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Alana Beard's Bio

About Alana Beard

Career Highlights:

  • WNBA Champion (2016)
  • WNBA Defensive Player of the Year (2017, 2018)
  • WNBA All-Star (2005, 2006, 2007, 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 2004 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

2019 (Los Angeles):

  • Missed 15 games due to hamstring injury
  • Scored a season-high 10 points on August 16 against Chicago
  • Averaged 3.3 points, 1.4 assists, 1.5 rebounds in 14.7 minutes per game
  • Beard’s 14.7 minutes per game average was the lowest of her career

2018 (Los Angeles):

  • Collected her second consecutive WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, which marked her ninth-career WNBA All-Defensive Team selection
  • Played and started in 30 regular-season games as well as starting both playoff games
  • Averaged 4.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 25.5 minutes per game and shot 40.0 percent from beyond the arc
  • Averaged at least 1.0 steals per game for the 13th consecutive season
  • Notched a season-high 11 points in a 77-75 win over the eventual 2018 champions Seattle Storm on July 10
  • Missed four regular-season games with a strained groin
  • Averaged 5.0 points 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game during the playoffs when the Sparks reached the second round

2017 (Los Angeles):

  • Named Defensive Player of the Year
  • Averaged 6.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists and started in all 34 games
  • Shot a career-high 49.7 percent from the field
  • Led the league in steals averaging 2.1 per game and averaged at least 1.0 steals per game for the 12th consecutive season
  • Recorded at least one steal in 32 of the 34 games
  • Logged a season-high five steals twice against Seattle on May 13 and Chicago on Aug. 18
  • Scored a season-high 18 points in a win over Chicago on June 6
  • Had at least 10 points in 10 games this season
  • Averaged 7.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game during the playoffs, helping the Sparks reach back-to-back WNBA Finals

2016 (Los Angeles):

  • Played and started in all 34 games and averaged 7.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game
  • Ranked second in the league in steals per game (1.7)
  • Averaged at least 1.0 steals per game for the 11th consecutive season
  • Moved into the top 25 on the WNBA’s career scoring list, top 10 in career steals and top 30 in career assists
  • Tallied a season-high five steals in a victory over Washington on May 20
  • Selected to WNBA All-Defensive First Team for the third time
  • Averaged 10.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists in the WNBA Finals series against Minnesota
  • Registered eight points, six assists and four rebounds in the Sparks’ 77-76 Game 5 win over Minnesota to win the WNBA Championship on Oct. 20

2015 (Los Angeles):

  • Averaged 7.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game in 14 regular season games
  • Ranked fifth in the league in steals per game (2.1)
  • Averaged at least 1.0 steals per game for the 10th consecutive season
  • Scored a season-high 20 points in a loss to Seattle on June 6
  • Played her 300th career game on Aug. 16 against Chicago
  • Missed 15 games of the regular season due to injury (June 16 through July 22 and on Aug. 11)
  • 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 in Game 2 of the semifinals against Minnesota on Sept. 20

2014 (Los Angeles):

  • Started all 33 games played and averaged 8.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists
  • Scored 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting and recorded five assists in the opening night win over Seattle on May 16
  • Logged a season-high 20 points to go along with five assists and four rebounds in a win over Tulsa on June 19
  • Racked up 17 points, a season-high seven rebounds and a team-high six assists in a victory over Indiana on July 28
  • Scored a team-high 18 points (16 second-half points) on 8-of-11 from the field in a 70-69 win over Connecticut on Aug. 3
  • Earned WNBA All-Defensive Second Team honors
  • Started in both playoff games and averaged 6.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in 23.9 minutes per game

2013 (Los Angeles):

  • Started all 32 games played and averaged 6.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists
  • Recorded a season-high eight rebounds to go along with 11 points and four steals in a win over Connecticut on Aug. 27
  • Hit game-winning shot with 10.2 seconds remaining in a victory over Seattle on July 20
  • Scored a season-high 13 points in three different games (Seattle on May 26, Atlanta on July 17 and Tulsa on Aug. 25)
  • Averaged 9.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and in three playoff games
  • Logged 12 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and two steals in a playoff career-high 39 minutes of action in an 82-73 Game 2 win over Phoenix of the Western Conference Semifinals

2012 (Los Angeles):

  • Played in all 34 games and started 33
  • Averaged 11.4 points, 3.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game
  • Notched a career-high 10 assists and season-high 23 points against San Antonio on June 16
  • Recorded 400th career steal against Seattle on Aug. 18
  • Finished season ranked sixth among league leaders in steals averaging 2.0 per game
  • Earned WNBA All-Defensive First Team honors for the second time
  • Averaged 16.5 points, 3.5 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals in four playoff games
  • Racked up 18 points, three assists and two steals in her first postseason game with the Sparks (San Antonio on Sept. 27)

