DURHAM, N.C.-- Duke women’s basketball alumnae are currently playing professionally, both overseas and in the WNBA. Elizabeth Williams, Jasmine Thomas, Karima Christmas, Alana Beard, Chelsea Gray, Mistie Bass, Lindsey Harding, Monique Currie, Haley Peters, and Krystal Thomas are playing in the historic 20th WNBA season. The 10 alumnae in the WNBA ranks as second most of any NCAA Division I school.
Chante Black and Kathleen Scheer are playing in Australia. GoDuke.com provides a look at how these Blue Devils are performing.
Elizabeth Williams – Duke ‘15 Atlanta Dream (WNBA), 6-3, Center/Forward 2016 Stats: 20 games, 12.5 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 1.3 APG, 0.7 SPG, 2.5 BPG
Elizabeth Williams is having a breakout season with the Atlanta Dream. She has started all 20 games and averages 34.4 minutes per contest, tying her for the second most in the league. Her 2.5 blocks per game rank second in the WNBA, while her 7.2 rebounds per game place her at 11th. Williams has posted four games with 20+ points and two double-doubles. Her most recent double-double came June 30 against the Los Angeles Sparks. Williams posted 15 points, 10 rebounds, and two assists in 36 minutes of play. The Dream holds the second place spot in the Eastern Conference with an 11-9 record. They will return to the floor on Wednesday, July 13 against the New York Liberty. Williams was also selected to the USA Basketball Select Team and will be training alongside the women’s national team in late July.
Jasmine Thomas – Duke ‘11 Connecticut Sun (WNBA), 5-9, Guard 2016 Stats: 19 games, 9.7 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 4.7 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.3 BPG
Jasmine Thomas is playing the best basketball of her WNBA career. Her points, free throw percentage, rebounds, assists, and steals are all above her prior season averages. Her 4.7 assists per game rank fourth in the league, while her 1.4 steals per game rank 12th. Thomas has started all 19 games, averaging 32.0 minutes per game. She posted her first double-double of the season June 19 against the San Antonio Stars, recording 10 rebounds, 11 points, two steals, and two blocks in 34 minutes of play. Thomas and the Sun will look to improve their 5-14 record on Wednesday, July 13 against the Indiana Fever.
Karima Christmas is playing the best basketball of her career with the Dallas Wings. She has started all 21 games and averages 32.6 minutes of play, fifth most in the league. Her 6.8 rebounds per game are the highest in her career and ranks 13th in the league this season. Christmas posted a career-high 15 rebounds, along with 18 points, on July 8 against the Atlanta Dream, recording her fourth double-double of the season. The Dallas Wings have a 9-11 record for the season. Christmas and the Wings look to add another win on Friday, July 15 against the Chicago Sky.
Alana Beard – Duke ‘04 Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA), 6-1, Guard/Forward 2016 Stats: 19 games, 8.1 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 2.0 APG, 2.1 SPG, 0.3 BPG
Alana Beard’s leadership and experience have been a key piece of the Los Angeles Sparks success this season. Beard has started all 19 games this season and averages 29.1 minutes per game. Her 2.1 steals per game are the second most in the league. In a recent game against the Indiana Fever, Beard recorded 10 points and a team-high six rebounds in 28 minutes of play. Beard and the Sparks started the season with the most consecutive wins in team history, notching 11 straight before losing to the Minnesota Lynx. The Sparks will look to improve their 18-1 record on Wednesday, July 13 against the Chicago Sky.
Chelsea Gray – Duke ‘14 Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA), 5-11, Guard 2016 Stats: 19 games, 1.8 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 2.6 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.1 BPG
Chelsea Gray is bringing her youth and energy to a veteran Los Angeles Sparks team. Appearing in all 19 games this season, Gray is averaging 16.5 minutes per game. She had a strong performance against the Indiana Fever on July 6, posting eight assists, two steals, and three rebounds in 23 minutes of play, Gray helped guide the team to its 17th victory. Gray and the Sparks will return to the floor Wednesday, July 13 to defend their 18-1 record against the Chicago Sky.
