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WCBB: BENTLEY UNIV. COACH BARBARA STEVENS JOINS THE ELITE 800-WIN CLUB

WCBB: BENTLEY UNIV. COACH BARBARA STEVENS JOINS THE ELITE 800-WIN CLUB

No. 800–

Stevens Earns 800th Career Win in Convincing Fashion as #24 Bentley Rolls to 93-60 Win over C.W. Post–

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WALTHAM, Mass. — Bentley University‘s Barbara Stevens became the fifth women’s basketball coach in NCAA history to amass 800 career wins as five double-figure scorers led the 24th-ranked (Division II) Falcons to an impressive 93-60 victory over visiting C.W. Post  Sunday afternoon at the Dana Center.

Stevens, 800-236 in 34 years as a head coach and 643-145 in 25 Bentley seasons, joins Pat Summitt (Tennessee), Jody Conradt (Texas), C. Vivian Stringer (Rutgers) and Sylvia Hatchell (North Carolina) on the 800-win list. Of those four, only Summitt achieved the milestone in fewer contests than Stevens’ 1036. A sixth could join the list later on Sunday when Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer seeks her 800th at Tennessee.

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WCBB: COACH STEVENS COUNTDOWN TO THE ELITE 800 CLUB…ONE WIN AWAY

Win #799 for Stevens; Battista Nets Career-High 20 as Bentley Wins 6th Straight–

WALTHAM, Mass. — Freshman forward Lauren Battista (North Easton/Oliver Ames HS), playing against her hometown team, scored a career-best 20 points and claimed seven rebounds as Bentley University overcame a rough start to record its sixth straight win, 78-63 over Stonehill College in Northeast-10 Conference women’s basketball at the Dana Center Wednesday night.

Lauren Battista-Bentley Freshman Forward

The victory elevated the Falcons, 6-1 overall, into a first-place tie in the Northeast-10 at 6-0, and moved Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame coach Barbara Stevens to within one win of 800 for her career. She’ll make her first attempt at joining the elite group on Sunday, Dec. 19 when Bentley hosts C.W. Post at 2 pm.

Currently, only four coaches in NCAA women’s basketball history have achieved 800 wins: Pat Summitt (Tennessee), Jody Conradt (Texas), C. Vivian Stringer (Rutgers) and Sylvia Hatchell (North Carolina). Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer could conceivably beat Stevens to 800 as she stands at 798 with two games remaining before the 19th.

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Win #5:  Caira, Battista Lead Balanced Attack as Bentley Rolls Past #7 Franklin Pierce, 90-72; Win #798 for Stevens–

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WALTHAM, Mass. — Senior forward Elise Caira (Wakefield/Arlington Catholic HS) provided 17 points, seven rebounds and a career-high seven assists, and four teammates joined her in double figures, as Bentley University ran past undefeated and two-time defending Northeast-10 Conferencechampion Franklin Pierce, 90-72, in NE-10 women’s basketball action Saturday afternoon at the Dana Center.

Elise Caira Bentley College G/Ftevens

Bentley, the NE-10’s preseason favorite, ran its winning streak to five and improved to 5-0 in the conference for the first since 2004-05 while giving coach Barbara Stevens her 798th career victory (tying Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer for fifth on the all-time list). Franklin Pierce, which had won 62 of its previous 66 game and entered the game ranked seventh nationally in Division II, fell to 7-1 overall and 4-1 NE-10.

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Win # 4–Brugliera, Bentley Shoot Down UMass-Lowell, 84-60; Falcons Win 4th Straight

Jacqui Brugliera


LOWELL, Mass. — A career-best 24-point, nine-rebound effort off the bench by freshman forward Jacqui Brugliera (Fitchburg/Wachusett Reg. HS) propelled Bentley University to an 84-60 win over UMass-Lowell in Northeast-10 Conference women’s basketball Wednesday evening at the Costello Athletic Center.

Bentley, with its fourth straight win, remained unbeaten in the conference, improved to 4-1 overall and moved coach Barbara Stevens to within three wins of the 800 milestone, a plateau only four women’s basketball coaches have achieved. UMass-Lowell dipped to 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the conference.

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Win #3:  Goodwin, Battista Team for 30 as Bentley Tops Turnover-Plagued SNHU, 69-54

Bentley Junior guard Katherine Goodwin

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Junior guard Katherine Goodwin (Goffstown, N.H./Governors Academy), playing only miles from her home, scored 16 points and freshman forward Lauren Battista (North Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames HS) hit all six of her second-half shots en route to a career-best 14 points as Bentley University made it three in a row, 69-54 over Southern New Hampshire University in Northeast-10 Conference women’s basketball Sunday afternoon at the SNHU Fieldhouse.

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WIN #2-Caira, Brugliera Power Bentley Past Saint Anselm, 72-48-

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WALTHAM, Mass. — Senior forward Elise Caira(Wakefield/Arlington Catholic HS) provided 19 points, on 9-of-12 shooting and nine rebounds, and freshman forward Jackie Brugliera (Fitchburg/ Wachusett Reg. HS) added a career-best 18 points off the bench as Bentley University rolled to a 72-48 win over Saint AnselmSaint Anselm College inNortheast-10 Conference women’s basketball Tuesday night at the Dana Center.

Bentley, which broke the game open with a 23-4 explosion of the final nine-and-a-half minutes of the first half, improved to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the NE-10. Saint Anselm, which hadn’t allowed more than 46 points in any of its first four games, dropped to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the conference.

