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Karima Christmas #13 Guard/Forward

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A trade acquisition by the Fever midway through the 2012 championship season, Christmas is a versatile combo player who can play the guard and forward positions.

PRO-WNBA
2013: Appearing in all 34 games for the Fever, Christmas averaged career highs of 8.6 points and 4.1 rebounds during her first full season in Indiana…she scored a career-high 21 points in an overtime loss Connecticut to close the regular season…she ranked among the WNBA’s most improved scorers (+5.4 ppg) from 2012, scoring in double figures in seven straight games…Karima more than doubled her combined minutes from her first two pro seasons…she saw at least 20 minutes in 29 of 34 games…she nearly matched or eclipsed her WNBA totals in points, FG% and 3FG%, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks…she posted the first double-double of her career with 16 points and 10 rebounds at Atlanta, 6/25, both of which were then career highs…Christmas scored nine points with two rebounds, adding four steals and two assists in her first start with the Fever at Washington, 6/16, which was the longest single-game playing stint (34 minutes) of her career.
2012: Christmas played in 16 games for the Fever after being acquired in a trade with Tulsa, 7/2…she averaged 2.9 points and 2.3 rebounds per game…she scored in double figures for the first time in a Fever jersey when she scored 10 points and added a career-high seven rebounds, three steals and one blocked shot against her former team, Tulsa, 9/23…she had just six turnovers in 15 games with the Fever and led the WNBA with a steals-to-turnover ratio of 2.25-to-1 (27:12).
2011: Her rookie campaign was split between Washington and Tulsa…appearing first in 14 games with the Mystics, she averaged 10.1 minutes, 3.4 points and 1.2 rebounds per game…her career scoring high of 13 points came against Indiana, 6/21...after being waived by Washington, she signed with Tulsa, 7/22…she appeared in 17 games for the Shock, averaging 9.9 minutes, 3.2 points and 1.2 rebounds a game…she had her best game with the Shock against the Phoenix Mercury, 9/8, when she recorded 12 points and four rebounds.

PLAYOFFS
2013: While starting in all four playoff games, Christmas led the team in points (15.8) and assists (2.5) per game…she had a playoff career high of 16 points at Chicago, 9/20, nailing both of her three-point attempts and finishing with nine rebounds…she finished with 15 points, six rebounds and four assists in a loss at Atlanta, 9/2.
2012: In her first playoff appearance, Christmas played in three of the four WNBA Finals games, averaging 3.0 points and 2.7 rebounds…in Game 4 of the Finals against Minnesota, 10/21, she finished with seven points, five rebounds and one blocked shot.

PRO-OVERSEAS
2013-14: Christmas helped Maccabi Ramat Hen to the semifinals of the Israeli League by averaging 19.9 points and 12.0 rebounds over 25 games…she posted season highs of 31 points and 21 rebounds during the season, leading the circuit in rebounds and finishing fourth in scoring.
2012-13: Christmas played in 20 games for Maccabi Ramat Hen in Israel, averaging 15.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game…she was fourth in the league in rebounding.
2011-12: She played 18 games for Bnot Hasharon in Israel, where she averaged 20.0 points and 10.3 boards per contest…she was fifth in the league in scoring.

COLLEGE
After hitting zero three-pointers as a freshman, Christmas nailed 56 treys over her final three years...she became the 27th player in Duke history to scored over 1,000 points in her career (1,052)...she averaged 4.7 rebounds per contest in her four years and tallied 204 steals and 160 assists...she played in 134 games, while making 55 starts, helping Duke to back-to-back ACC regular season and tournament titles…Christmas was a part of 114 wins over her four years at Duke and finished her career ranked 10th in school history in steals.
2010-11: Christmas was selected to the Philadelphia Regional All-Tournament Team and to the All-ACC Tournament First Team...she played in 36 games with 35 starts, averaging 9.5 points per game and pulling down 6.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.6 steals...she scored double-digits in 16 games including four games with 20 points or more...Christmas scored a season-high 23 points in a 70-63 win over 10th-ranked DePaul in the NCAA Tournament regional semifinal, including hitting 7-of-16 in field goals and 9-of-14 free throws...she registered four double-doubles on the year and hit a career-high 10-of-13 free throws against Temple…she went over 1,000 career points in the ACC Championship game against 19th-ranked North Carolina.
2009-10: As a junior, Christmas started 18-of-36 contests on the season, averaging 9.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.2 steals with a field goal percentage of 43.1…she reached double-figure scoring in 18 contests...she was a Memphis Regional All-Tournament Team honoree and also was selected to the All-ACC Tournament first team...she scored a career-high 25 points, including four treys, in a win over Maryland...she posted her second double-double of the season against Baylor in the NCAA Tournament with 10 points and 12 rebounds...she started three straight games during the ACC Tournament, averaging 13.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.3 steals...she grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds against Temple.
2008-09: As a sophomore, she earned a starting spot in two of the 33 contests and averaged 7.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.4 steals...she hit 49.4 percent from the field, posting a season scoring high against Miami collecting 21 points, six steals, and hitting three three-pointers...she pulled down 13 rebounds versus Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament...she notched 14 points, nine rebounds and two steals against third-ranked Stanford off the bench...she hit 17-of-37 from 3-point land for a 45.9 percentage, which ranked fifth all-time on Duke's season charts.
2007-08: Coming off the bench in 30 games, Christmas averaged 4.1 points and 2.6 rebounds…she reached double-figure scoring on two occasions against Penn State and N.C. Central, and pulled down a season-high seven boards against Virginia Tech...she hit 52.1 percent of her field goals.

Personal

Karima Brittany Christmas was born September 11, 1989 in Long Beach, Calif…she is the daughter of Byron and Jennita Christmas, and has one brother, David, and three sisters, Shelly, Krishma and Kristy...her AAU coaches, Fred and Lola Reed were like second parents...has a god-brother, Fred Reed, Jr....she majored in sociology at Duke…Christmas was a four-year letterwinner at J. Frank Dobie H.S. under Head Coach Doug Gibson, where she was a 2007 Parade Magazine fourth team All-America...she played in the WBCA H.S. All-America game and scored four points while pulling down five rebounds...she was a three-time All-District selection and TABC All-Region honoree...received two-time All-District 23-5A honors and was MVP of her H.S. squad in 2005 and 2007...as a senior, she averaged 18.7 points, 9.6 rebounds, 4.1 steals and 3.2 assists while leading her squad to a 32-7 record...she was a three-time Street & Smith's Honorable Mention All-America...in final recruiting rankings, Christmas was listed 13th by the All-Star Girls Report, 21st by BBALLX.com, 31st by Hoopgurlz and 38th by Blue Star Report ...sidelined with an injury during her junior campaign, she averaged 10.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 4.3 steals in eight contests...as a sophomore, she averaged 13.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.7 assists and earned District MVP honors...she posted averages of 9.8 points, 5.4 rebounds. 1.9 steals and 1.7 assists as a freshman...she was a member of the CY Fair Elite AAU team that placed fifth nationally and was knocked out of the tournament by Duke teammate Jasmine Thomas' team...she was also a four-year letterwinner in track & field, finishing third in the regional qualifier for the triple jump as a senior…she was the district champion in the triple jump...she lettered in volleyball as a freshman and sophomore and was a member of the Superintendent's Student Council.

Career Transactions

(1) Drafted by the Washington Mystics with the 23rd overall pick, second round, in the 2011 WNBA Draft, 4/11/11. (2) Waived by Washington, signed as a free agent by the Tulsa Shock, 7/22/11. (3) Traded to Indiana, in exchange for Roneeka Hodges, 7/2/12.