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Alana Beard's Bio

About Alana Beard

Alana Beard

WNBA CAREER CAPSULE

● WNBA Champion (2016)
● WNBA Defensive Player of the Year (2017, 2018)
● WNBA All-Star (2005, 2006, 2009)
● All-WNBA Second Team (2006)
● WNBA All-Defensive First Team (2007, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2018)
● WNBA All-Defensive Second Team (2005, 2006, 2009, 2014)
● Most career steals among active players (697)
● All-time steals leader in Washington Mystics history
● No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft (Washington)
● 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

2018 (Los Angeles): Beard capped off the 2018 season with her second consecutive WNBA Defensive
Player of the Year Award. The award marked her ninth WNBA All-Defensive Team selection. Beard
played and started in 30 regular-season games during the campaign and started both playoff games for
Los Angeles…Scored a season-high 11 points on July 10 to help Sparks beat 2018 champions Seattle
Storm 77-75 on the road…Missed four games with a strained groin

2017 (Los Angeles): Started and played in all 34 games… Averaged 30.8 mpg, 6.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 2.2
apg… Led the league in steals, averaging 2.09 spg… Had at least one steal in 32 of 34 games this
season… Season-high five steals in two games this season vs. Seattle in the season opener on 5/13 and
at Chicago on 8/18… Had a season high 41 minutes and 10 rebounds @ Chi. On 8/18… Recorded
season high 5 assists @ Phoenix on 6/18 and @Chi. on 8/18… Had a season high 5 steals on 5/13 vs.
Sea. and @ Chi. on 8/18… Scored a season high 18 points vs. Chi. on 6/6… Had 10 games this season
in which she scored 10+ points… Led the Sparks 12 times this season in steals… Was named AP
Defensive Player of the Year.

2016 (Los Angeles): Played and started in all 34 games… Averaged 7.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.1 apg and 1.7
spg… 11th consecutive season with at least 1.0 steal per game… Ranked second in the league in steals
per game… Moved into the top 25 on the WNBA’s career scoring list, into the top 10 in career steals, and
the top 30 in career assists.

2015 (Los Angeles): Averaged 7.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals in 14 regular season
games played – 10th consecutive season with at least 1.0 steal per game… Scored a season-high 20
points on June 6 versus Seattle… Reached 4000th career point on June 6 against Seattle… Played 300th
career game on August 16 versus Chicago… Missed 15 games of the regular season due to injury from
June 16 through July 22 and on August 11…
In the playoffs : Averaged 6.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.7 steals in three games played of
the Western Conference Semifinals… Tied a career playoff-high four steals on September 20 in game
two of the Western Conference Semifinals against Minnesota…

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.

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): 15 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 eighth 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 27, 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: During her four years (2001-04) at Duke, Beard compiled a 126-14 (.900) record, won four
Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) regular season and four ACC Tournament titles, advanced to four
NCAA Tournaments, including the 2002 and 2003 Final Fours… Became the first Duke women’s
basketball player to have her jersey retired… Named the 2004 Associated Press (A.P.) and U.S.
Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) National Player of the Year and was the 2004 Wade Trophy
recipient… Earned 2003 NCAA All-Final Four honors and was a three-time (2002, 2003 and 2004)
All-American selection by the A.P., USBWA and Kodak/WBCA… A three-time ACC Player of the Year and
ACC All-Defensive Team selection (2002, 2003, 2004), was a four-time All-ACC first team honoree… The
National Freshman of the Year in 2001 as selected by USBWA, Sports Illustrated, CBS Sportsline and the
Women’s Basketball Journal… Capped her career as Duke’s all-time leading scorer with 2,687 points.
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

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.

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