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#20 Alana Beard
Position: Guard/Forward
Year: Junior
High School: Southwood
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Alana Beard Biography
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Updated: 11/13/2010

Career Notes...
Is considered one of the best all-time players in women’s basketball history ... A National Player of the Year selection as a junior and senior ... became only the second player in NCAA history to be named first team Associated Press All-America on three different occasions ... had her jersey retired at Duke marking the first women’s basketball player to have her jersey raised to the rafters ... became the first men’s or women’s player in NCAA history to register over 2,600 points, 500 assists and 400 steals ... only second player in school history to score over 2,000 points in only three seasons (Jason Williams) ...  collected 68 games with 20 or more points ... six games with 30 or more points ... one game with 40 or more points ...  took 51 charges taken in four years ... started all 136 games played in her career ... led Duke to a 126-14 record in four years ... 2,687 points ranks 15th in the NCAA record books ... is Duke’s all-time leading scorer  (2,687) at Duke ... recorded 16 double-doubles ... scored her 2,000th career point on April 6, 2003 vs. Tennessee in the NCAA Final Four in 2003 ... selected the Independence Bowl Female Athlete of the Year in 2003 ... selected one of the top-10 ACC Female Athletes of all time in 2003.

Career ACC Records...
Ranks second in points (2,687), third in steals (404), first in free throws made (582), second in free throws attempted (752), tied for 19th in blocks (149), third in field goals attempted (1906) and third in field goals made (1005) and 15th in assists (509) ... finished with 18 Player of the Week selections (next closest was seven) ...  first player to be named ACC Player of the Year three times ... is the first player in ACC men’s and women’s history to notch eight ACC Championships (four regular season and four tournament) ... is first ACC player to be named first team All-ACC each of their four years.

Career Duke Records...
Holds 10 records— points (2,687), field goals made (1,005), field goals attempted (1,906), free throws made (582), steals (404), steals per game (3.0), minutes played (4,285), double-figure scoring games (127), games played (136-tied) and games started (136) ... scoring average of 19.8, 752 free throws made and 509 assists all rank second on Duke’s charts ... her 789 rebounds is fourth, 3.8 assists per game is third and 149 blocks is third ... Duke’s first National Player of the Year and three-time ACC Player of the Year ... MVP of six different tournaments in her four years and also MVP of Midwest and East Regionals as a sophomore and junior.

Season Duke Records...
Holds six single season records— points (813), field goals made (294), field goals attempted (558), free throws made (201), steals (114) and steals per game (3.5) ... owns the top two single season points scored of 813 in 2002-03 and 694 in 2001-02 ... her 22.0 points per game in 2002-03 ranks second ... owns the top two  field goals made in a season with 294 in 2002-03 and 275 in 2001-02 ... has the top three field goal attempts in a season— 558 in 2002-03, 488 in 2003-04 and 481 in 2001-02 ... her 259 free throws attempted in 2002-03 is second ... her 154 assists in 2001-02 is third ... in 2002-03, had 48 blocks (3rd) and in 2003-04 had 46 blocks (2003-04) ... owns the top three single season steal marks—  114 in 2001-02, 106 in 2000-01 and 104 in 2002-03 as well as steal averages—  3.5 in 2000-01, 3.3 in 2001-02 and 2.8 in 2002-03.

As a Senior (2003-04)...
Named State Farm Wade Trophy, Associated Press, USBWA and ESPN.com National Player of the Year ... earned first team Associated Press All-America and Kodak All-America for the third straight year ... Bayer Senior Class Award winner ... selected to Mideast Region All-Tournament team ... named ACC Player of the Year, first team All-ACC and All-ACC Defensive team ... selected ACC Player of the Week on six different occasions ... selected to play in the WBCA All-Star Challenge ... finalist for the John R. Wooden, State Farm Wade Trophy and Naismith Player of the Year awards ... WBCA National Player of the Month for December ... Duke Classic and LMU Marina Beach Classic MVP ... averaged 19.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 2.4 steals, 1.4 blocks ... led the Duke team in scoring for the fourth straight year ... in the ACC stats, ranked first in scoring (19.7), 16th in rebounding (5.4), ninth in field goal percentage (49.6), sixth in free throw percentage (77.8), fifth in assists (3.88), fourth in steals (2.35), 13th in three-point field goal percentage (31.3), 13th in three-point field goals made (1.06), fourth in blocked shots (1.35) and second in assist/turnover ratio (1.74) ... her 19.7 points per game ranked 23rd in the nation ... led Duke with 19 charges taken ... in ACC games only, ranked first is scoring (21.2), tied for seventh in assists (3.38), sixth in field goal percentage (53.4), first in free throw percentage (84.2), fourth in three-point field goal percentage (40.4), ninth in three-point field goals made (1.44), fourth in blocked shots (1.50) and fourth in assist/turnover ratio (1.80) ... tied a career high with 11 assists against N.C. State.

