SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Among the big NBA stars being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame this weekend was a Bentley University legend.
Coach Barbara Stevens finished her career last year with the fourth-highest number of wins in women's college basketball history at 1,058. Her final win percentage was .818, with a win-loss record of 1058-291.
Stevens was nominated to the Hall in 2019, but didn't make it in, so she didn't expect to make it in this year.
"So I'm figuring, okay I'm going to get the 'no thanks,'...I got very, very emotional," she said.
Stevens' career spanned the course of the last four decades since 1977. Though she spent most of her career at Bentley, she also coached for stints at Clark University and UMass.
Stevens' name is engraved in a display case in the Hall of Fame, with a banner to mark her 35-0 national championship season in 2013-2014. She was also inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
WBZ's Matt Shearer (@MattWBZ) reports: