The first time we saw Alana Beard, we had no idea who she was.
There was pickup ball in Card Gym and all of sudden this long, thin arm shot out and picked off a pass and headed downcourt for a layup.
It was unbelievably athletic, one of the most dazzling things we’d seen a woman do in basketball. Still is.
We followed her at Duke of course, where she scored an amazing 2,687 points, and in the WNBA, where she won back to back Defensive Player Of The Year in 2017-18. She remains one of our favorite players.
So it was great news to hear that she has been inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. It’s richly deserved.