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REPORT: Duke alum Redick to stay with the 76ers, Curry signs with Trail Blazers

The Philadelphia 76ers keep free agent shooting guard J.J. Redick, Trinity '06, ESPN reports.

According to the report, the one-year deal will pay Redick in the $12 million to $13 million range. Last month, Redick expressed how much he's enjoyed playing for Philadelphia.

"I don’t want to offend any of the other places I’ve been or teams I’ve been on, but this was probably my favorite year of my career,” Redick said. “Playing in Philly is its own experience and our fans, the city, the buzz about sports and about this team was amazing.”

Earlier this year, Redick was named in Forbes' annual 'Highest-Paid Athletes' list at No. 86. This past season, Redick earned $23 million in salary and $500,000 from endorsements. 

Redick, who has been playing in the NBA for more than a decade, has also dealt with injury this year while putting up a career-high 17.1 points per game in the regular season and a career-high 18.2 points per game in the playoffs

Monday evening ESPN also reported that former Blue Devil Seth Curry agreed to a two-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers. $2.75 million is guaranteed during the 2018-19 season.

Curry last played for the Dallas Mavericks during the 2016-17 season when he averaged 12.8 points per game while converting on 42.5 percent of his three-point attempts. The Charlotte, N.C. native missed all of last season due to a fractured left tibia. 

2018 NBA Draft: Suits that stood out

Three out of the five draft eligible Duke players were picked in the first round of the 2018 NBA draft and were invited to the Barclays Center to take part in the celebratory events in person. It has been a longstanding tradition for prospects to show up to the draft in their finest suits. Below is a breakdown of some of the most notable outfits worn last night.

Wendell Carter Jr.

Big man Wendell Carter Jr. who was selected seventh overall to the Chicago Bulls showed off his African roots by wearing a Black Panther themed scarf over his all-black Gucci suit. Carter topped off the performance by doing the “Wakanda Forever” salute while walking across the stage with his parents, who were also covered in their own Black Panther attire.

Trae Young

Trae Young, the skilled point guard coming out of the University of Oklahoma who stirred up a lot of controversy during his college season, continued to steal the spotlight as he wore LeBron James inspired suit shorts; he also decided against wearing socks which revealed his ankles, much like many other NBA prospects that night. Young was selected by the Dallas Mavericks fifth overall but was immediately traded to the Atlanta Hawks.

Marvin Bagley III

Selected second overall by the Sacramento Kings, Marvin Bagley III opted for a less extravagant suit compared to his peers which still had touches of originality and flair. Bagley’s grey and black outfit perfectly tailored to his lanky 6-foot-11 frame featured a drawing of his trademarked game face stitched in to the inside of his jacket. Bagley also wore silver-studded dress shoes and hopped on the no sock bandwagon.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 

The Kentucky point guard who made a statement in the 2018 NCAA March Madness, again made a statement with his draft outfit decision, choosing to rock a floral print pattern on his suit shirt, jacket and pants. Some might ask, what exactly is the statement he is trying to make? The world may never know. The world will however get to see how he fits in with the Los Angeles Clippers, who traded for his draft rights from the Charlotte Hornets who selected Gilgeous-Alexander eleventh overall. 

Grayson Allen

Former Blue Devil star Grayson Allen seemed less worried about style and more concerned with the actual event taking place, as he showed up in a black suit, a white shirt and a Duke blue tie to add some uniquity to his outfit. The Utah Jazz selected Allen 21st overall as he will head to Salt Lake City to play for Duke alumnus Quin Snyder. 

Grayson Allen voices support for look-alike Ted Cruz in basketball contest against Jimmy Kimmel

Following a public Twitter feud, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel and senator/Grayson Allen doppelganger Ted Cruz decided to settle their beef on the court.

Preceding the one-on-one battle, Allen appeared in a video on Cruz’s Twitter account, voicing his belief in the former presidential candidate’s basketball skills.

The recent Duke graduate sided wisely, as the Texan triumphed over Kimmel by a score of 11-9 on Saturday night.

While Cruz relished in his basketball victory, his opponent in the 2018 Senate Race, Congressman Beto O’Rourke, organized a march to the tent camps in Tornillo, where migrant children are housed after being separated from their parents, a policy that the incumbent Republican has supported.

Following his reunion with Cruz, Allen continues to prepare for the NBA Draft on Thursday, where he is expecting to go in the latter half of the first round.

