Rookie Diary: Alana Beard
Beard averaged 16.7 points and 5.0 boards in three playoff games.
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Ok Ok, I know the season didnít end the way you as fans and us as players expected, but I can assure you that we did better than most expected. The only and most important thing that I could have asked for from my teammates was to try...and we did that! Believe me when I say that the Washington's Mystics future is very bright.
Our playoff run was one of the best experiences I have ever been apart of. It is amazing to see how much we have grown as a group. We have grown in every aspect imaginable. Most importantly, we grew to play for each other. It was "us" against the "world."
You learn a lot about individuals when times are sometimes tough and I am proud to say that everything Iíve learned about my teammates have made me love and respect them even more. As I sit here and write this journal, I remember the beginning of something special. It began when we headed to San Antonio on an eight-day road trip towards our quest to the playoffs. We had to win two games to make the playoffs and three to possibly make a push for first place. As a team we won two games and made the playoffs. It was hard but we kept pushing and that is the mark of something special!
Before I end this journal, I want to make sure I thank the ones that truly believed in us, (besides ourselves and the individuals of the entire Mystics organization) our FANS! Thank you all for continuing to support the Mystics. We made the playoffs when no one expected us to, therefore next year, there is nowhere to go but up! I am not going to say "hope to see you next year" because I know for a fact that I will see you next year.
Don't forget to log on to www.washingtonmystics.com as I will fill you guys in on an AWESOME trip to China that I will take in October. So, DONT LEAVE YET!
The second overall pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft, Beard wrapped up her rookie season by averaging 13.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, and 2.7 apg.