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Alana Beard #0 Guard/Forward

Alana Beard

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WNBA CAREER CAPSULE
• Four-time WNBA All-Star (2005-07, 2009), starting the latter three of those games
• 2006 Second Team All-WNBA
• Earned WNBA All-Defensive Team honors six times (First Team in 2007, Second Team in 2004-06, 2009 and in 2014)
• All-time steals leader in Washington Mystics history

2014 (Los Angeles): Started all 33 games played...Averaged 8.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 27.7 minutes per game...Scored team-high 18 points (16 in second half) on 8-of-11 shooting and added one rebound and three assists in 29 minutes versus Connecticut (8/3)...In 33 minutes versus Indiana (7/28), totaled 17 points, a season-high seven rebounds, a team-high six assists and a season-high-tying three steals...Scored season-high 20 points and matched then season-high five assists and season-high one block to go along with four rebounds and one steal in 30 minutes versus Tulsa (6/19)...Scored 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting and recorded five assists in May 16 opening night win over Seattle. In the playoffs: Started both games played...Averaged 6.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 23.9 minutes per game.

2013 (Los Angeles): Started all 32 games played...Averaged 6.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 22.0 minutes per game...Recorded season-high eight rebounds and tied season-high with four steals to go along with 11 points in August 27 win versus Connecticut...Recorded 12 points, five rebounds, five assists and tied season-high with four steals (including 700th career) at Tulsa on August 2...Hit game-winning shot with 10.2 seconds remaining in victory over Seattle on July 20 and finished with eight points, five rebounds (including 900th career) and tied season-high with four steals...Scored a season-high 13 points on May 26 versus Seattle, July 17 versus Atlanta and August 25 versus Tulsa, all Sparks wins...Started all three postseason games...Averaged 9.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 0.3 assists in 31 minutes per game...Set playoff career-highs with 39 minutes and four offensive rebounds and matched playoff career-high with nine total rebounds to go along with 12 points, two blocks and two steals in September 21 win at Phoenix.

2012 (Los Angeles): Played all 34 games, starting 33 contests…Averaged 11.4 points, 3.3 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 30.8 minutes…Tallied a career-high 10 assists and season-high 23 points at San Antonio on June 16…Led the Sparks with 66 steals … Tied for second in assists (with Candace Parker)…Recorded her 400th career steal against Seattle on August 18th…Finished the season ranked 6th among league leaders in steals (2.00)…One of five Sparks players to average double digits in scoring...Averaged 16.5 points, 3.5 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals in four playoff games...Tallied 18 points, 3 assists and 2 steals in her first postseason game with the Sparks (vs. San Antonio Sept. 27, 2012).

2011 (Washington): Missed the 2011 season with a foot injury…Currently playing the 2011-12 WNBA off-season in Israel as a member of Elitzur Ramla.

2010 (Washington): Missed the 2010 season due to ankle surgery in the off-season.

2009 (Washington): Named as a starter in the WNBA All-Star game…started 30 games…led the team and ranked tenth in the league in scoring (15.9)…recorded a career-high and ranked fifth in the league in total steals (72) en route to WNBA All-Defensive Second Team honors…ranked third in the league in steals per game (2.32)…ranked eight in the league in total field goals made (188)

2008 (Washington): Started 33 games…Scored a career-high 33 points against defending champion Phoenix Mercury…led the team in points (532) for the fourth consecutive year and assists (117)…recorded a team-high 55 steals…Finished the season ranked 8th in steals (1.67) and minutes played (1092), 12th in points per game (16.1) and 15th in assists per game (2.8)….scored in double figures 25 times and led the team in scoring 15 of those times…Recorded her 2,500th point against the Connecticut Sun (7/27/08)

2007 (Washington): Earned her third consecutive WNBA All-Star game appearance and second consecutive All-Star start…Named to the WNBA All-Defensive First Team…Missed one game with a shoulder injury…started 33 games…Led the team in minutes (35.4)…Led the team in points (18.8) and steals (1.94)…shot a career high 84.7% from the free throw line…Named WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played August 12th through 19th…Finished the season ranked 4th in the league in Points per game (18.8), 2nd in minutes per game (35.4), 3rd in minutes played (1,169), 4th in total points (622.0), 4th in the steals per game (1.94), 3rd in field goals made (224.0)…Led the team in scoring in 20 games…Scored a season high 29 points in a game against the Phoenix Mercury (6/20/07)…Led the team in total points (622)…Surpassed the 2,000 career point mark in a game against the Seattle Storm (8/11/07)…grabbed 500th career rebound in a game against the Houston Comets (7/18/07)

2006 (Washington): Had a breakout season…Named a starter for the Eastern Conference All-Star team…Earned Second Team All-WNBA recognition…Named to her third consecutive WNBA All-Defensive Team…averaged 31.1 minutes a game…Shot a career-high 49.5% from the field…had a career-high in numerous categories including rebounds (149), assists (98) and points (614)…scored a career high 30 points in a game against the Seattle Storm (7/23/06)…had a career high 9 assists against the Sacramento Monarchs (8/5/06)…averaged a team-high 19.1 points per game….led the team in steals (1.84 spg)… missed two games due to an ankle sprain…finished the season ranked 6th in both scoring and steals…recorded her first double-double against Indiana on June 27th, with 24 points and 10 rebounds…Named to the USA Basketball Women’s World Championship team…surpassed 1000 career points (1,482)…Playoffs…averaged 32.0 mpg…averaged 15 ppg and 5.0 rpg

2005 (Washington): Named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team…Named to the WNBA All-Defensive Second Team…Played a career-high 48 minutes in a double overtime win against the Indiana Fever (6/18/06)...averaged 33.8 mpg…led the team in scoring with 14.1 points per game…recorded a career-high seven steals in a win against San Antonio…led the team in scoring in 13 games…was second on the team in assists (3.0 apg) and steals (1.5 spg)…finished the season ranked 9th in scoring and 10th in minutes per games (33.8)

2004 (Washington): Named to the WNBA All-Defensive Second Team ….Set a new Mystics record for most total steals in a season (69)…Averaged 22.5 ppg during the team’s last six games of the season…was a candidate for Defensive Player of the year as well as Rookie of the Year…first rookie in two years to be named player of the week for games played September 7 through September 12…Started in all 34 regular season games averaging 30.1 mpg…averaged 13.1 ppg while shooting 41.8% from the field and collected 4.2 rpg…Led the team in assists (2.7) and steals (2.0)…set a new Mystics record for most total steals in a season (69)…In addition to leading the team in steals and assists, led the team in various categories including minutes (30.1) and blocked shots (1.00) …was the high scorer 15 games during the season…Playoffs…led the team with 16.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals, and 2.67 blocks per game

College: First woman to win the John R. Wooden, State Farm Wade Trophy and Naismith Player of the Year Awards... Duke’s first National Player of the Year and three-time ACC Player of the Year…First woman at Duke University to have her number raised to the rafters.

Personal

  • Full name is Alana Monique Beard...Born May 14, 1982, in Shreveport, La...Daughter of LeRoy and Marie Beard...Has a Yorkshire terrier, Chloe...Ambassador for WNBA's Dribble to Stop Diabetes campaign...Through the Alana Beard Foundation she sponsors seven girls AAU basketball teams which foster a "no-excuse" environment to provide the young women of tomorrow with the necessary resources critical to achieving success on or off court.
  • Career Transactions

    Signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Los Angeles Sparks on Feb. 8, 2012...Selected in the first round (2nd overall) of the 2004 WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics on April 17, 2004.