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Bentley’s Stevens joins exclusive 800-win club

From Staff And Wire Reports / December 20, 2010

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Bentley coach Barbara Stevens became the fifth coach in NCAA women’s basketball history to reach 800 victories, with the Falcons beating C.W. Post in Waltham yesterday, 93-60.

Stevens joins exclusive company. The only other coaches to reach 800 are Tennessee’s Pat Summitt, former Texas coach Jody Conradt, Rutgers’s C. Vivian Stringer, and Sylvia Hatchell of North Carolina.

“It has really caused me to reflect upon my years as a coach and all the wonderful people that I’ve been associated with as players, my assistant coaches, and obviously the institutions that I’ve coached at,’’ Stevens said. “I’m just really grateful.’’

Stevens is in her 25th season at Bentley, and has a record of 643-145 at the Division 2 school. She went 123-42 in six seasons at Division 3 Clark, then was 34-49 in three seasons at UMass-Amherst.

The win was the seventh straight for the Falcons (7-1), who got 20 points and nine rebounds from Elise Caira.

BC 85, UNC-Wilmington 55 — Kerri Shields scored 8 of her 18 points during a 23-0 run to close the first half as the No. 25 Eagles (11-0) extended their best start ever, dropping the visiting Seahawks (6-3) to 0-21 against ranked opponents. Carolyn Swords added 23 points for BC, which scored 15 of the first 17 points and came into the game leading the nation in scoring at 90.3 points per game.

Miami (Ohio) 77, NU 61 — Rutgers transfer Christine Huber scored 12 points and had 10 rebounds in her debut, but the host Huskies (4-5) lost to the RedHawks (7-3).

UMass 72, Wagner 69 — Shakia Robinson grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds and scored 11 of her 22 points in the final eight minutes, helping the Minutewomen (2-9) overcome a 17-point second-half deficit to beat the visiting Seahawks (4-5).

Bryant 59, Holy Cross 47 — Danielle Douglas scored 19 points and the host Bulldogs (3-7) closed the game with a 23-1 run to beat the Crusaders (4-6), who were led by Alex Smith’s 14.

AIC 71, Rhode Island 64 — Michelle Lafond scored 15 points and put the visiting Yellow Jackets (8-2) ahead to stay with a 3-pointer in overtime. Megan Shoniker scored a career-high 35 points for the Rams (5-6).

Tennessee 82, Stanford 72 — Meighan Simmons scored 23 points, including a 3-pointer to force overtime, and the No. 6 Lady Volunteers (10-2) beat the No. 3 Cardinal (6-2) in Knoxville, Tenn., denying Tara VanDerveer her 800th career win.

Texas A&M 79, Rutgers 50 — Danielle Adams had 24 points and 12 rebounds, Sydney Carter added 18 points, and the No. 8 Aggies (9-1) rolled over the Scarlet Knights (7-5) at the Maggie Dixon Classic in New York.

UNC 75, South Carolina 51 — Jessica Breland had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the No. 10 Tar Heels (11-0) over the Gamecocks (5-5) in their annual trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Men’s basketball Holy Cross 75, Marist 57 — Andrew Keister scored 16 points and Eric Obeysekere pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds as the visiting Crusaders (1-8) beat the Red Foxes (2-10) for their first victory of the season.

Sacred Heart 71, Yale 62 — Shane Gibson scored 23 points and the Pioneers (4-7) withstood a rally by the host Bulldogs (5-5) for their third win in a row.

Central Conn. St. 74, Niagara 71 — Ken Horton scored 25 points as the Blue Devils (5-5) ended a four-game losing streak with a victory over the visiting Purple Eagles (3-8).

Maine 78, Colgate 57 — Gerald McLemore scored 15 points, Terrance Mitchell added 14, and Murphy Burnatowski had 13 as the Black Bears (5-5) kept the visiting Raiders (0-9) winless.

Notre Dame 88, Stony Brook 62 — Tim Abromaitis scored 22 points and Carleton Scott made all eight of his shots, including four 3-pointers, to lead the No. 24 Irish (10-1) over the visiting Seawolves (4-6).