Duke in the WNBA: Christmas-Kelly to undergo season-ending surgery

With the 2018 WNBA season in full swing, the Blue Zone takes a look at the eight former Blue Devils currently playing across five WNBA teams in the league's fourth week of games for the year.

Alana Beard and Chelsea Gray, Los Angeles Sparks

In a 77-59 victory over the Chicago Sky on June 10, Chelsea Gray went off for 15 points, four rebounds and three assists on 5-of-12 shooting including five makes from the free throw line. Gray’s one steal matched Alana Beard’s lone steal on the night. Although she was held scoreless for only the second time all season, Beard grabbed seven defensive rebounds and finished with one assist in 21 minutes.

Two days later, the Sparks earned their second consecutive win as the team from the West Coast finished up its home stand with a 72-64 victory against the Atlanta Dream. Gray backed up her strong outing against the Sky with 10 points, three rebounds, and seven assists against the Dream. Beard registered six points along with a pair of assists and rebounds.

In the Sparks next game against the Washington Mystics, both former Blue Devils scored in double figures in a 97-86 victory. Beard scored a season-high 10 points while registering three assists and two rebounds in 29 minutes. Gray recorded 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting and three free throws to go along with five assists and three rebounds.

Upcoming: June 17 at Chicago Sky; June 19 v. Indiana Fever

Lexie Brown and Jasmine Thomas, Connecticut Sun

The Connecticut Sun’s memorable start to the 2018 season continued June 9 against the defending champion Minnesota Lynx. After an even opening quarter, the Sun slowly ran away with the game for an 89-75 victory. In 31 minutes, Jasmine Thomas notched 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting after the dramatic buzzer-beater in the game before. The former Duke star was a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe while grabbing three rebounds and dished our four assists. Lexie Brown was held scoreless with one missed 3-point attempt in two minutes of action.

In Connecticut’s next game, the Washington Mystics took control of the contest from the opening tip and extended their lead to 30 points in the first half. But the momentum shifted at halftime and the Sun came all the way back to take the lead late in the fourth quarter, but were unable to close out the game. The Mystics walked away victorious 95-91. Thomas contributed 13 points, five assists and three rebounds in the defeat while Brown did not take the floor.

For the second consecutive game, the Sun could not get the win. This time, the Seattle Storm took the night 103-92 last night. Thomas tied her career-high with 29 points on four made triples to accompany an all-around night from the Sun point guard. She brought down five rebounds and recorded six assists and three blocks. Brown once again drained a 3-pointer, which came at the conclusion of the opening quarter. The recent Duke graduate recorded three assists and a pair of steals in a season-high 15 minutes.

Upcoming: June 16 at Phoenix Mercury

Monique Currie and Krystal Thomas, Washington Mystics

In the aforementioned game between the Mystics and the Sun, Monique Currie played only 19 minutes, but scored 13 points and brought down six rebounds. The 6-foot forward knocked down a triple and shot 6-for-7 from the free throw line. Krystal Thomas did not play in the game.

With only a day off to recover from the dramatic conclusion to the Sun game, the Mystics went down 18 points at halftime and were unable to get all the way. Currie drained one 3-pointer in a 7-point showing in a 97-86 loss to the Los Angeles Sparks. Thomas only saw the floor for five minutes and finished the game scoreless without a shot in the loss.

Upcoming: June 19 v. Chicago Sky

Elizabeth Williams, Atlanta Dream

In an 87-83 victory against the Las Vegas Aces, Elizabeth Williams finished four points on 2-of-6 shooting. Williams grabbed five rebounds and recorded an assist. The former Blue Devil registered one steal and a pair of blocks in 27 minutes.

In the next game only two days later against the Seattle Storm, the Dream center drained one free throw while missing three shots from the field. Williams brought down four rebounds and recorded two assists in a 67-64 win. 

But Atlanta’s three-game win streak came to an abrupt end June 12 as the Dream lost 72-64 to the Los Angeles Sparks. Williams scored two points on 25 percent shooting on four shots while bringing down three rebounds. She also had two steals and an assist in a season-low 15 minutes. 

But the Dream did not last long in the losing column. In 24 minutes two days later, Williams also scored two points on only two shots while grabbing three rebounds and an assist. The Atlanta center finished the contest with two blocks for 72-67 victory against the Indiana Fever.

