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Beard makes preseason team for third time

Updated: November 11, 2003, 10:05 PM ET
Associated Press

Geno Auriemma has a very simple way of explaining the difference between Connecticut and its challengers in women's basketball:

"We have Diana and they don't," the coach says.

At Duke, coach Gail Goestenkors says without hesitation: "I think Alana raises the level of play of our entire team every single day."

Of course, they are talking about Diana Taurasi and Alana Beard, for whom being designated an All-American is becoming as commonplace as high-top sneakers.

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