1981-82 Women's Basketball
1981-82 Women's Basketball

On January 25, 1982 Boston State College ceased to exist as an institution by an act of the Massachusetts Board of Regents for Higher Education. As a result, the 1981-82 Boston State College Women's Basketball team was playing for more than just victories on the court, but also to make a statement to the rest of the NCAA that the Warriors would go out in style. They certainly did that, posting the greatest season in school history for the program with a 21-6 record and its first appearance in the NCAA National Tournament. They played the last game of any Boston State College team when they bowed out in the NCAA Regionals after ranking second in the nation in defense, holding opponents to just 45 points per game. Under the direction of Head Coach and former BSC player Lisa Carlson, the Warriors were ranked among the Top 20 in NCAA Division III all season, peaking at sixth and went on to win their first-ever Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference championship with a win over Salem State College to gain an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Freshman center Diane Barry was the team's tallest player at 5'9" and led the Warriors with 11.5 rebounds per game to go with 8.8 points per outing and 49 steals. Because of the lack of height, Boston State relied on quickness, aggressive play and different looks on offense and defense. The Warriors employed a full-court press, got on the floor for loose balls and utilized a fast break to take advantage of their overall team speed. Senior quad-captain Colleen McBride was the team's leading scorer with 14.1 points per game, while fellow captain Debbie Thompson joined her in the front court with 7.3 points per contest. Sophomores Patty Suprey and Kelly O'Donnell held down the backcourt, averaging 8.8 and 7.7 points per game, respectively. Senior quad-captain Linda Silvestri was Boston State's sixth woman, coming off the bench to put up 9.8 points per game. Members of the team included Carlson, assistant coach Sandy Matthews, Barry, Mary DiNatale, quad-captain Kelly Gamby, Paula Gately, McBride, O'Donnell, Patty Regan, Silvestri, Sharon Stephans, Suprey and Thompson.