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Elevating the Game
Michael Bamberger
January 20, 2003
CONNECTICUT'S hard-charging Diana Taurasi is setting the standard in women's college basketball with her all-out style and her shooting touch. Here are four other players who are raising the level of play in the sport, and the ways in which they're doing so.
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January 20, 2003

Elevating The Game

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CONNECTICUT'S hard-charging Diana Taurasi is setting the standard in women's college basketball with her all-out style and her shooting touch. Here are four other players who are raising the level of play in the sport, and the ways in which they're doing so.

ALANA BEARD, F-G, Duke
DEFENSIVE INTENSITY: The 5'11" junior has used her 76-inch wingspan to become the game's most smothering defender and deftest pickpocket.

LAURIE KOEHN, G, Kansas State
RANGE: The 5' 8" sophomore, who's shooting a giddy 44.1% from beyond the arc, is so feared when firing treys that defenders pick her up at half-court.

SHAWNTINICE POLK, C, Arizona
FORCE: The agile 6'5", 235-pound freshman is the Shaq of the Pac-10. Polk scores (18.5 points per game), rebounds (11.7), passes (3.7 assists) and dominates.

NICOLE POWELL, F, Stanford
ALL-COURT SKILLS: The 6'2" junior is queen of the triple double, owning six of the 12 in PAC-10 history.

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