Upcoming: June 16 at Indiana Fever; June 19 at New York Liberty

Karima Christmas-Kelly, Dallas Wings

On June 12, the Dallas Wings announced via a press release that the former Duke forward will miss the remainder of the season. 

“The Dallas Wings announced [June 12] forward Karima Christmas-Kelly will undergo season-ending knee surgery and miss the remainder of the 2018 season,” the press release stated.

Blue Devils mourn the loss of Hall of Fame Coach Anne Donovan

Last Wednesday night, the basketball world learned of the passing of Anne Donovan, an Olympic and Hall of Fame coach for USA Basketball. Standing at 6-foot-8, the Old Dominion graduate greatly impacted the women’s basketball community, including many former Blue Devils who have come to know Donovan over the years. She led the Connecticut Sun in her last head coaching stint in the WNBA.

Duke in the WNBA: Thomas' assist leads to Connecticut buzzer-beater

With the 2018 WNBA season in full swing, the Blue Zone takes a look at the eight former Blue Devils currently playing across five WNBA teams in the league's third week of games for the year.

Alana Beard and Chelsea Gray, Los Angeles Sparks

Chelsea Gray has followed up her All-Star campaign from a season ago with another impressive output. The 5-foot-11 point guard scored 15 points June 3 in a 77-69 victory against the Minnesota Lynx. Gray once again finished the game with at least five assists. The former Blue Devils’ six assists lead the Sparks on the night en route to their fourth victory of the season. Gray connected on six of her 11 shot attempts and only one of a pair of triples to go along with four rebounds and a steal. Alongside Gray was Alana Beard who had a successful game on hardwood. Beard was 4-of-6 from the field and added a free throw for a season-high nine points. The veteran also notched a season-high three assists in 35 minutes, the second most for Los Angeles, while picking up one steal and a rebound.

Gray had her lowest-scoring game of the season Thursday night in an 88-63 blowout loss to the Seattle Storm. She scored eight points and had five turnovers but finished the game with four steals and a pair of assists. Gray also registered two rebounds. Beard scored two points on 1-of-5 shooting and one rebound in 19 minutes.

Upcoming: June 10 v. Chicago Sky; June 12 v. Atlanta Dream

Lexie Brown and Jasmine Thomas, Connecticut Sun

The Connecticut Sun are off to its best start in franchise history. On the first day of June, the Sun blew out the Chicago Sky 110-72 on the road to continue its undefeated season. On the night, Jasmine Thomas dropped in nine points on 3-of-8 shooting with a pair of free throws. The former Blue Devil finished with six rebounds—five of which came on the defensive end—and five assists. Lexie Brown made one 3-pointer and grabbed three rebounds while registering one assist.

In the team’s next game two days later, Thomas put up her best performance all-season long with 25 points on 10-of-17 from the field. The 5-foot-9 guard connected on four triples in seven tries while picking up four rebounds and three assists. Thomas also registered one block in 29 minutes of action. In Brown’s six minutes, the recent Duke graduate connected on one of her three attempts from long range in Connecticut’s 88-64 victory against the Washington Mystic.

While Brown sat out the Sun’s first defeat of the season, Thomas did not have a strong shooting outing which culminated in the veteran’s first foul out of the season. She finished with a season-low five points with three assists and a rebound. Thomas also added a steal and a block in the 82-77 loss to the Atlanta Dream.

Connecticut did not get out to a great start Thursday night against the New York Liberty, but it did not let a double-digit Liberty first half lead go down as a second loss in a row. Brown was substituted into the game for Thomas at the point guard position and drained a triple and registered an assist in four minutes of action. After a rough shooting night the game before, Thomas scored 19 on 7-of-16 shooting and 2-of-6 from long range including a layup to give the Sun a lead late in the fourth quarter. That basket came only minutes after Thomas had to be carried off the floor on the back of teammate Alyssa Thomas.

Down two points with less than five seconds remaining, Thomas drove right on her defender in the paint. Instead of going up for a game-tying layup, she passed the ball to the corner for a Shekinna Stricklen 3-pointer. Stricklen knocked down the game winner and was fouled off Thomas’ eighth assist for the 88-86 win.