Summer 2003...
Led the USA Young Women National Team to the 2003 FIBA Women’s Championship gold medal with a 7-1 record ... named to the 2003 All-FIBA World Championship for Young Women Team ... ranked second on the team in scoring (9.3), first in steals (23), first in assists (12) and tied for first in blocks (4) ... started all eight games and had a team-best 210 minutes played.

As a Junior (2002-03)...
Selected the Victor Award winner and ESPN.com National Player of the Year ... earned unanimous Associated Press first team All-America, USBWA All-America and Kodak All-America ... a nominee for the Basketball Honda Award ... named winner of the Mary Garber Award as the ACC Female Athlete of the Year ... nominated for 2003 ESPY Award for best Female College Athlete ... NCAA Final Four All-Tournament selection ... runner-up for second straight year for Associated Press National Player of the Year ... NCAA Midwest Region MVP ... Wade Trophy and Naismith Finalist for National Player of the Year ... named ACC Player of the Year, first team All-ACC, All-ACC Defensive team and ACC All-Tournament first team ... MVP of South Padre Shootout, Duke Classic and Paradise Jam Tournaments ... ranked eighth in NCAA with 22.0 scoring average ... set an ACC record with six Player of the Week selections ... registered an ACC-record 201 free throws made ... set Duke single season records for points (813), field goals made (294), field goals attempted (558), free throws made (201) and double-figure scoring games (36) ... had single game Duke records for points (41), field goals made (16-tied) and field goals attempted (30) ... for the season, averaged 22.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.8 steals and 1.3 blocks ... led Duke with 18 charges taken on the season ... had a Duke single game record of 41 points at Virginia on Jan. 9 ... collected a career-best 20 rebounds in the ACC Tournament Championship against North Carolina ... in the ACC rankings, ranked first in scoring (22.0), fourth in field goal percentage (52.7), sixth in rebounding (6.9), 12th in assists (2.97), fifth in free throw percentage (77.6), second in steals (2.81) and fourth in blocks (1.33) ... in ACC games only, ranked first in scoring (21.6), sixth in rebounding (6.9), third in field goal percentage (51.9), tied for 14th in assists (2.69), third in free throw percentage (82.5), tied for fifth in steals (1.88) and tied fourth in blocks (1.38).

As a Sophomore (2001-02)...
Selected Associated Press first team All-America, USBWA All-America, GBallmag.com first team All-America and Kodak All-America ... ESPN The Magazine Shooting Guard of the Year ... a nominee for the Basketball Honda Award ... runner-up for the Associated Press Player of the Year ... NCAA East Region MVP ... named ACC Player of the Year, first team All-ACC, All-ACC Defensive team and ACC All-Tournament first team ... nominee for the Conseco Nancy Lieberman Step Up Award ...  finalist for Naismith Player of the Year ... WBCA National Player of the Month for January after averaging 22.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.0 steals and leading Duke to an 8-0 record ... member of Duke Classic All-Tournament team ... in the NCAA statistics, ranked 23rd in scoring (19.8), 22nd in field goal percentage (.572) and 21st in steals (3.3) ... tied an ACC record with five Player of the Week selections ... started all 35 games ... scored an ACC best and then career-high 35 points against Maryland ... picked up five double-doubles, which ranked seventh in the ACC ... collected 16 games with 20 or more points to lead the ACC ... posted a Duke record eight consecutive games with 20 or more points ... registered double-figure scoring in 34 of 35 contests ... scored her 1,000th career point on Feb. 21, 2002 against Florida State ... her 19.8 scoring average was the highest at Duke since the 1987 season (Chris Moreland, 20.9) ... led the ACC in scoring (19.8), field goal percentage (.572) and steals (3.26) ... ranked sixth in free throw percentage (.753), 10th in blocks (0.71), 10th in rebounding (6.1), second in assists (4.40) and third in assist/turnover ratio (1.66) ... in ACC games only, ranked first in scoring (20.3), first in field goal percentage (.590), first in steals (2.44),  fourth in free throw percentage (.791), ninth in rebounding (6.5), tied for fourth in assists (3.88) and sixth in assist/turnover ratio (1.63) ... ranked second on the team with 10 charges taken ... was the top vote-getter and selected first team All-America in a preseason poll of the Division I head coaches conducted by the Women’s Basketball Journal.

Summer 2001...
Played on the USA Basketball Women’s Junior World Championship Team ... led the team to a 6-1 record and a bronze medal as the team traveled to the Czech Republic ...scored a Junior World Championship-record 28 points against Russia as she hit 11-of-18 field goals ... her 18.0 points per game average ranked second on the squad while leading the team in field goal percentage (.562), assists (20) and steals (23) ... ranked in a number of the statistical categories for the overall championship-- first in field goal percentage (.562), fourth in steals (3.29), fifth in scoring (18.0), sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.429) and 10th in blocks (0.57) ... scored double-figures in all seven games including 20 or more points in four of the seven games ... in the International Invitational in Washington, D.C., Beard led all scorers with an 18.8 scoring average.

