Beard's Number 20 Retired

Despite losing to #2 Tennessee, Blue Devil senior Alana Beard still has a reason to smile on Saturday as she became the first women's player in history to have her number retired.

"I think I realize how special it is now," said Beard of the honor. "It's just an honor to have your jersey retired along with so many great players and to hang it in the rafters."

"The crowd support was awesome. I loved every minute of it. Just to see my parents standing out there with smiles going from ear to ear was the most enjoyable thing. If anything, I wanted it for my parents because they're so happy. You could see the expressions on their faces."

A two-time Kodak All-America and 2003 National Player of the Year, Beard is the career point's leader at Duke with 2,311 and continues to move up the ACC career charts as her senior year progresses. The 5-11 guard is currently in third place behind Barbara Kennedy of Clemson (3,113) and Genia Beasley of N.C. State (2,367).

During her career Beard has been a two-time ACC Player of the Year, three-time first team All-ACC, two-time first team Associated Press All-America and the ACC career leader with 15 ACC Player of the Week selections. She ranks in the top five of 11 Duke career categories-- points (1st, 2,311), scoring average (2nd, 19.8), field goals made (1st, 873), field goals attempted (1st, 1639), free throws made (2nd, 492), free throw percentage (5th, .766), assists (3rd, 443), steals (1st, 368), blocked shots (t-3rd, 121), double-figure scoring games (1st, 111) and overall wins (5th, 107).

A Shreveport, La., product, Beard also holds Duke single-game records for points (41), field goals made (16), field goals attempted (30), single-season records for points (813), field goals made (294), field goals attempted (558), free throws made (201) and steals (114). As a freshman at Duke, Beard was the consensus National Freshman of the Year and became the ACC's first freshman to be selected first team All-ACC.

Duke Sports Information contributed to this report.

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