Danielle M. Bately '97
Danielle M. Bately '97
Title: Class of 2005
Organization: Women's Basketball

She was pretty quiet off the court. But on the court, her actions spoke volumes. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that during her years as a player, WPI’s success in women’s basketball reached its zenith.

One player does not a team make. There were several reasons why the 1995 WPI women’s basketball team finished 18-10, played in the NEW-8 Championship finals, and competed in the ECAC post-season tourney. And why the 1996 team finished 23-6 (the best single-season record in WPI history), won the NEW-8 Championship, and reached the second round of the NCAA postseason tourney.

Odds are, however, that none of that would have happened were it not for the marvelous exploits of one Danielle Batey. Danielle was integral to the success of those teams. Her name can still be found in many places in the WPI record books. Among career leaders, she is still 4th in games played (102). She is 9th in points scored (1,151). She is tied for 6th in 3-point field goals made (52), and 7th in 3-point field goals attempted (164). She is 3rd in 3-point shooting accuracy (.317), 2nd in free throws made (295), and 3rd in free throws attempted (438). In career steals, she is 7th (184).

Among WPI’s all-time single-season leaders, Danielle’s numbers shine even brighter. The following are from that fabulous 1995-96 season: she’s tied for first place in WPI history in games played (29); she’s first in points scored (490); she’s first in free throws made (131), and she’s first in free throws attempted (189).

As a freshman, she averaged 3.7 points and 2.1 rebounds. But her numbers really began to improve after that. As a sophomore, she averaged 9.8 points and 5.5 rebounds. As a junior, her figures reached new heights as she averaged a team-high 16.9 points and 7.0 rebounds. And as a senior, when she was not asked to score as much, she averaged 12.5 points and 7.3 rebounds. In her career, she averaged 11.3 points and 5.7 rebounds—highly respectable numbers!

Today, Danielle is an engineer manager for Digimarc, the U.S. leader in identification systems. She has traveled around the world—to such countries as New Zealand, Wales, England, Germany, and Mexico. Through her work, she has already visited most of the 50 states.

She resides in Amherst, New Hampshire, and is currently training to be a disaster volunteer for the American Red Cross so that she may help in the Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts on the Gulf Coast.

For all her outstanding achievements, it is with great pride that WPI inducts Danielle Batey into its Athletic Hall of Fame.