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Encyclopedia > Alana Beard
Alana Beard on the Washington Mystics
Alana Beard on the Washington Mystics

Alana Monique Beard (born on May 14, 1982 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is a professional basketball player for the Washington Mystics of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). In Australia's WNBL, she plays for the Canberra Capitals. Image File history File links AlanaBeard. ... May 14 is the 134th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (135th in leap years). ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Official website: www. ... The Washington Mystics are a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Washington, DC. They started play in 1998, the second year of the WNBA and are one of the WNBAs first expansion franchises. ... The Womens National Basketball Association or WNBA is an organization governing a professional basketball league for women in the United States. ... The Womens National Basketball League (WNBL) is the premier womens basketball league in Australia. ... The Canberra TransACT Capitals are an Australian Womens Basketball League (WNBL) team based in Canberra, Australia. ...

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College years

Beard is best known as the slashing shooting guard who led Duke University to two appearances in the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament. Duke Chapel Duke University is a private, coeducational, research university located in Durham, North Carolina, USA. Although founded in 1924, Duke traces its roots back to 1838. ... The NCAA Womens Division I Championship is an annual basketball tournament for women. ...


Though she has to be considered as one of the best college players in recent history, she often stood in the shadow of Diana Taurasi of the University of Connecticut who played the same four seasons as Beard and led the Huskies to three consecutive national titles to close out her career. In the 2004 WNBA Draft, Taurasi was taken first and Beard second overall. Diana Taurasi, on the Phoenix Mercury, drives to the basket against Tina Thompson. ... University of Connecticut The University of Connecticut, commonly known as UConn, is the State of Connecticuts land-grant university. ... The WNBA Draft is an annual draft held by the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) through which WNBA teams can select new players from a talent pool of college and professional womens basketball players. ...


In 2001, Beard led Duke's Blue Devils team in scoring with 17 points per game. She was named the ACC Freshman Player of the Year. She garnered the Associated Press' First Team All-American honors in 2001 and was a sophomore on a team of eight players that reached the Final Four, eventually falling to the Oklahoma Sooners. Incidentally, that team was led by Beard's future WNBA teammate Stacey Dales-Schuman. The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is one of the oldest collegiate athletic leagues in the United States. ... Associated Press logo The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... Final Four is a sports term that is commonly applied to the last four teams remaining in a playoff tournament. ... The University of Oklahoma, often called OU or Oklahoma is an institution of higher learning located in Oklahoma. ...


The Blue Devils again reached the Final Four in 2003, but lost to the Tennessee Lady Vols. The 2003-2004 team was expected to reach the Final Four again but was upset by the Minnesota Gophers. That team was led by Lindsay Whalen, the current point-guard of the Connecticut Sun. Final Four is a sports term that is commonly applied to the last four teams remaining in a playoff tournament. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The University of Tennessee (UT), sometimes called the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT Knoxville or UTK), is the primary institution of the statewide land-grant University of Tennessee system, Tennessees flagship public university. ... Final Four is a sports term that is commonly applied to the last four teams remaining in a playoff tournament. ... University of Minnesota Twin Cities This article is about the oldest and largest campus of the University of Minnesota. ... Lindsay Marie Whalen (born May 9, 1982 in Hutchinson, Minnesota) is a basketball player. ... The Connecticut Sun are a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Uncasville, Connecticut. ...


Beard was a three time Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year from 2002 to 2004. When she left Duke, her uniform number 20 was retired by the University during a home game against the Tennessee. She was a three time First Team AP All American, and in 2004, she won the first Wooden Award for a women's basketball player, and was the 2004 College Player of the Year. Alana Beard is the career scoring leader in the Duke University women's program with 2,687 points. In points in a single game she is 4th All-Time with 35 points against Maryland, January 2, 2002. She is 5th in field goals made with 15 against Maryland, January 2, 2002. Alana is 5th in field goals attempted with 23 against TCU, March 17, 2002. She is third All-Time with 11 assist against Louisiana Tech, December 2, 2001. In 2001, she recorded two games with 7 steals against UW-Milwaukee (March 17) and UNCG, December 15. As a Sophomore, she reached number one with points a season with 694 in 2001-2002 (Her scoring average was 19.8 third All-Time). In her Freshman year, she is 9th All-Time with field goals made with 194, tying Sue Harnet of 1990-1991. She is 6th All-Time with free throws made, 111 in 2000-2001. She is 8th in free throws attempted with 158 in 2001-2002. She started every game of her college career with a record of 136-136. She shot a career .527 field goal percentage. She made 582-752 free throws. She has a record of 404 steal. On January 14, 2001, Alana Beard recorded a record with 29 first half points in a game against Maryland. She is the first woman to have her jersey retired (#20). The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is one of the oldest collegiate athletic leagues in the United States. ... The University of Tennessee (UT), sometimes called the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT Knoxville or UTK), is the primary institution of the statewide land-grant University of Tennessee system, Tennessees flagship public university. ...


