Athletics Hall of Fame
Elizabeth Hughes

Elizabeth Hughes

SPORT(S) Volleyball, Basketball
PLAYED AT BSU 1976-1980

Betty Hughes played volleyball and basketball on an athletic scholarship at Bemidji State University from 1976-80 and lettered four times in both sports. In volleyball, she was twice named team captain and BSU Most Valuable Player and was a member of the Minn-Kota Conference Championship Team for three consecutive years from 1976-78. As a starting middle hitter/blocker, she was the team leader and record holder in blocks, kills, ace serves and digs. Her team finished second in the Northern Sun Conference in 1979, second in the MAIAW State Championship in 1977 and 1979, and third in the 1977 AIAW Region 6 Tourney as well as second in 1979. Betty led her team to three 30-plus win seasons and earned an overall record against conference competition of 26 wins and two losses from 1976-1979. Betty twice earned All Minn-Kota Conference and MVP honors, was a member of the All Northern Sun Conference team and MVP her senior year, received the MAIAW Award of Merit for Outstanding Achievement in volleyball in 1978 and was a member of the All MAIAW State Team in 1978 and 1979 and of the All AIAW Region 6 Team in 1979. In basketball, she was a starting guard, senior team captain and member of the Minn-Kota Conference Championship teams in 1977-78 and of the Northern Sun Conference Co-championship team in 1979-80. She held the team record for best free-throw percentage and was twice named to the All Minn-Kota Conference Team. Betty, now a respiratory therapist living in Roseville, received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic in 1993. She is a 20-year participant in the USVBA Volleyball Leagues and was named to the BSU Women's Athletics All 30th Anniversary Team in the spring of 2000 as one of the top 30 best women athletes in BSU history.