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Q+A Alana Beard

Dec. 01, 2003
Dec. 01, 2003

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Dec. 1, 2003

Q+A Alana Beard

Duke's All-America guard has 2,067 career points, just 165 shy of
the the school's women's record held by Chris Moreland. The Blue
Devils are ranked No. 4.

This is an article from the Dec. 1, 2003 issue Original Layout

SI: Are you comfortable with people calling you the best player
in the country?

Beard: Yeah, because that's what I want to be.

SI: How confident are you that Duke can win the national title
this year?

Beard: Very confident. We have everything we need. We have an
inside game and perimeter play. We have a point guard and a
rebounding attack. And we have depth.

SI: You once said that if you could be on the cover of any
magazine, it would be FORTUNE. What's the headline?

Beard: "Alana Beard: The Second Wealthiest African-American Woman
in the World Behind Oprah Winfrey"!

SI: You've gone from being homesick and shy as a freshman and
sophomore to being a very confident senior. What's helped you
change and grow?

Beard: I always kept to myself. I was antisocial. But I've
developed a group of friends who force me to talk and have fun,
and they know nothing about basketball. That's the best thing any
athlete can do: get friends that don't know anything about your
sport and accept you as just another friend and not because
you're that basketball player.

SI: You grew up playing on a dirt court in your backyard in
Shreveport, La. What's the key to beating your opponent on a dirt
court?

Beard: Keeping your traction [laughs].

SI: You'll almost certainly be one of the top three picks in next
year's WNBA draft. How closely will you be watching the draft
lottery on Dec. 3?

Beard: Not very closely, I guess, because I didn't even know it
was coming up until you told me. I don't care where I play. I'm
just glad we can play in the States.

SI: If you could switch places with one athlete for a single day,
who would you choose?

Beard: Keyshawn Johnson. I want to figure out what's going on
there. How does it feel to be an All-Pro player and not playing
at this critical time in the season? That's who I'd choose, but
mostly because I'm real nosy. --R.D.

For more from Alana Beard, go to si.com/siexclusive.

COLOR PHOTO: VAUGHN YOUTZ/ZUMA PRESS INC. (BEARD HEADSHOT)COLOR PHOTO: THAD PARSONS/ICON SMI (BEARD ACTION PHOTO)