Beth Willis Dolente
Beth Willis Dolente has made a name for herself for an unbeatable work ethic and unquestioned leadership abilities, characteristics she has employed on both a basketball court and in a court of law. From 1990-94 Beth led the Lady Bisons to a 75 percent winning percentage and a berth in the 1994 NAIA National Championship game. She finished her Lady Bison career as the third leading scorer (2,258 points) and the fifth leading rebounder (911). The TranSouth Athletic Conference honored her three times (1992, 1993, 1994) as both All-Conference performer and All-Academic Team member, and she was named twice to the All-District 24 Team (1992, 1993). National accolades followed: she was Lipscomb’s first NAIA 1st Team All-American (1993), NAIA Honorable Mention All-American (1994), and NAIA All-American Scholar Athlete (1993, 1994). Beth was selected for the prestigious Kodak All-American team in 1993 – another Lipscomb first – and she received the NAIA’s Emil S. Liston Award, recognizing her scholarship, character and on-court accomplishments. A Dean’s List member each term, she graduated magna cum laude from Lipscomb in 1994 with a degree in Government and Public Administration. She earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Memphis and began practicing law in Middle Tennessee. Beth’s career continued to progress when she served as Assistant District Attorney for the 13th Judicial District and established herself as a well-respected prosecuting attorney. Beth Willis will be remembered as one of the Lady Bisons’ all-time great players – one who translated her athletic accomplishment into professional excellence.