The WNBA regular season came to an end on Sunday, as two teams with former Duke Blue Devils on its roster are headed to the postseason. The Atlanta Dream locked up the third-seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. They will face the Connecticut Sun in the semifinals. The Phoenix Mercury locked up the third-seed in the Western Conference and will begin play on Thursday against the Seattle Storm.
Here is the WNBA update for the former Blue Devils playing in the league from August 30-September 11:
Tuesday August 30th: Atlanta beat Indiana, 92-90. After starting the season 3-9, the defending Eastern Conference champs are once again one of the WNBA’s top teams. The Dream trailed 88-83 with a little over two minutes left. Sancho Lyttle’s jumper with 0.9 seconds left gave them the win over the first-place Fever. Lindsey Harding played 33 minutes and went 5-for-11 from the field with 11 points. She had six assists and two steals. Alison Bales played nine minutes off the bench and hauled in two rebounds.
Minnesota beat Washington, 73-56. The Mystics scored just six points in the third quarter after trailing just 36-33 at the half. It was the Mystics ninth straight loss. The Lynx had already clinched the Western Conference title. Jasmine Thomas cracked the starting lineup for the Mystics for the first time in her rookie season. She played 37 minutes but went just 2-for-11 (1-for-6 from the three-point line) from the field. She did have three rebounds and three assists (but she had four turnovers).
Phoenix beat Tulsa, 96-74 in a battle of two Blue Devils rookies. Krystal Thomas played the most minutes so far in her rookie season with the Mercury (16 minutes). She was 2-for-3 from the field. Karima Christmas played 13 minutes off the bench for the Shock, going 3-for-5 (six points).
Thursday September 1st: Washington beat Atlanta, 85-81 to break their nine-game losing streak. Matee Ajavon scored 11 of her 19 points in the fourth quarter. Monique Currie made her season debut after recovering from a torn left ACL. In 9:30 minutes, she had eight points and three rebounds. J.Thomas started her second straight game and went 5-for-14 with 12 points. She also had four rebounds, five assists, and two steals in the win.
Bales was back in the starting lineup for the Dream and went 4-for-8 (11 points) from the field in 29 minutes. She added six rebounds and two blocked shots. Harding played 38 minutes and went 4-for-13 (ten points). She had five rebounds and eight assists in the loss.
San Antonio beat Phoenix, 86-68. K. Thomas played almost ten minutes and went 1-for-2 from the field (three points).
Friday September 2nd: Atlanta beat Washington, 95-73. Bales had a career-high 15 points and her three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter helped the Dream pull away. In her second straight start, Bales was 6-for-7 from the field in 29 minutes. She also had five rebounds, two assists, and two blocked shots. Harding went just 2-for-5 from the field, but had seven rebounds and three steals.
J. Thomas scored a career-high 19 points (7-for-14) in her second straight start (28 minutes).
Seattle beat Tulsa, 78-72 in a comeback effort. Christmas played 14 minutes and scored nine points in the loss, but went just 3-for-10 from the field.