Sister Marita David was one of the star forwards on the Mighty Macs women’s basketball team in 1946 when Immaculata achieved an unlikely victory against the Temple Owlettes, the "undefeated powerhouse" of women’s college basketball at that time in Philadelphia. Sister Marita David’s Mythical City Championship team broke the Owlettes’ four-year winning streak and defeated them by one point, 33-32. The Immaculatan recognized Sister Marita David for "her remarkable floor work and superior sniping at the basket."
Cathy Rush taught Immaculata’s women’s basketball team the more aggressive tactics used in the men’s game, which led to excellent results. She led Immaculata’s Mighty Macs to three first-ever national Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) championships from 1972 to 1974. Her career record at Immaculata is 149 wins and 15 losses, giving her a stunning 91% winning percentage. Rush later coached the 1975 U.S. women’s basketball team at the Pan American games, leading the team to a gold medal finish. In 2000, Rush became a member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, and in 2008, she was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Rush is the founder and president of Future Stars Camps, which has held basketball, field hockey, soccer, and sports and arts camps for more than 100,000 girls and boys.
Marianne Crawford Stanley '76
Two-Time All-American 1975, 1976
Marianne Crawford Stanley’s performance as a point guard helped the Mighty Macs achieve their 1973 and 1974 national championships. After graduating from Immaculata, Stanley coached at Old Dominion University for nine years, leading her team to three national championships in ’79, ’80, and ’85 and achieving an unbelievable .820 winning percentage. She also led teams to gold medals in the 1983 Goodwill Games and the 1986 World Championship. Stanley has coached college teams and WNBA teams, developing a reputation as a skilled coach, an exceptional tactician, and a champion of equal pay for men’s and women’s coaches. In 2002, she was voted the WNBA Coach of the Year and inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
Mary Scharff '77
Two-Time All-American 1977
Known as a brilliant shooter and queen of what would now be the three-point shot, Mary Scharff became a Kodak All-American player for her 1,231 career points and average of 15 points per game. Scharff played with the Mighty Macs during their tour in Australia, in the first women’s game at Madison Square Garden, and in the first women’s game to be televised nationwide. Scharff played for and then coached the California Dream women’s professional basketball team in 1979 and 1980. In 1987, she returned to Immaculata to coach for 11 years.
Theresa Shank Grentz '74
Theresa Shank Grentz played on all three Immaculata women’s national championship squads and was named a member of the U.S. team in the 1974 world basketball championship. After coaching St. Joseph’s University to two winning seasons, Grentz was hired at Rutgers, becoming the first full-time Division I women’s basketball head coach in the nation and guiding the team to their 1982 AIAW national championship title. Grentz led the 1992 U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team to a bronze medal and then coached at the University of Illinois, winning the school’s only Big Ten title. In 1997, she was named Big Ten Coach of the Year, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s (WBCA) District Coach of the Year in 1997 and 1998. With a record at 671-311 (.683) overall, she was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2007, Grentz won the WBCA Carol Eckman Award.
Denise Conway Crawford ’74
Crawford played on all three Mighty Macs championship teams. She coached the basketball teams at Ridley South Junior High School for four years where she taught foreign languages. She also coached junior varsity and varsity basketball for the Catholic Youth Organization for 15 years and was awarded the “For God and Youth Award” for her service to the community.
Barbara Deuble Kelly '77
Kelly played on the 1974 Mighty Macs championship team and was also involved with the tennis team. She is a member of Immaculata’s Heritage Society, which is a group of people who have named Immaculata in their estate plans.
Betty Ann Hoffman Quinn ’73
Quinn played on both the 1972 and 1973 national championship teams. While working as a science teacher in the Lower Merion School District, she continued pursuing her love of sports by serving as the head coach of girls’ basketball and the assistant coach for girls’ field hockey.
Nancy Johnston ’76
Johnston played on the 1973 championship team. In her junior and senior years, she was part of the Immaculata College Honor Society and the Sigma Zeta National Science and Mathematics Honor Society.
Krah played on the 1974 championship team and went on to coach Division I women’s basketball for 20 years at universities such as Michigan State, California, California State Fullerton, and San Jose State. In January of 2010, she was named the NCAA director of the Division I Women’s Basketball Championship.
Marie Liguori Williams ’77
Williams played on the 1974 Mighty Macs championship team. Williams received her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine in 1982 from Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. While there, she was a player-coach for the coed basketball team. Currently living in South Florida, Williams is the director of podiatric medicine in the department of surgery at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, and she is the chief of the department of podiatry at Jackson North Medical Center.
Judy Marra Martelli ’75
Martelli was a point guard on all three national championship teams. She served as the assistant women’s basketball coach at Villanova University from 1975 to 1978. Martelli has served as a volunteer with Coaches vs. Cancer, helping to raise more than $7.5 million since 1996.
Maureen Mooney ’73
Mooney attended St. Hubert’s High School in Philadelphia where she was the captain of the basketball team and the highest scorer of her day. She was a member of the 1972 and 1973 championship teams.
Patricia Mulhern Loughran ’77
Loughran helped the 1974 Mighty Macs team win their third national championship. Loughran, currently a school counselor, coached fifth and sixth grade girls’ Catholic Youth Organization basketball from 1992 to 2002.
Rene Muth Portland ’75
Portland helped lead the Mighty Macs to all three of their championships. She won three Outstanding College Athlete of America Awards and a New York Press All-American Citation. She coached at Penn State for 27 years, helping the women’s basketball team gain their first No. 1 ranking in 1991. She was twice named Coach of the Year by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), and was twice named Big Ten Coach of the Year.
Sue Forsyth O’Grady ’72
Sue Forsyth O’Grady played on the first Mighty Macs national championship team in 1972. For 20 years, she served as a basketball referee for high school and college games. She was a varsity basketball coach at Archbishop Carroll High School from 1973 to 1975, and her team won the Catholic League Championship of Philadelphia in 1974.
Patricia Opila Penater ’72
Penater played basketball during her grammar school days an helped the Mighty Macs win their 1972 national championship. In the summers during her college years, she served as a camp counselor with the Upper Darby Recreational Department, working with school children in local playgrounds.
Janet Ruch Boltz ’73
Boltz was a guard on the 1972 and 1973 national championship teams. She coached basketball for many years on the Catholic Youth Organization level at her three children’s school, St. Thomas the Apostle, and for her daughters’ Delco Lady Wildcats Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) teams.
Stuhlman served as a basketball referee to help put herself through college, and she helped the Mighty Macs win their first two championships in 1972 and 1973. After college, Stuhlman coached high school basketball for two years while teaching elementary school.
Janet Young Eline ’74
Eline was on all three Mighty Macs national championship teams. She continued to be involved in sports by serving as the athletic director and girls’ basketball coach at St. Francis Xavier School in Gettysburg, PA, and then as the assistant women’s basketball coach at Gettysburg College.