2011 (Washington):

  • Missed the 2011 season with a foot injury

2010 (Washington):

  • Missed the 2010 season due to ankle surgery during the offseason

2009 (Washington):

  • Started 30 games and averaged a team-high 15.9 points per game
  • Recorded a career-high 72 steals, which ranked fifth in the league, and ranked third in steals per game (2.3)
  • Ranked eighth in the league in made field goals with 188
  • Turned in a season-high 31-point performance in a win over Chicago on June 20
  • Selected to the WNBA All-Defensive Second Team
  • Named a starter in the WNBA All-Star game
  • Averaged 9.5 points, 2.5 assists and 2.0 rebounds in two games during Washington’s first-round series against Indiana

2008 (Washington):

  • Started all 33 games and averaged 16.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game
  • Finished sixth in the league in total steals with 72 on the season
  • Went 6-of-8 from beyond the arc en route to a career-high 33 points against Phoenix on June 3
  • Led the team in scoring (532), assists (117) and steals (55)
  • Scored double figures 25 times and led the team in scoring for the fourth consecutive year
  • Registered her 2,500th career point against Connecticut on July 27

2007 (Washington):

  • Averaged a team-high 18.8 points her game while shooting a career-high 84.7 percent from the free throw line
  • Finished the season ranked fourth in the league in total points (622), third in minutes played (1,169), third in field goals made (224) and fourth in steals per game (1.9)
  • Logged a season-high 29 points against Phoenix on June 20
  • Grabbed her 500th career rebound against Houston on July 18
  • Collected her 2,000th career point against Seattle on Aug. 11
  • Earned third consecutive WNBA All-Star game appearance and second consecutive All-Star game start
  • Named to WNBA All-Defensive First Team
  • Missed one game due to a shoulder injury

2006 (Washington):

  • Had a breakout season averaging a career-high 19.2 points per game while shooting a career-high 49.5 percent from the field
  • Started in 32 games and recorded at least 20 points in 18 games
  • Finished the season ranked sixth in the league in both points and steals per game
  • Registered her first-career double-double logging 24 points and 10 rebounds against Indiana on June 27
  • Named a starter for the Eastern Conference All-Star team and earned All-WNBA Second Team honors
  • Missed two games due to a sprained ankle
  • Averaged 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game in two contests during Washington’s first-round series against Connecticut

2005 (Washington):

  • Started 30 games and averaged 14.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists
  • Finished the season ranked ninth in scoring and 10th in minutes per game
  • Played a career-high 48 minutes in a double overtime win over Indiana on June 18
  • Named to the Eastern conference All-Star team and earned WNBA All-Defensive Second Team honors

2004 (Washington):

  • Started in all 34 games and averaged 13.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.0 steals per game while shooting 41.8 percent from the field
  • Averaged 22.5 points during the team’s last six games of the season
  • Set a franchise record for most steals in a season logging 69 steals
  • Led the team in steals, assists, blocks and minutes played
  • Was a candidate for both Defensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year
  • Averaged 16.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.7 blocks and 2.0 steals during Washington’s first-round series against Connecticut

Transactions:

  • Selected by the Washington Mystics in the first round with the second overall pick of 2004 WNBA Draft
  • Signed by the Los Angeles Sparks as a free agent on Feb. 8, 2012

Overseas:

  • Shinsegae Coolcat (2005-2006)
  • Elitzur Ramla (2007)
  • Elitzur Ramla (2011-2012)
  • Wisla Can-Pack Kraków (2012-2013)
  • Perfumerias Avenida (2015-2016)

International:

  • Named to the USA Basketball Women’s World Championship team in 2006
  • Finished second in scoring behind Diana Taurasi averaging 18.0 points per game and helped the team to a bronze medal finish
  • Member of the USA Basketball Women’s U18 national team which won the gold medal at the FIBA Americas Championship in Mar Del Plata, Argentina in July of 2000
  • Started all five games and led all scorers with 15.4 points per game during the team’s run

College:

  • Compiled a 126-14 (.900) record at Duke
  • Won four Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) regular season and four ACC Tournament titles
  • Helped Duke advance 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
  • 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: Alana Monique Beard
  • Born May 14, 1982 in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Daughter of LeRoy and Marie Beard
  • Has a Yorkshire terrier, Chloe
  • Ambassador for WNBA’s Dribble to Stop Diabetes campaign
  • Founded the Alana Beard Foundation where 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
  • Intern at Next Play Capital in San Francisco, California
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