 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.5 APG, 0.3 SPG, 0.5 BPG
Haley Peters has joined the San Antonio Stars for her first season in the WNBA. Peters earned her way onto the roster after a strong showing in the preseason games, where she posted 20 points against the Los Angeles Sparks. Since entering the regular season, Peters has been averaging 13.5 minutes per game. Her breakout performance came in the Star’s first win of the season against the Chicago Sky on May 27th. Trailing by as many as 15 points in the fourth quarter, Peters rallied to post 16 points in the final quarter. She converted a three-point play to tie the game with 1:28 left to play. Shortly after, Peters hit a three to give the Stars the lead and, ultimately, the win. Peters and the Stars hope to build off of this momentum as they take on the Los Angeles Sparks on Thursday, June 2nd.
Jasmine Thomas – Duke ‘11 Connecticut Sun (WNBA), 5-9, Guard 2016 Stats: 6 games, 13.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 5.3 APG, 1.5 SPG, 0.5 BPG
Jasmine Thomas is in her second season with the Connecticut Sun and sixth in the league. She has earned the start for all six contests, averaging 34.0 minutes per game. Thomas leads the Sun in points and assists, while posting the team’s second most assists and steals. In a recent game against the Seattle Storm, Thomas posted 17 points, five rebounds, and four assists in her 34 minutes of play. The Connecticut Sun look to improve their 1-5 record on Friday, June 3rd against the Atlanta Dream.
Chelsea Gray – Duke ‘14 Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA), 5-11, Guard 2016 Stats: 5 games, 2.8 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.6 APG, 0.2 SPG, 0.0 BPG
Chelsea Gray is in her second season in the league and first with the Los Angeles Sparks. Gray had a strong preseason performance against the San Antonio Stars. Her 18 points, six rebounds, and four assists led the team to the win. Since entering the regular season, Gray has appeared in all five games, averaging 11.2 minutes of playing time. On May 20th, Gray posted eight points while shooting 60.0 percent from the field against the Washington Mystics. The Los Angeles Sparks look to extend their undefeated streak against the San Antonio Stars on Thursday, June 2nd.
Lindsey Harding – Duke ‘07 New York Liberty (WNBA), 5-8, Guard 2016 Stats: 5 games, 3.6 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 3.6 APG, 0.2 SPG, 0.0 BPG
Lindsey Harding is entering her ninth season in the WNBA. The 2010 All-Star selection has appeared in all five games for the Liberty, while earning three starts. Her top performance of the year came in the season opener against the Washington Mystics. Coming off of the bench, Harding posted six points, four rebounds, and seven assists in her 23 minutes of play. Harding and the Liberty are off to a 2-3 start on the season. They hope to end a two-game losing streak on Friday, June 3rd against the Seattle Storm.
Elizabeth Williams – Duke ‘15 Atlanta Dream (WNBA), 6-3, Center/Forward 2016 Stats: 6 games, 9.0 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 0.7 APG, 0.7 SPG, 2.5 BPG
Elizabeth Williams is in her second season in the WNBA and her first with the Atlanta Dream. Williams has earned the start in all six games this season, averaging 29.8 minutes per game. She leads the team in blocks and is the second-leading rebounder. Williams top performance of the season came against the New York Liberty on May 24th. Her 16 points, eight rebounds, and two assists led the Dream to the win. Off to a 5-1 start, the Atlanta Dream look to extend a four-game win streak against the Connecticut Sun on June 3rd.
Chante Black – Duke ‘09 Bendigo LB (Australia-State League), 6-5, Center 2016 Stats: 1 game, 28.0 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 SPG, 0.0 BPG
Chante Black signed with the Bendigo Lady Braves in late May and appeared in her first game on May 28th against the Frankston Blues. Black had a strong first showing by posting a double-double. Black’s game-high 28 points and 11 rebounds led the Lady Braves to the win. Bendingo will look to improve their third place standing in the SEABL-South against the Brisbane Spartans on Saturday, June 4th.
Kathleen Scheer has started all eight games for the Hobart Chargers this season, averaging 34.4 minutes per game. She has started strong this year, recording four double-doubles thus far. Scheer leads the team in rebounds, blocks, and assists, while being the second leading scorer. In their most recent game against Canberra, Scheer posted 23 points, six rebounds, and seven assists to help the Chargers break a seven-game losing streak. The Hobart Chargers will seek a third win on Saturday, June 4th against Ballarat. In addition to playing in the State League, Scheer has been playing with the Latrobe Demons in the NWBU Senior Coastal Women’s Roster. While leading the league in average blocks, she also ranks among the top five in the league for points, assists, and rebounds. In her most recent game with the Demons, Scheer posted 28 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists in her 40 minutes of play. Her continued strong performances have put her in an unbeatable position for the Sportspower Burnie Player of the Year award.
Jessica Foley has started six games for the Norwood Flames this season, while making appearances in nine contests. She leads the team with a free throw percentage of 87.0 and has only missed three free throws the entire season. Her top performance came against the West Adelaide Bearcats on May 7th. Foley posted her first double-double of the season with 28 points and 11 rebounds. The Norwood Flames sit at the top of the Premier League with a 10-1 record. They look to improve their record of Saturday, June 4th against the South Adelaide Panthers.