Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Beth Willis Dolente played on the Lady Bisons basketball team from 1990-94 leading the team to a 75 percent winning percentage over her career and an appearance in the NAIA Championship game in 1994. She was a first team All-American in 1993 and an honorable mention All-American in 1994.
Willis finished her career among the top five in program history for both scoring (2,258) and rebounding (911) and at the conclusion of her junior season, the NAIA awarded her the Emil S. Liston Award honoring her scholarship, character and playing ability.
Director of Athletics Philip Hutcheson on Beth Willis Dolente:
"There are some athletes who could have played for Lipscomb in any era and Beth was one of those. She was a talented and fierce competitor and she raised the bar not only for her teams and teammates around her, but also for the women's basketball players that have followed since then. While her national accomplishments and honors certainly merit her inclusion in our Hall of Fame, her resume is made all the more impressive by her outstanding work in the classroom and in her professional life since graduation. When Lipscomb's women's basketball holds up past players as examples of the types of student-athletes we're looking for, Beth is certainly one of those at the top of the list and we are thrilled to recognize her as a part of this special group."