Beard named to first team, defensive squad

Updated: March 5, 2004, 12:26 PM ET
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DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke landed an ACC-record five players on the Associated Press all-conference teams, which were released Wednesday.

Two Blue Devils also earned All-Defensive team honors.

The All-ACC first, second and third teams, along with the All-Freshman team, is voted on by the Atlantic Coast Sports Writers Association, while the All-ACC Defensive team is voted on by the coaches. A total of 49 members voted from ASCWA.

Duke senior Alana Beard led all voting for the third consecutive season with 147 votes en route to a spot on the All-ACC first team. Teammate Iciss Tillis received 119 votes. Beard was the only player who received all first-place votes for the third consecutive year, while Tillis was fifth with 24.

Sophomore Monique Currie was picked to the All-ACC second team with 94 votes, while sophomores Mistie Bass and Lindsey Harding each were named third-team All-ACC with 47 and 42 votes, respectively.

This is the fourth straight year Duke has posted two players on the first team and the fourth year in a row with at least three Blue Devils named All-ACC. Duke also became the first ACC school to ever have five players earn All-ACC honors, breaking the previous record of three.

North Carolina's Camille Little (also a first-team pick) and Ivory Latta also were unanimous selections to the five-member ACC All-Freshman Team. Little, a 6-foot-1 forward, leads the Tar Heels in scoring (14.1 points) and rebounding (8.2). Her rebounding average leads the conference and she is tied for the ACC lead in double-doubles with seven. Latta, a 5-6 guard, is averaging 13.9 points per game and ranks second in the league with 1.96 3-pointers per game. She ranks sixth in the ACC in both assists (3.85 per game) and steals (1.96).

Beard, a six-time ACC Player of the Week selection this season, currently leads the ACC in scoring (20.8) and ranks sixth in field-goal percentage (.524) and fifth in 3-point field goal percentage (.375). On Monday she became Duke's all-time leading scorer for men and women with 2,577 points.

Beard and Harding -- 4.9 assists, 6.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.9 steals, 2.16 assist/turnover ratio -- were also named to the All-ACC Defensive team by the nine ACC women's basketball head coaches. It marks the fourth consecutive season Beard has been named to the team. Beard ranks tied for first in the ACC in steals (2.44) and tied for fifth in blocked shots (1.33).

A look at all the awards:

All-ACC

First Team (with first-place votes)
Alana Beard, Duke (49)*, 147
Kaayla Chones, N.C. State (47), 144
Lakeia Stokes, Clemson (34), 132
Camille Little, UNC (31), 125
Iciss Tillis, Duke (24), 119

Second Team
Ivory Latta, UNC (15), 103
Fallon Stokes, Ga. Tech (15), 97
Monique Currie, Duke (11), 94
Tasheika Allen, FSU (2), 61
Liz Strunk, Wake Forest (1), 55

Third Team
La'Tangela Atkinson, UNC (3), 53
Mistie Bass, Duke (1), 47
Lindsey Harding, Duke (8), 42
LaTonya Blue, Virginia (1), 40
Shay Doron, Maryland (1), 39

Honorable Mention
Kalika France, Maryland, 36
Shante Williams, FSU (1), 29
Brandi Teamer, Virginia, 23
Delvona Oliver, Maryland (1), 19
Alex Stewart, Ga. Tech, 15

All-Freshman Team
Ivory Latta, UNC*; Camille Little, UNC*; Shante Williams, FSU; Shay Doron, Maryland; Kalika France, Maryland.

All-Defensive Team
Alana Beard, Duke; LaTonya Blue, Virginia; Nanna Rivers, N.C. State; Tracy Alston, Wake Forest; Lindsey Harding, Duke

* Unanimous selection