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Immaculata University is proud to recognize the 1972, 1973,
and 1974 Mighty Macs for their contributions to women’s
college basketball and to the Immaculata community. As a
result of their three consecutive women’s basketball national
championships, Immaculata University is recognized as
the birthplace of modern women’s college basketball. The
team’s academic and athletic excellence paved the way for
more young women to have opportunities to participate in
college sports. The Mighty Macs’ journey from underdogs to
champions attracted widespread attention to women’s college
basketball, which led to greater interest in women’s sports.
The list of the team’s achievements is long: a three-year winning
streak from 1972-1974 in the first national women’s collegiate
basketball championships, one of the first two women’s teams to play
at Madison Square Garden, one of the first two women’s teams to
have a game broadcast on national television, and the first American
college women’s team to compete outside the United States.
The team was home to four All-American players: Theresa
Shank Grentz ‘74, Marianne Crawford Stanley ‘76, Rene Muth
Portland ‘75, and Mary Scharff ‘77. The excitement of the
Mighty Macs’ “Glory Days” has endured up until the present
day. The team’s story will be told in the fall 2011 movie
a testimony to the iconic status that the Mighty
Macs have gained in the history of American women’s sports.
Many of the Mighty Macs have gone on to coach at all levels of
women’s basketball, from high school to national teams, passing
on their talent and love of the sport to younger women. They have
not only garnered national recognition for Immaculata, but they
have also brought national prominence to women’s sports.
I am honored to know these remarkable women. I celebrate their
personal, professional, and athletic achievements, applauding them
for being at the forefront of women’s college basketball. They are
an inspiration for future generations of women, and for all athletes,
encouraging them by their example to develop their minds and
bodies, to compete well, and to take pride in their hard work. Please
join me in commemorating the accomplishments of the Mighty Macs!
Sister R. Patricia Fadden,
P R E S I D E N T O F I MM A C U L ATA U N I V E R S I T Y
Message from the President
Dear Immaculata Friends,
L-R: Former Mighty Macs Head Women’s Basketball Coach Cathy
Rush who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball
Hall of Fame in 2008, and Immaculata University President
Sister R. Patricia Fadden, IHM, Ed.D.