This is a WNBA Update of the former Duke women’s basketball players who are in the league. It is an update from August 8th through August 16th. Rookie Krystal Thomas has signed a seven-day contract with the Phoenix Mercury. Her first active game with the Mercury was on Tuesday August 16th against the team that drafted her, the Seattle Storm (she did not play).
Tuesday August 8th: Atlanta beat Washington, 72-70. Sancho Lyttle hit a 13-footer with less than a second remaining to give the Dream the comeback win. Lindsey Harding started but played just 18 minutes. She was 2-for-4 from the field with four points. She also had three assists. Alison Bales played 18 minutes off the bench and went 2-for-2 from the free throw line (two points). She also had eight rebounds, two assists, and four blocked shots in the win.
In the loss, Jasmine Thomas went just 1-for-6 from the field (two points) in 16 minutes off the bench. She also had two rebounds.
LA beat Tulsa, 71-66, despite the Shock’s comeback. Karima Christmas had a steal in her two minutes of action off the bench in the loss.
Thursday August 11th: Phoenix beat Atlanta, 109-95. The Mercury didn’t score less than 22 points in a quarter. Neither Harding nor Bales started for the Dream. Harding played 23 minutes off the bench, but went just 2-for-8 from the field. She scored seven points, helped out by a 3-for-4 showing from the free throw line. She also had three rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Bales played in 25 minutes off the bench and scored eight points (3-for-5 from the field and 2-for-4 from the free throw line). She hauled in five rebounds, blocked two shots, and distributed four assists.
Seattle beat Tulsa, 77-63. The Shock mounted a comeback, but fell short. They were outscored by the Storm 50-28 in the first half, but outscored the Storm 35-27 in the second half. Christmas played a little over two minutes off the bench and went 1-for-2 from the field and hauled in a rebound.
Friday August 12th: Washington beat NY, 64-63. The Mystics rallied from nine points down in the fourth quarter to win. They took the lead for good on Matee Ajavon’s (Rutgers) pair of free throws. Jasmine Thomas went 2-for-8 off the bench to total five points. She also had three rebounds and a steal.
Saturday August 13th: Connecticut beat Washington , 82-75. Jasmine Thomas played 22 minutes off the bench and went 3-for-6 from the field (six points). She had four rebounds, an assist, and a steal in the loss.
Atlanta beat Seattle, 92-63. The Dream pulled away after holding a one point lead after the first quarter. Harding was back in the starting lineup for the Dream, as she played 25 minutes and scored 12 points (6-for-8 from the field). She had four rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Bales again came off the bench and went 3-for-5 (six points) in 22 minutes. She also hauled in four rebounds.
Tuesday August 16th: NY beat Washington, 69-66. The Liberty’s Cappie Pondexter (Rutgers) made a driving basket with 13.5 seconds left to put the Liberty up for good. Jasmine Thomas went 2-for-4 from the field (2-of-3 from the three-point line) for six points. In 18 minutes off the bench, she had three rebounds.
Atlanta beat LA, 84-79. The Dream ruined the return of All-Star Candace Parker (from a knee injury). Parker was also ejected in the closing seconds of the game. Harding started and played 35 minutes, while going 6-for-8 from the field (12 points). She also had three rebounds and five assists. Bales played just ten minutes off the bench and went 1-for-3 from the field.
*The Tulsa Shock still have just one win on the season.