As a Freshman (2000-01)...
Earned USBWA, Sports Illustrated for Women, Sports Illustrated, CBS Sportsline and Women’s Basketball Journal National Freshman of the Year honors ... garnered Basketball Times Freshman All-America, Kodak District II All-America, Associated Press All-America, Women’s Basketball News Service third team All-America and Women’s Basketball Journal first team Freshman All-America honors ... selected to the West Regional All-Tournament team ... named ACC Freshman of the Year and first team All-ACC, becoming the first freshman to ever be selected to the first team ... selected to the All-ACC Freshman and Defensive teams ... earned ACC Rookie of the Week seven times and notched ACC Player and Rookie of the Week on Jan. 15 to become the first ACC player to ever earn both honors in the same week ... scored 509 points to rank seventh on Duke’s all-time season scoring list ... her 509 points and 113 assists were freshman records ... notched a Duke freshman record 33 points at Maryland ... posted 26 games with double-figure points ... became only the fourth player to start her first collegiate game under the direction of head coach Gail Goestenkors ... finished the season ranked 12th in the nation in steals per game (3.5) ... named MVP of the Women’s Sports Foundation Classic to kick off her career at Duke after averaging 17.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2.5 assists in two games ... selected to the All-ACC Tournament first team and the Duke Women’s Basketball Classic All-Tournament team ... garnered WomensCollegeHoops.com National Star of the Week accolades for the week of Jan. 9-16 after averaging 31.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals in two victories over Maryland and Georgia Tech ... voted ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year ... collected double-figures scoring in 26-of-30 games played ... posted 10 games with 20 or more points ... recorded five or more steals in 11 contests ... hit 10 or more field goals in five games ... in the final ACC rankings Beard ranked third in scoring (17.0), second in field goal percentage (51.2), fifth in assists (3.77), first in steals (3.53), fourth in free throw percentage (78.7), tied for sixth in blocks (1.00) and fourth in assist/turnover ratio (1.40) ... in ACC contests, she ranked second in scoring (18.3), third in field goal percentage (.506), sixth in assists (3.50), tied for sixth in free throw percentage (77.8), first in steals (3.50), sixth in blocks (1.17) and third in assist/turnover ratio (1.50).

Summer 2000...
Played on the USA Basketball Women’s Junior World Championship Team ... led the team to a 5-0 record and the gold medal in Mar del Plata, Argentina  ... averaged 15.4 points and 4.4 rebounds ... notched a team-high 19 steals and collected 14 assists ... recorded a team-high 15 points in the championship game against Brazil.

Prior to Duke...
As a senior, named Gatorade’s Louisiana Player of the Year, USA Today Louisiana Player of the Year, Miss Basketball in Louisiana and USA Today second team All-America ... Parade Magazine second team All-America, WBCA All-America, L’adidas All-America, Nike All-America, Orlando Sentinel All-Southern team, Student Sports All-America, Street & Smith’s All-America honorable mention, 5A All-State and All-District ... guided her Southwood High School team to four straight Louisiana state titles ... won 53 straight games to conclude her high school career ... did not lose a home or  district game in four years ... as a senior, averaged 24.7 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 4.2 steals, and 1.2 blocks, as she led Southwood to an undefeated 36-0 mark, the Louisiana state title, and a final national ranking of No. 21 by USA Today ... posted double-figure scoring in 35 of 36 games played as a senior, including one with 48 points ... had 12 games with 30 or more points and 25 games with 20 or more points ... notched six double-doubles (points/rebounds) as a senior ... tallied 15 points and seven rebounds for the White Team in the Phoenix/WBCA All-America game ... poured in 48 points and 20 rebounds in her final high school game in the state championship ... as a junior, averaged 25.9 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 3.9 steals, while leading Southwood to a 35-3 record and the 1999 Louisiana state title ... selected All-State, All-District, All-City and Nike All-America ... named state, district and city MVP ... selected state tournament MVP ... as a sophomore, averaged 14.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 3.8 steals, and helped lead Southwood to a 38-1 finish and the 1997 Louisiana state title ... selected second-team All-State and All-District ... in her four-year high school career, she tallied 2,646 points (17.6), 948 rebounds (6.3), 513 steals (3.4) and 434 assists (2.9) ... guided her Southwood H.S. team to a 144-6 record in four years under coach Steve McDowell.

Personal...
Full name is Alana Monique Beard ... born May 14, 1982, in Shreveport, La. ... daughter of LeRoy and Marie Beard ... has one older sister, Megan, and one older brother, LeRoy, Jr. ... majoring in sociology.

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