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Bentley coach Barbara Stevens joins 900-win club

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 25, 2014 at 3:08 pm •  Published: January 25, 2014

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — With the first 900 out of the way, Bentley University's women's basketball coach Barbara Stevens would rather not look ahead on the next big milestone that may be in her future.

One thousand wins!

"How about 901? How about that?" Stevens said after becoming the sixth coach in women's college basketball history to record 900 victories — her undefeated Falcons posting a 98-80 Division II Northeast-10 Conference victory over Saint Anselm. "That's kind of how we take it here — one game at a time."

Pausing, she then said, "If I'm lucky enough to still be coaching and the way I feel at this moment — I enjoy it so much and I guess as long as Bentley will have me, I'll try to stay as long as I still love the job."

Stevens, 58, who also coached at Clark University and the University of Massachusetts, reached the 900-win mark when her team improved its record to 18-0. She is in her 37th year and joined Pat Summitt, Sylvia Hatchell, C. Vivian Stringer, Tara VanDerveer and Jody Conradt in the women's 900-win club.

Her 743 Division II victories are a record.

Sharing the spotlight with Stevens on Saturday was Lauren Battista, the senior forward who became the program's all-time leading scorer, with 1,804 points.

"When it came up that it could happen on the same day, I thought it was really great," said Bautista, one of four players on this veteran team who played in Stevens' 800th victory Dec. 19, 2010. "I thought it would be amazing to share that special day with Coach and it would be a day that we both remember as a really cool day in Bentley basketball history.

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