Mistie Bass has appeared in all 21 games for the Phoenix Mercury this season. Averaging 13.8 minutes per contest, Bass has been a strong player off the bench. One such performance came in a loss to the Minnesota Lynx on June 7. First off the bench, Bass posted nine points, six rebounds, and one block in her 17 minutes of play. Bass lead the team with four offensive rebounds. The team will be seeking its ninth win of the season on Wednesday, July 13 against the Washington Mystics.
Lindsey Harding was released by the New York Liberty on June 15, after heading to try to qualify for the Olympics with Belarus. She was signed by the Phoenix Mercury on June 24, following Olympic qualifying. Her strongest performance of the season came against the New York Liberty on July 1, where she posted 11 points, four assists, two steals, and two rebounds in 24 minutes of play. The Mercury will return to the court Wednesday, July 13 against the Washington Mystics. Harding will be busy this summer, playing for Belarus in the 2016 Olympic games. Harding will be the first Duke women’s basketball player to compete in the Olympics.
Monique Currie – Duke ‘06 San Antonio Stars (WNBA), 6-0, Forward 2016 Stats: 20 games, 9.3 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.9 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.5 BPG
Monique Currie brings veteran leadership to a young San Antonio Stars team. Starting every game this season, Currie averages 24.7 minutes per contest. Her consistent shooting has been huge for the team. Her free throw percentage of 92.5 is the fourth best in the league, while her three-point field goal percentage of 36.5 ranks 21st in the WNBA. Currie’s top performance of the season came on July 6 against the Washington Mystics. She posted 20 points and nine rebounds in 30 minutes of play, both of which were season highs. Nine of her 20 points came in the fourth quarter, helping secure the win for the Stars. San Antonio looks to improve their 5-15 record on Tuesday, July 12 against the Minnesota Lynx.
Haley Peters – Duke ‘14 San Antonio Stars (WNBA), 6-3, Guard/Forward 2016 Stats: 20 games, 5.8 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.8 APG, 0.2 SPG, 0.3 BPG
Haley Peters is performing well in her first season in the WNBA. Having appeared in all 20 games, she averages 16.7 minutes of play per contest. Peters brings energy off the bench for San Antonio. This was seen against the Seattle Storm on July 8, where she posted 15 points, the team’s second highest of the evening. The Stars look to snap a two-game losing streak on Tuesday, July 12th against the Minnesota Lynx.
Krystal Thomas – Duke ‘09 Seattle Storm (WNBA), 6-5, Center 2016 Stats: 5 games, 0.8 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.2 APG, 0.0 SPG, 0.4 BPG
The Seattle Storm signed Krystal Thomas on June 27. This is Thomas’ fifth season in the WNBA and her second stint with Seattle. Since joining the team, she has appeared in five games, averaging 8.1 minutes per game. Thomas and the Storm will return to the floor on Friday, July 15 against the Washington Mystics.
Chante Black – Duke ‘09 Bendigo LB (Australia-State League), 6-5, Center 2016 Stats: 7 games, 20.6 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 1.1 APG, 0.4 SPG, 1.6 BPG
Chante Black has started all seven games for the Bendigo Lady Braves since joining the team in late May. She leads the squad in both blocks and rebounds, while remaining the second leading scorer. Black has posted four games with 20+ points and five with 10+ rebounds. Black’s 23 points and season-high 15 rebounds on July 9 allowed the Lady Braves to snap a four game losing streak. The team looks to improve their 7-8 record on July 16 against the SEABL South conference leader, the Launceston Tornadoes.
Kathleen Scheer has appeared in all 13 games for the Hobart Chargers this season. Scheer is the team’s second leading scorer and rebounder. She has recorded six double-doubles this season, the most recent coming on July 1 against Dandenong. Scheer posted 19 points, 16 rebounds, four steals, and five blocks in 40 minutes of play. The Hobart Chargers will return to the floor on Saturday, June 16th against Albury Wodonga. In addition to playing in the State League, Scheer has been playing with the Latrobe Demons in the NWBU Senior Coastal Women’s Roster. She leads the team in points, rebounds, and blocks. She posted 45 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, and two blocks in the most recent game against Ulverstone. Scheer and the Demons will play in the grand final on Tuesday, July 12th against the Somerset Heat.