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WIN #1–Brennan Scores 19 as #24 Bentley Opens NE-10 Schedule with 79-65 Win over Merrimack

Meghan Thomann (bentleyfalcons.com)

WALTHAM, Mass. — Senior All-Conference guard Kim Brennan (Locust Valley, N.Y./Locust Valley HS) scored 19 points and delivered four assists as Bentley University topped Merrimack College, 79-65, in Northeast-10 Conference women’s basketball Wednesday night at the Dana Center.  courtesy of bentleyfalcons.com

Mann Dominates Inside, Powers #5 Holy Family Past #24 Bentley, 92-84 LOSS
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Sophomore post Erin Mann (West Chester, Pa.) was a force inside, finishing with 25 points and 11 rebounds, and senior forward Catherine Carr (Bernardsville, N.J.) added 18 points and 10 assists as Holy Family University rallied for a 92-84 win over Bentley University in a season-opening women’s basketball matchup between two nationally-ranked Division II programs at the HFU Campus Center.

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D-II COACH CLOSING IN ON THE ELITE 800 WINS CLUB

Bentley University Women’s Basketball Head Coach, Barbara Stevens Just 7 Wins Away From Joining the 800 Club.
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Of all the people to coach women’s basketball at the Division II level, no one has recorded more victories than Bentley’s Hall of Fame coach, Barbara Stevens. And only four coaches in the history of women’s college basketball, in any division, have more victories!

Stevens will enter the 2010-11 season, her 34th year as a head coach and 25th at Bentley, needing only seven wins to join Pat Summitt, Jody Conradt, C. Vivian Stringer and Sylvia Hatchell in the elite 800-win club.

Stevens received the ultimate honor in April 2006 when she was amongst the 2006 inductees into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame during ceremonies held in Knoxville, Tenn.

That honor came a little more than three months after Stevens became the sixth NCAA women’s basketball coach to reach the exclusive 700-win plateau, a milestone she achieved on Jan. 5, 2006, with an 85-69 win over Bryant.

Stevens’ 793 victories have come in 1028 games, resulting in a career winning percentage of .771.  Do the math and you’ll see that she is more than 550 games over .500!  Of the top ten winningest coaches in NCAA women’s basketball history, only the legendary Pat Summitt of Tennessee has averaged more victories per season than Stevens.

A 2005 inductee into the Bentley Athletic Hall of Fame, Barbara has been the winningest coach in Division II history since Feb. 6, 1999 when the Falcons topped Merrimack, 65-56, in North Andover. That was victory number 520, pushing her past the late Darlene May of Cal Poly Pomona.

Earlier in that same season, she became the first women’s basketball coach in New England history to reach the 500 career win plateau with an 89-66 victory over Columbus State.

Career win number 600 came Jan. 26, 2003 when the Falcons cruised to an 83-42 victory at Saint Rose. Her 500th Bentley win came at Southern New Hampshire Feb. 10, 2004.

That’s just the start of a lengthy list of accomplishments for the 12-time Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Year.

There has been a remarkable 24-year Bentley record of 636-144, which equates to an .815 winning percentage. An NCAA Division II tournament berth 23 times, with ten regional championships.

Continuing on, five consecutive trips to the Division II Fab Four, including an appearance in the 1990 national championship game. Nine 30-win seasons, including five straight from 1989-93. Fourteen Northeast-10 regular season championships. Breaking the school record for consecutive wins six times.

However, perhaps the most impressive stat is the fact that Barbara Stevens’ Bentley teams have averaged 26.5 wins a season. That’s while playing a 26 or 27-game regular season schedule over most of her tenure!

Barbara Stevens, coach of Bentley College near Boston, is the winningest Division II women's coach.

Barbara, who has seen a number of her former players go on to coach in the college ranks, has also reached the top of her profession off the court, serving as the 1994-95 President of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. No other Division II coach has ever headed the 4,000-member organization.

Barbara came to Bentley in 1986 after three years as head coach at UMass. The 1976 Bridgewater State product began her coaching career as an assistant coach at Clark during the 1976-77 season.

“Bardy” was promoted to head coach following year and met with great deal success during her six seasons at helm, winning nearly 75 percent of time. The Cougars averaged better than 20 wins a season reached the NCAA Division III Final Four in both 1982 and 1983.

While at Clark, Barbara guided her teams to three Division III state championships and a postseason tournament five straight seasons. In her final season, she was named District l Converse/WBCA Coach of the Year and coached the Division III Champion Player of the Year, Margie O’Brien.

At UMass, Barbara had a three-year record of 34-49 while coaching in the highly competitive Atlantic 10 Conference. During her tenure at UMass, that conference frequently had three teams ranked in the top twenty.

Her accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. Stevens has three times been the WBCA Division II National Coach of the Year (1992, 1999 and 2001) and has been voted Northeast-10 Coach of the Year 12 times (1988-89, 1991-93, 1996-2001, and 2003) She was also named the Division II Coach of the Year by the American Women’s Sports Federation following the 1988-89 season, and was the WBCA District One Coach of the Year annually from 1991-93, again from 1999-2001 and 2003.

Stevens was one of 100 members of the charter induction class into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in October 2002, and both the Clark and Bridgewater State Halls of Fame have also called her name.

In 2002, Stevens was presented with the prestigious Carol Eckman Award from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, given for sportsmanship, commitment to the student-athlete, honesty, ethical behavior, courage and dedication to purpose.

In July 1994, she traveled to France and Israel as an assistant coach for the USA Select Team, marking the second straight summer she was involved in USA Basketball. In 1993, she was an assistant coach for the West team at the U.S. Olympic Festival.

Barbara, 55, is a native of Southbridge. She resides in Waltham.


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