Each week, the Blue Zone takes a take a look at the seven former Blue Devils at present enjoying throughout 4 WNBA groups this season. This week we take you inside Lexie Brown’s scoring outburst, Chelsea Gray’s late-game heroics and Jasmine Thomas’ defensive dominance.
Lexie Brown and Karima Christmas-Kelly, Minnesota Lynx
On the first day of June, the Minnesota Lynx continued their robust opening to the 2019 season. Former Blue Devil Lexie Brown made a pair of threes to complete with six factors, a rebound and an help in the 70-67 win towards the Dallas Wings. Brown performed 14 minutes in the victory.
Three days later, Brown and her Lynx staff had been again in action, however had been unable to proceed their profitable methods towards the Seattle Storm. For the second consecutive recreation, Brown drain two Three-pointers, additionally including an help, a rebound and one other basket to complete with eight factors on Three-of-5 capturing. In her first and solely recreation thus far, Karima Christmas-Kelly made one shot and drained her solely free throw for three factors. The Lynx ahead additionally assisted on two made subject targets.
On June 6, Minnesota returned house to the Target Center and inched previous the Phoenix Mercury 58-56. Off the bench, Brown set a brand new profession excessive with 12 factors on Four-for-9 capturing. The former Duke standout transformed three triples and picked up two assists, two rebounds and a steal.
That career-high was short-lived, as Brown demolished her earlier mark solely two days later. The former Blue Devil led the Lynx in scoring in an 85-89 defeat to the Los Angeles Sparks. Brown made 5 of the staff’s seven Three-pointers and added one other basket to complete with 21 factors. The Minnesota guard additionally went Four-for-6 from the charity stripe to go together with a rebound and a steal.
For the Saturday afternoon contest, Brown wore a customized pair of Duke Nike Kobe AD basketball sneakers as she recorded her finest efficiency thus far.
Upcoming: June 12 at New York Liberty; June 14 vs. Connecticut Sun
Alana Beard and Chelsea Gray, Los Angeles Sparks
In her third recreation of the season June Four, Chelsea Gray notched a career-best 29 factors on 10-for-20 capturing to steer her staff previous the New York Liberty 78-73. The former Blue Devils recorded 4 assists, together with the 500th of her profession. Down by three with 2:32 remaining, Gray knocked down a Three-pointer to even the recreation earlier than she hit a layup on the subsequent possession to place her staff forward for good. She then made one other triple and 4 free throws in the ultimate 81 seconds to take care of the Sparks’ lead.
Two nights later, Gray solely made one of her six pictures in a 77-89 loss to the Connecticut Sun. But the Sparks’ lead guard assisted on a season-high six baskets to accompany a steal and a rebound. The two-time WNBA All-Star additionally knocked down her solely two free throws in 32 minutes.
After she took over the recreation towards the Liberty earlier in the week, Gray replicated her fourth-quarter efficiency to assist the Sparks knock off the Lynx 89-85 throughout the June Eight Saturday afternoon recreation. The Hayward, Calif. native put Los Angeles up 4 with a fadeaway shot off the inbounds cross with solely Eight.5 seconds left. In 31 minutes, Gray shot Eight-for-12 and recorded 4 assists in addition to three rebounds in the victory. Alana Beard didn’t play in any of the three video games this week.
Upcoming: June 14 at Phoenix Mercury; June 15 vs. New York Liberty
Jasmine Thomas, Connecticut Sun
On June 2, the Connecticut Sun traveled to Las Vegas and defeated the Aces 80-74. Jasmine Thomas’ solely two subject targets got here from behind the arc. The former Blue Devil registered 5 assists and three steals to go together with a defensive rebound.
After touring again throughout the nation, Thomas’ staff hosted the Sparks June 6 and recorded their fourth victory in 5 video games. On 7-of-13 capturing, Thomas scored a season-high 17 factors and knocked down a triple in the 89-77. The former Duke guard additionally had a season-high six steals, two of which got here in the ultimate 25.7 seconds—each ensuing in breakaway layups. Thomas additionally completed with three assists in 30 minutes.
Connecticut was again in action June 9 to tackle the Atlanta Dream. The Sun got here away with the 65-59 highway victory behind the former Blue Devil’s magnificent all-around efficiency. The Connecticut place to begin guard recorded six assists and three steals in the Sunday afternoon recreation. Thomas additionally scored 9 factors and had 4 rebounds in 30 minutes of play.
Upcoming: June 11 vs. Washington Mystics; June 14 at Minnesota Lynx
Elizabeth Williams and Haley Peters, Atlanta Dream
The Atlanta Dream haven’t gotten out to a begin reminiscent of final yr’s Eastern Conference common season crown. On the first day of June, the Washington Mystics led by 30 after three quarters earlier than blowing out the Dream 96-75. Elizabeth Williams, the former Duke standout, performed 25 minutes and transformed two of her seven pictures to go together with a pair of free throws for six factors. The Dream’s beginning heart completed with 5 rebounds. Haley Peters performed three minutes and didn’t rating.
In their subsequent matchup June 6, Atlanta was blown out 69-92 at house by the Las Vegas aces. Williams repeated her earlier scoring output with six factors, including 5 rebounds. The 6-foot-Three heart added two steals and a pair of blocks in 24 minutes. Coming off the bench, Peters noticed action for the third time this season and recorded her first rebound. Peters additionally blocked her first shot of the yr, however didn’t make both of her two subject purpose makes an attempt.
In a low-scoring 59-65 defeat to Connecticut, Williams introduced down seven boards, 4 of which got here on the offensive finish. The 2016 WNBA Most Improved Player scored seven factors and completed with an help. On the defensive finish, Williams blocked two pictures and stole the ball as soon as in 26 minutes. Peters didn’t enter the Sunday afternoon contest.
Upcoming: June 15 at Dallas Wings