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    For Bentley great Kim (Cummings) Singh, basketball served as an inspiration

    Bentley University

    Kim (Cummings) Singh was the first basketball player at Bentley University — men’s or women’s — to accumulate career totals exceeding 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, and 500 assists.

    A 5-foot-10-inch guard/forward with a signature pullup jumper, she was a women’s Division 2 All-American, the Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year, and Bentley’s Female Athlete of the Year in 1996.

    Now a second-grade teacher’s assistant, the 44-year-old Singh resides in Chapel Hill, N.C., with her husband, Harpreet Singh, and their twin 9-year-old sons, Jaden and Logan.

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    Bentley was 105-21 and played in four NCAA tournaments during her time in Waltham.

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    “My head coach at Bentley, Barbara Stevens, prepared me for life on and off the court. She taught me about hard work, focus, and having a positive attitude,’’ said Singh, “and I have used those lessons to inspire my own children and my students.’’

    Singh helped lead Brockton High to a Division 1 state championship her junior year and was Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year in 1992.

    She said her high school coach, the late Ed Gifford, instilled confidence she could achieve greatness, and that her parents, Joseph and Carol, and other family members “had a great impact on my career with their support.’’

    Singh holds the single-game program record at Bentley with 15 free throws and is tied for another with 16 field goals. Her 1,701 points are sixth on the program’s career scoring list. She previously worked in the investment field, played professionally in Norway, and was an assistant girls’ coach at Walpole High.

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    “Athletics taught me unselfishness and teamwork and what it takes to realize a dream,’’ she said, “and provided me teammates, and friends who have become family.’’

    Marvin Pave can be reached at marvin.pave@rcn.com.