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Mighty Mac Reunion Honors 3-Time National Champions at 76ers VS Heat Game

Move over LeBron James and Andre Iguodala – make room for the Mighty Macs. Immaculata University´s (IU) championship Mighty Macs of the 1970s will be reuniting during the Philadelphia 76ers´ home opener versus the Miami Heat on Wednesday, October 27 at the Wells Fargo Center. Game time is 7 p.m.
It will be Immaculata Night at the 76ers as the pre-game prime time show features a musical performance by the Immaculata University Chorale singing the National Anthem, pep rally led by the Immaculata cheerleaders, and a special dance routine performed by Immaculata students.
Sister Patricia Fadden, IHM, president of Immaculata University, along with former Mighty Mac team captain and current IU Vice President for University Advancement Theresa Grentz, will join in the Ceremonial Tip-off. During half-time, eight members of the 1970s Championship Mighty Macs will take center stage to be honored for their achievements in front of a hometown crowd.
Championship Mighty Macs in attendance:
• Theresa Shank Grentz (´72, ´73, ´74 teams) – former NCAA coach at Illinois and Rutgers and U.S. Olympic coach (won bronze medal)
• Marianne Crawford Stanley (´73, ´74, ´75 teams) – assistant coach of the WNBA Washington Mystics, won three national championships with Old Dominion University
• Janet Ruch Boltz (´72, ´73 teams)
• Denise Conway Crawford (´72, ´73, ´74 teams)
• Janet Young Eline (´72, ´73, ´74 teams)
• Judy Marra Martelli (´72, ´73, ´74, ´75 teams)
• Sue Forsyth O´Grady (1972 team)
• Betty Ann Hoffman Quinn (´72, ´73 teams)
Considered by many to be the birthplace of women´s basketball, Immaculata and the extraordinary Mighty Macs won three-consecutive National Women´s Collegiate Basketball Championships from 1972-1974. They were the first women´s team, along with the University of Maryland, to appear on national TV and also to play at Madison Square Garden when they defeated Queens College in 1975. As the precursor to women´s sports today, the Mighty Macs paved the way for young female athletes in basketball and in other women´s sports.
Immaculata University, a Catholic coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.
Visit the Immaculata University web site at www.immaculata.edu.

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