Alana Monique Beard was born on May 14,1982 and is an American former professional basketball player.
26 Facts About Alana Beard
Alana Beard signed on with the Los Angeles Sparks as a free agent in 2012.
Alana Beard announced her retirement from the WNBA on January 23,2020.
Alana Beard was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, on May 14,1982, to LeRoy and Marie Alana Beard.
Alana Beard played for Southwood High School in Shreveport, Louisiana, where she led her team to four consecutive state titles.
Alana Beard scored 2,646 points during her four years, and finished her high school career with 53 consecutive victories.
Alana Beard participated in the 2000 WBCA High School All-America Game, where she scored fifteen points.
Alana Beard is the first NCAA basketball player to amass over 2,600 points, 500 assist and 400 steals.
Alana Beard helped Duke reach the Final Four twice in her career.
Alana Beard was drafted in 2004 with the 2nd overall pick by the Washington Mystics.
Alana Beard played the shooting guard in the Sparks's starting lineup.
Alana Beard averaged 11.4 ppg in 33 games while shooting a career-high in 3-point field goal percentage.
Alana Beard played 14 games with 11 starts, averaging 7.8 ppg after recovery.
The Sparks would go on to win the series in five games, clinching the 2016 WNBA Championship and Alana Beard winning her first career championship.
In February 2017, Alana Beard re-signed with the Sparks in free agency.
In September 2017, the WNBA announced that Alana Beard won the WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, becoming only the second Sparks player after Lisa Leslie to do so.
In February 2018, Alana Beard again re-signed with the Sparks in free agency.
In February 2019, Alana Beard re-signed with the Sparks for the fourth time.
In 2019, Alana Beard was struggled with a hamstring injury throughout the entire season, causing her to only play half the season, resulting in less playing time and a new career-low in scoring.
Alana Beard announced her retirement from the WNBA on January 23,2020 after a 15-year career.
Alana Beard helped the team the gold medal, starting all five games and leading all scorers with 15.4 points per game.
Alana Beard was the leading scorer in the opening game against Puerto Rico with 23 points and the leading scorer against Argentina with 24 points.
Alana Beard continued as a member of the team which went on to the World Championships in Brno, Czech Republic.
Alana Beard was the second leading scorer for the USA team with 18.0 points per game.
In 2018, Alana Beard traveled to the Philippines as a Sports Envoy with the US State Department's Sports Diplomacy Office.
In so doing, Alana Beard helped contribute to Sports Diplomacy's mission to promote leadership and inclusion in youth.