The Friday before the WNBA All-Star break was the day that contracts became guaranteed in the WNBA. That was the day that many players were waived. Former Duke players were not exempt.
The Washington Mystics waived rookie Karima Christmas, who then signed with the Tulsa Shock on Sunday July 22nd. She was averaging 3.4 points and 1.2 rebounds, but faced diminished playing time with the Mystics. Christmas was the 23rd overall pick in this year’s WNBA Draft.
Fellow rookie Krystal Thomas was cut by the Seattle Storm on Thursday night (July 21st), but then was resigned that Sunday (July 22nd) to a seven-day contract.
This WNBA Update is from July 26th (the first games after the All-Star break) through August 7th.
Tuesday July 26th: San Antonio beat Washington 73-67. Rookie Jasmine Thomas, who has been garnering more playing time as the season progresses, played 29 minutes. While on the court, Jaz was 3-of-10 (8 points) with three rebounds, five assists, and two steals.
Atlanta beat Tulsa 76-68. Former Blue Devils Alison Bales and Lindsey Harding started for the Dream. Bales played 28 minutes and went 0-for-4 from the field. She did haul in nine rebounds and blocked four shots. Harding went 2-for-4 from the field in 26 minutes for five points. She also had two rebounds and three assists. Christmas made her Shock debut, but played just 56 seconds. She did however haul in a rebound.
Thursday July 28th: Atlanta beat LA 89-80. The Dream outscored the Sparks 30-24 in the fourth quarter to spark the team to victory. Bales played 20 minutes and went 2-for-4 from the field for five points. She also had four rebounds and three assists. Harding played 23 minutes and scored ten points by going 8-for-8 from the free throw line (just 1-of-6 from the field). She also had six rebounds in the win.
NY beat Washington 75-71, as the Mystics were outscored 43-35 in the second half. In almost 17 minutes of action, Jaz went 3-of-6 from the field for six points. She also had four rebounds.
Chicago beat Tulsa 64-55. Christmas hauled in an offensive rebound in about three minutes of action in the loss.
Friday July 29th: Indiana beat Washington 61-59, as Shannon Bobbitt hit a layup for the Fever at the buzzer for the winner. Jaz went just 2-of-10 (four points) from the field in 15 minutes. She had a rebound and an assist in the loss.
Minnesota beat Seattle 92-67. Krystal Thomas played in her first game since signing a seven-day contract with the Storm. She played five minutes and went 1-for-1 from the field (two points). She also had three rebounds and two steals. That was the end of her contract with the Storm.
Sunday July 31st: Connecticut beat Atlanta 99-92, as the Dream were outscored 33-23 in the fourth quarter. Bales played about 24 minutes and went 2-for-5 from the field (four points). She also had three rebounds and four assists. Harding took just one shot (0-for-1 for zero points) in 16 minutes of action. She did haul in three rebounds and dished out five assists.
Tuesday August 2nd: NY beat Atlanta 85-75. Bales played about 20 minutes and went 2-for-4 from the field for four points. She also had two rebounds, four assists, and one blocked shot. Harding played 24 minutes and went 6-for-15 from the field for 14 points. She also had three rebounds and nine assists.
Friday August 5th: Indiana beat Tulsa 85-65. Christmas played over nine and a half minutes in the Shock’s loss. She was 1-for-2 from the field and 1-for-2 from the free throw line for three points. Christmas also had an assist. Unfortunately, she was part of the 20 turnover effort by the Shock (she had two turnovers).
Saturday August 6th: Washington beat NY 91-81. Jaz played ten minutes and went 2-for-3 from the field for four points. She also had two rebounds, three assists, and two blocked shots.
Tulsa lost to San Antonio 72-64, as the Shock committed 24 turnovers. Christmas played seven minutes but went 0-for-2 from the field. She did go 2-for-2 from the free throw line. She also hauled in a rebound.
Sunday August 7th: Atlanta beat Seattle 70-53. Bales came off the bench for the first time in awhile, as she played 13 minutes. She went 2-for-4 (five points), with four rebounds, an assist, and a blocked shot. Harding was still in the starting lineup and played 36 minutes. She went 4-for-11 from the field with nine points. She also had two rebounds, seven assists, and two steals. The knock on Harding is that she continues to turn the ball over (she had five turnovers in the game).
*Since the All-Star break, the Shock have yet to win a game (they have just one win on the season). The Dream are 3-2 since the break, while the Mystics are just 1-3.