Upcoming: June 9 v. Minnesota Lynx; June 13 v. Washington Mystic

Monique Currie and Krystal Thomas, Washington Mystics

Monique Currie had her best game of the season to date June 1 in an 85-73 loss to the Las Vegas Aces. That victory marked the Aces first win in franchise history behind 26 points and 12 rebounds from former South Carolina star A’ja Wilson. In the game, Currie scored a team-high 24 points to go along with eight rebounds. The former Blue Devil added a pair of assists and blocks while shooting 11-of-14 from the charity stripe. Krystal Thomas missed all four shot attempts and finished with only one made free throw and two rebounds in 21 minutes.

In the next game June 3, Currie scored 10 points on 4-of-13 from the field and brought down five rebounds. The 6-foot forward added an assist and a pair from the free throw line. Thomas picked up six rebounds and an assist in a two-point scoring night. She split her two field goal attempts in the Mystics’ 88-64 defeat at the hands of the Sun.

After suffering losses in three of the previous four outings, the Mystics were looking get back in the win column. But Washington was on the wrong side of the score in an 88-80 loss to the Minnesota Lynx. Currie registered eight points on a perfect 3-of-3 from the field and a pair of free throws. Thomas was held scoreless in four minutes on the floor after missing the only shot she took. Elena Delle Donne returned to the Mystics lineup after a four-game absence.

Washington moved up the start time of the game to 4 p.m. from 7 p.m. due to the Washington Capitals Stanley Cup Finals Game 4 later that night. Capital fans packed the arena for the Mystics game as well, giving the Capital One Arena a sell-out.

Upcoming: June 13 at Connecticut Sun

Elizabeth Williams, Atlanta Dream

Elizabeth Williams finished with seven points on 2-of-8 shooting in the Atlanta Dream's 78-71 loss to the Phoenix Mercury June 3. The 2017 All-Star brought down four rebounds and registered a season-high three blocks along with one assist. Williams made half of her six free throws in 25 minutes of action.

Two days later, the Dream were back in action against the Sun, who were undefeated entering the game. Williams notched four points, three rebounds and a block in the 82-77 victory. The 6-foot-3 center went 2-for-8 from the field and missed two free throws.

Upcoming: June 8 at Las Vegas Aces; June 10 at Seattle Storm; June 12 at Los Angeles Sparks

Karima Christmas-Kelly, Dallas Wings

The Dallas Wings entered their June 2 meeting with the Seattle Storm in a pattern. Starting in their first game, the Wings have alternated winning and losing in their first five games. According to that pattern, Dallas was in line for the victory, but were playing a team that won five in a row entering the game. However, Karima Christmas-Kelly’s perfect shooting on four attempts from the free throw line and a basket helped the Wings earn the 94-90 victory. The 6-foot forward grabbed five rebounds, with four coming on the defensive end.

Upcoming: June 8 at Indiana Fever; June 12 v. Phoenix Mercury

Grayson Allen did a Reddit AMA and it was everything

Former Duke guard Grayson Allen has been active on social media recently.

Allen, who has been an active user of Reddit since middle school, announced on Twitter that he was going to do an Ask Me Anything Thursday, ahead of the NBA draft on June 21. He talked about Shooters, meditation, video games, Ted Cruz, NBA teams he's worked out for and former and future Duke players. Here is a selection of some of the topics that came up.

On Shooters:

On being the "villain":

On what NBA teams he's tried out for:

On next year's Duke team:

On former teammates:

Then, there were the Ted Cruz questions. Allen's uncanny resemblance to the Texas senator became a viral meme in the past year. Here were Allen's thoughts:

As a bonus, Allen waded into late-night host Jimmy Kimmel's basketball challenge with Cruz on Twitter. He tweeted, "Hey @tedcruz if you need a stand in against @jimmykimmel I know a guy"

Seven Blue Devils selected in the MLB Draft

The most successful week in Duke baseball’s history just became even more impressive. Within a few days of helping the Blue Devils advance to their first ever Super Regional appearance, seven members of the team were selected in the MLB Draft, tying a program record.

The first Duke product to be chosen was Griffin Conine, whom the Toronto Blue Jays drafted with the No. 52 overall pick. This season, the powerful right fielder led the Blue Devils in home runs, total bases, slugging percentage, OPS, and walks. Conine hopes to follow in the footsteps of his father, Jeff Conine, who helped the Marlins to win two World Series titles in his 17-year MLB career.