WNBA career

Beard was drafted in 2004 with the 2nd overall pick.


In her 2004 debut WNBA season led the Mystics to the playoffs, despite the loss of star Chamique Holdsclaw halfway through the season. They lost to the Connecticut Sun in the semifinals. WNBA may also refer to WNBA-AM, a radio station in Illinois. ... The Washington Mystics are a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Washington, DC. They started play in 1998, the second year of the WNBA and are one of the WNBAs first expansion franchises. ... Chamique Shaunta Holdsclaw (born August 9, 1977 in Astoria, New York) is a basketball star in the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA). ... The Connecticut Sun are a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Uncasville, Connecticut. ...


Duke Career Statistics: 19.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.7 asp, 3.0 spg, 1.1 bpg


WNBA Career Statistics : 13.1 ppg 4.2 rpg 2.7 asp 2.0 spg 1.0 bpg


Wooden Award-National Player of the Year 2004 State Farm Wade Trophy-National Player of the Year 2004 Associated Press -National Player of the Year 2004 United States Miss Basketball Writers Association-National Player of the Year 2004 Victor Award-National Player of the Year 2003 ESPN.com-National Player of the Year 2003,2004 Bayer Adavantage Senior Class Award 2004 Kodak All-American 2002,2003,2004 AP All-American 2001,2002,2003,2004 United States Basketball Writers Association All-America 2002,2003,2004 Women's Basketball News Service All-America 2001,2002,2003,2004 Kodak/WBCA District II All-America 2001,2002,2003,2004 United States Basketball Writers Association National Freshman of the Year 2001 Sports Illustrated National Freshman of the Year 2001 Women's Basketball Journal National Freshman of the Year 2001 CBS Sportsline National Freshman of the Year 2001 Basketball Times Freshman All-America 2001 WBCA Player(s) of the Year 2004


Vital statistics

Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005 Basketball is a sport in which two teams of five players each try to score points by throwing a ball through a hoop (the basket) under organized rules. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005 Basketball is a sport in which two teams of five players each try to score points by throwing a ball through a hoop (the basket) under organized rules. ... Duke Chapel Duke University is a private, coeducational, research university located in Durham, North Carolina, USA. Although founded in 1924, Duke traces its roots back to 1838. ... The Washington Mystics are a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Washington, DC. They started play in 1998, the second year of the WNBA and are one of the WNBAs first expansion franchises. ...

External links

  • WNBA Player file
  • WNBA chat transcript
Preceded by:
Inaugural
Wooden Award
(women)
Succeeded by:
Seimone Augustus

  Results from FactBites:
 
ESPNMAG.com - Li'l Devil (1466 words)
Alana Beard only wanted to get in a little one-on-one with the team manager, on the night before her first practice after missing four games with a dislocated right thumb.
Alana Beard is the best athlete on a team that made it to the Final Four two years ago with a bunch of efficiency experts.
Beard barely made the varsity as a high school freshman; she could hardly dribble with her right hand.
MYSTICS: Alana and Temeka Chat Transcript (1151 words)
Beard, who is entering her second year in the WNBA following a stellar four-year career at Duke, is looking to help lead the Mystics back to the WNBA Playoffs after a sensational rookie campaign in 2004.
Alana Beard: I go through the season prepared to win a championship, of course, that is something that I always focus on.
Alana Beard: Hi, I think it's OK. Tameka is a great player, and even though she is a rookie, I don't think she's ever gotten the memo that she is a rookie!
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