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    By Dave Wohlhueter

    It was a tough call amongst a number of outstanding players, but has chosen Duke senior guard Alana Beard as its 2004 Player of the Year.

    It probably won't come as a surprise to the 5-11super star that she has been selected because she has already copped the State Farm Wade, Associated Press,, and USBWA Player of the Year awards, as well as the Bayer Advantage Senior CLASS honor.

    The selection of Beard as this year's honoree puts to an end the Big East domination of the version of the award. Former Notre Dame center Ruth Riley won the award in 2001, UConn guards Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi were the recipients in 2002 and 2003, respectively.

    Although she couldn't lead her team to the national title, Beard did provide Duke with much success over her four years in Durham. She has led the Blue Devils to four straight Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season and tournament championships. Beard is the only player, male or female, in NCAA history to score over 2,500 career points and have over 400 steals. The three-time ACC Player of the Year averaged 20.2 ppg., 5.2 rpg., 2.4 spg., and shot 50.8 percent from the field this season. The last three years she has been on the first unit.

    Joining Beard on the All-America first team are: UConn senior guard Diana Taurasi, Penn State senior guard Kelly Mazzante, Stanford senior forward Nicole Powell, and Kansas State senior center Nicole Ohlde.

    Taurasi, who led UConn to the national title, received some Player of the Year awards. The three-time All-American averaged 16.2 ppg., 4.0 rpg., 4.9 apg., and had 27 blocks this past season. She has been selected Big East Player of the Year and on the first team twice. Taurasi was the 2003 and 2004 recipient of the Nancy Lieberman Award as the top collegiate point guard.

    Mazzante, also a three-time All-American, has been Big Ten Player of the Year twice. This season, the 6-0 guard averaged 23.9 ppg., 4.6 rpg., 2.5 spg. and 2.3 apg. She had 98 3-pt. baskets, shooting 34.5 percent from behind the arc. She was on the 2003 first team. She is the Big Ten all-time career scorer.

    Powell earned second-team honors a year ago, but really turned in on for a superb senior season. She is also a three-time All-American. During her career, she led Stanford to four Pac-10 championships. She received the conference player of the year award twice. A versatile performer, the 6-2 senior averaged 20.2 ppg., 11.2 rpg., 4.1 apg., and 1.9 spg. She is only the fourth Pac-10 player to be named to the all-conference team for four years.

    Ohlde enjoyed an outstanding final season with the Wildcats. She won the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year Award for the second time. The 6-5 senior averaged 17.5 ppg., 6.7 rpg., 3.8 apg., and 1.7 blocks, while shooting 57.4 percent from the field. She is the all-time Big 12 scorer with 2,241 points. This is her second appearance on the first team.

    Named to the second team for 2004 were: Purdue senior Shereka Wright, Minnesota senior Lindsay Whalen, LSU sophomore Seimone Augustus, Houston senior Chandi Jones, and Tennessee junior Shyra Ely.

    Armintie Price, a 5-9 forward/guard, of Ole Miss was named the Rookie of the Year. She led the Rebels to a 17-13 year, averaging 15.3 ppg. and 9.4 rpg. She had 14 double-doubles this past season, and was named SEC Freshman of the Year.

    Houston's Joe Curl was named the Coach of the Year. In his sixth season, he led the Lady Cougars to a 28-4 record, and they made their first trip to the NCAA tournament in 12 years. The 28 wins was a school record. Houston won the Conference USA regular-season and tournament titles. All-America First Team
    #*@Alana Beard, Duke, Sr., 5-11, G (Player of the Year)
    #Diana Taurasi, UConn, Sr. 6-0, G
    *#+Kelly Mazzante, Penn State, Sr., 6-0, G
    ##*Nicole Powell, Stanford, Sr., 6-2, F
    #Nicole Ohlde, Kansas State, Sr., 6-5, C

    Second Team
    Shereka Wright, Purdue, Sr., 5-10, F
    Lindsay Whalen, Minnesota, Sr., 5-9, G
    Chandi Jones, Houston, Sr., 5-10, F
    Seimone Augustus, LSU, So., 6-1, F
    Shyra Ely, Tennessee, Jr., 6-2, F

    #2003 First Team
    ##2003 Second Team
    *2002 First Team
    +2002 Second Team
    @2001 First Team

    Rookie of the Year
    Armintie Price, Ole Miss, Fr., 5-9, G/F

    Coach of the Year
    Joe Curl, Houston

    By Dave Wohlhueter has decided to honor the frosh women basketball players who made their marks this season in their first collegiate appearances. These young players don't normally get recognition beyond conference freshmen teams.

    Here's the list of 10 players named to the Young All-America team:

    Meg Bulger, Fr., G, West Virginia. Named the Big East Freshman of the Year. Averaged 10.0 ppg., 4.9 rpg.

    Jessica Davenport, Fr., C, Ohio State. Voted Big Ten Freshman of the Year by the media. This 6-5 center averaged 13.1 ppg., 10.8 rpg., and led the conference with 47 blocked shots.

    Jessica Dickson, Fr., F, So. Florida. The top scoring frosh in the country at 18.7 ppg., and averaged 6.1 rpg. She was Conference USA Freshman of the Year and set a conference frosh game record with 36 points.

    Katie Gearlds, Fr., G/F, Purdue. Voted Big Ten Freshman of the Year by the coaches, and received honorable mention on the conference team. Averaged 10.8 ppg., and was the Boilermakers second-leading scorer.

    Janese Hardrick, Fr., G, Georgia. Named All-SEC, she averaged 10.7 ppg., 3.1 rpg. and 3.1 apg. Selected on the SEC all-tournament and All-West Regional teams.

    Tiffany Jackson, Fr., F, Texas. Selected USBWA National Freshman of the Year. The 6-3 forward made an impact on the Longhorns, averaging 13.0 ppg. and 7.5 rpg. She had 40 blocks and 66 steals. Named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year and received all-conference second-team honors.

    Camille Little, Fr., F, North Carolina. The 6-1 forward was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference first team, averaging 14.1 ppg., and 8.2 rpg. She was accorded ACC Freshman of the Year honors.

    Armintie Price, Fr., G, Ole Miss. She averaged 15.3 ppg. and 9.4 rpg., and was named SEC second team and conference Freshman of the Year. Also picked as Rookie of the Year. She had 14 double-doubles in her yearling season.

    Noelle Quinn, Fr., G/F, UCLA. Named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. The 6-0 frosh was named to the conference first team, averaging 16.0 ppg. and 7.5 rpg. She recorded a triple double vs. California with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

    Alesha Robertson, Fr., G, Texas Tech. The top-scoring frosh in the Big 12 at 13.6 ppg., she received All-Big 12 honorable mention.

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