Two rounds later, the Chicago Cubs selected Jimmy Herron, Conine’s counterpart in the outfield. Herron, who led off and started every game in left field for Duke in 2018, embodies just about everything one could want from a hitter atop the lineup—great plate discipline, speed, and some pop. The team captain placed amongst the top ten batters in the ACC in doubles, runs, and stolen bases.

With the No. 375 overall pick, the Detroit Tigers tabbed catcher Chris Proctor as the third Blue Devil to be taken in the draft. Proctor has served as the primary catcher for Duke in each of the past three seasons. The Lawndale, N.C. native has always been known as a stellar defender behind the dish, but his bat saw great improvement in 2018, as he reached career highs in nearly every offensive category this year, including slugging percentage, on-base percentage, batting average, home runs, stolen bases, and RBIs.

Just nine selections after Proctor, the Pittsburgh Pirates picked another Blue Devil in shortstop Zack Kone. Kone has always been smooth in the field and a model of consistency at the plate. The three-year starter is among the top ten in the conference in both hits and doubles.

Ethan DeCaster became the first Duke hurler to be drafted when the Detroit Tigers opted for him in Round 18. The graduate transfer from Creighton has been an instrumental part of the Blue Devils’ bullpen, one of the top units in the nation. DeCaster has pitched to a 1.07 ERA, and an incredible 55 strikeouts and 5 walks in 50 innings pitched.

The Tampa Bay Rays selected Jack Labosky, Duke’s primary closer and third baseman, in Round 22. Labosky is best known for his utter dominance from the bullpen, and has become the Blue Devils’ all-time leader in saves.

Fresh off of a heroic performance in Regionals, left-handed pitcher Mitch Stallings became the seventh player from Duke to be drafted. The Atlanta Braves’ selection in Round 30 has had a bit of a tumultuous spring, with a 6.01 ERA, but has also led the Blue Devils in strikeouts.

In addition to the seven Duke players taken in the 2018 MLB Draft, two future Blue Devils were taken: Homewood Flossmoor High School pitcher Kyle Salley and Princeton transfer pitcher Benjamin Gross. Both Salley and Gross are expected to join Duke next year in lieu of pursuing a professional career immediately.

Two former Duke men's basketball players appear on Forbes' Highest-Paid Athletes list

Duke players made bank in the NBA this year.

In its annual 'Highest-Paid Athletes' list, Forbes ranked Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving at No. 29 and Philadelphia 76ers guard J.J. Redick at No. 86. Forty NBA players made it onto the list. Forbes credited the league’s $24 billion television deal for the number of basketball players on the list.

Irving, who played for the Blue Devils in 2010-11 and was a first-round pick, raked in $19.1 million in salary and $17 million from endorsements. During the regular season, he put up 24.4 points per game and a field goal percentage of .491. However, Irving has been out for the postseason due to a knee injury

Redick, who graduated in 2006, also appeared on the list, earning $23 million in salary and $500,000 from endorsements. Redick has also dealt with injury this year while putting up a career-high 17.1 points per game in the regular season and a career-high 18.2 points per game in the playoffs.

Duke in the WNBA: Gray and Williams continue dominance in second week

With the 2018 WNBA season in full swing, the Blue Zone takes a look at the eight former Blue Devils currently playing across five WNBA teams in the league's second week of games for the year.

Alana Beard and Chelsea Gray, Los Angeles Sparks 

Chelsea Gray’s fourth season has gotten off to a very strong start. For the first time in her career, the former Blue Devil was named Western Conference Player of the Week. In a May 24 eight-point loss to the Connecticut Sun, Gray hit three of five triples along with four free throws for 21 points. The 5-foot-11 guard finished the game with five assists and four rebounds. Alana Beard filled up the box score with a pair of rebounds, assists and blocks along with a season-high six points.

In the Sparks’ fourth game of the young season, Beard registered two more steals and a block to help her campaign to repeat as the Defensive Player of the Year. The Shreveport, La., native brought down five offensive and two defensive rebounds along with two assists and one point. Gray continued her dominance with a game-high 23 points and eight assists in an 80-72 victory against the Phoenix Mercury. With her team up only seven points and 1:45 remaining in the game, Gray backed down her defender and then faded away in the paint for the final two points on the afternoon. The Sparks guard also notched point No. 1,000 of her career.

