Five Aces

Originally Published: October 23, 2003

THE EXPERTS' OPINION


Lieberman on: Duke
Seniors Alana Beard, Iciss Tillis and Vicki Krapohl have lost just three games against ACC foes since arriving in Durham (they've led Duke to a 96-8 overall record and 45-3 ACC mark, with three regular-season league titles and three conference tournament crowns). Their last ACC loss occurred on Feb. 18, 2001. Of course, all streaks come to an end sooner or later. But it might not happen this season.


Lieberman on: Big Ten
Penn State senior Kelly Mazzante and Minnesota senior Lindsay Whalen are definite stars, and at the end of the game they can flat-out carry you.



Voepel on: Big 12
The Big 12 has led the nation in attendance the past four seasons, and is set to have another big year. Five teams are in the coaches' preseason top-25 poll, including Texas, Kansas State and Texas Tech in the top 10.


Voepel on: Kansas State
I now hear people say things such as "Well, K-State always seems to underachieve in March,'' and I think, "When did one year become 'always?' ''

Diana Taurasi is 590 points short of UConn's career scoring mark.

Diana Taurasi -- the Cali kid with jaw-dropping skills who's ESPN.com's Preseason Player of the Year -- and Alana Beard were easy picks to repeat on ESPN.com's Preseason All-America team. After that, let the debate begin. Like the AP All-America squad, we thought the top five should include a Big Ten player. We just didn't agree on which one.
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  • THE COMPLETE PREVIEW
      Lieberman: Cats in good hands with DeMoss
      Mickie DeMoss needs to work the same recruiting
      magic at Kentucky that has made her famous.
  • Lieberman: DeMoss will be missed at Tennesssee

      Lieberman: Conference favorites
      Last season's league champs are the favorite
      again in the six major conferences.

      Voepel: Future bright for Big 12
      Things have turned out very good for
      women's hoops in the Big 12.

      Chat wrap: Purdue's Shereka Wright
      The Boilermaker senior says her team
      hasn't gotten the respect it deserves -- yet.

      Lieberman diary: Favre one funny guy
      The Return of Lady Magic included meeting
      one of the NFL's top QBs at Lambeau Field.

      No changing of guard necessary
      For the second consecutive season, these five
      players were voted the nation's top off-guards.

      Wing commanders
      These five wings make that pull-up jumper look
      easy and slash inside better than anyone else.

      Forwards in motion
      Harvard's Hana Peljto and a pair of Big 12 players
      headline our list of the five best power forwards.

      Centers of attention
      Who dominates the paint better than anyone
      else? Nicole Ohlde and Christi Thomas, for starters.

      Chat wrap: Duke's Monique Currie
      The Duke redshirt sophomore, who missed last,
      season with a torn ACL, hit chat on Nov. 7.

      Voepel: Super seniors
      It won't be easy to say goodbye to Alana Beard,
      Diana Taurasi and the rest of the Class of 2004.

      Nancy Lieberman's top 25
      Should Duke or Texas be No. 2? And where does
      Tennessee fall? The ESPN analyst has an idea.

      Voepel: Precarious positions
      Not all players have a defined position. And that
      makes it tough to name the top players.

      Vote: Underrated or overrated?
      How much did you agree with the ESPN/USA
      Today coaches poll? Your vote counts here.

      Vote: Player of year?
      Will it be Beard or Taurasi? And who has the
      best chance of stealing top honors from them?

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      Diary: Oklahoma's Caton Hill
      The Sooners senior answers everyone's question:
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      Diary: Wis.-Milwaukee's Maria Viall
      There's plenty to learn about the Panthers senior,
      who's one of 10 kids.

      Minnesota, Whalen still looking to improve
      After going 25-6 and reaching the Sweet 16, the
      Golden Gophers have high expectations.

      Ailing Stanford optimistic for 2003-04
      Never mind preseason injuries. Tara VanDerveer
      says the Cardinal are better than last season.