Athlete Testimonies:

Alana Beard

Three-time All-American Alana Beard is a leading contender for National Player of the Year honors, having led Duke to two Final Fours, three conference championships, and a 96-10 record while wearing the royal blue and white.

So, how does the 21-year-old keep the hype from going to her head? She says it's simple: While others might allow the attention to affect their attitude, her faith gives her a firm foundation.

"I believe in being humble because it's in the Bible," says Beard, who grew up going to Greenwood Acres Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana, and accepted Christ at age 13.

"Whenever I'm having problems or feel that nothing is going right, I always go to Matthew 6:25-32, which says that if you seek God's kingdom first, everything else will be fine," says Beard.

As Beard finishes her senior season, she knows that nothing less than a national championship could complete her stellar college career. But Beard also understands that, things will happen only in God's perfect timing.

"Of course, I want to be the best," she says. "But I also believe in being patient. I know that good things will come when I wait on the Lord."

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