Upcoming: June 3 vs. Minnesota Lynx

Lexie Brown and Jasmine Thomas, Connecticut Sun

In the aforementioned 102-94 win against the Sparks, Jasmine Thomas scored a season-high 13 points and eight assists. The former first round pick made all four of her free throws and a trio of 3-pointers to help lead her team to victory. Rookie Lexie Brown did not see action in the team's win.

Connecticut was back on the court two days later and remained undefeated as it came out on top against the Indiana Fever 86-77. Thomas registered 11 points and four assists on the offensive end while shooting 3-of-10 from the field. The 5-foot-9 guard finished the game with three assists. Brown played only six minutes as part of Connecticut’s crowded backcourt, but picked up her first ever professional block.

Upcoming: June 1 at Chicago Sky; June 3 at Washington Mystic; June 5 at Atlanta Dream

Monique Currie and Krystal Thomas, Washington Mystics

Like the Sun, the Washington Mystics have begun their season off well. On May 24, the Mystic defeated the Indiana Fever 93-84 for their third win of the year. Monique Currie scored a season-high 12 points on an almost perfect night from the field. She shot 5-of-6 from the field and knocked in her only three-point attempt to go along with two rebounds in the victory. Krystal Thomas only scored two points and grabbed four rebounds in her 13 minutes of action at the starting center position.

Three days later, the Mystic found themselves in the win column once again. This time, Washington defeated the defending champion Minnesota Lynx 90-78. In 10 minutes, Thomas registered four points and two rebounds on two made baskets. Currie did not shoot as well as the previous game. The forward only made one of her four triples and missed another field goal en route to a three-point outing and three rebounds.

But the Mystic success ran out as they suffered their only defeat of the season May 29 in a 81-77 loss to the Seattle Storm. But the team was without its best player and one of the top players in the league, Elena Delle Donne, who left the Mystics previous game due to dehydration. Currie turned the ball over five times, but picked up four rebounds and one assist in a two-point showing. Thomas was held scoreless for the first time this season as she did not attempt a field goal in 12 minutes. The center added two rebounds and a steal in the loss.

Currie and Thomas were back on the court the next night looking to get back to their winning ways. The veteran Currie scored four points in the opening frame and finished with six points with 4-of-6 shooting from the free throw line. The forward added three rebounds, two assists and a steal in 14 minutes of action. Thomas, who connected on one field goal in the first quarter while grabbing three rebounds, finished the game with eight points and four rebounds. The 6-foot-5 center added two assists and a steal in 26 minutes. Without Delle Donne for the second straight game, the Mystic picked up a 103-95 road victory against the Mercury.

Upcoming: June 1 at Las Vegas Aces; June 3 vs. Connecticut Sun

Elizabeth Williams, Atlanta Dream

On May 26, Elizabeth Williams registered her best performance of the season in a 78-70 defeat against the Dallas Wings. The 2017 All-Star dropped in 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting in 27 minutes. Williams brought down six rebounds on the offensive end and two on defensive end for a season-high eight boards. On the defensive end, the former Duke star had three steals and two blocks.

The Atlanta center finished her game on May 29 with eight points and seven rebounds. The 6-foot-3 defensive star once again registered three steals while blocking a layup in the second quarter.

Williams ended the game with one assist in the team’s tight 76-74 victory against the Minnesota Lynx.

Upcoming: June 3 vs. Phoenix Mercury; June 5 vs. Connecticut Sun

Karima Christmas-Kelly, Dallas Wings

In her fourth game this season, Karima Christmas-Kelly delivered her best all-around performance. Although the 6-foot forward tied her season-low scoring at seven points, she brought down six rebounds and a season-high four assists. Christmas-Kelly also picked up a pair of blocks and steals for her only two blocks and steals this year. Most of the former Blue Devil’s points came from the charity stripe, going 5-of-6 in a season-high 34 minutes. The Wings defeated the Dream 78-70.

But on May 29, Dallas was unable to upend the New York Liberty on the road as the Liberty took the decision 94-89. Christmas-Kelly drained three of her four 3-point attempts for 12 points to go along with a perfect 3-for-3 game from the free throw line. The Liberty did not pressure the Wings enough from the perimeter in the first quarter as Dallas led 31-14 after the first quarter. But the Liberty bounced back and used a 14-point fourth quarter advantage to take their first win of the year.

Upcoming: June 2 vs. Seattle Storm