Bess Greenberg '01
Induction Class of 2008
A native of Vestal, N.Y., Bess Greenberg played basketball at Binghamton from 1997-01. She earned her bachelor's degree in English in 2001.
Greenberg was a vastly talented player whose skill and leadership spearheaded the program's remarkably successful transition from NCAA Division III to Division I.
A two-time Division II All-American, she is the school's all-time scoring leader with 2,024 career points (18.2 per game). With Greenberg in the starting lineup, Binghamton teams averaged more than 24 wins a season and enjoyed a lofty win percentage of 86% (97-16).
In her freshman season, Greenberg led the Division III Colonials to a 22-3 record and a spot in the NCAA second round. She was the ECAC Rookie of the Year for a BU team that was ranked No. 5 in the country.
As a sophomore, Greenberg averaged 19.2 points and led her now-Division II team to a 26-4 record, a New England Collegiate Conference title and an NCAA berth in the program's very first year up a divisional level. She was named both NECC and ECAC Player of the Year and earned honorable mention All-America honors.
Greenberg's junior season was near perfect, as the first team All-American guided the Bearcats to a 27-2 record (16-0 in conference) and a commanding ECAC Division II crown. She averaged 21.3 points and shot 53% from the field, including a deadly 49% from three-point range.
As a senior, Greenberg captained BU to a 22-7 mark and a second straight runaway ECAC championship. She was named the tournament's MVP for the second straight year.
Off the court, Greenberg was a three-time Academic All-American, and also was the recipient of the 2001 NCAA Woman of the Year for the State of New York. She was the University's "Athlete of the Year" in 1998-99 and 1999-00.
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