Film About Legendary Mighty Macs Women’s Basketball Team To Be Screened At Notre Dame

Immaculata University (IU) is regarded as the birthplace of modern college women´s basketball and IU´s
Mighty Macs have the hardware to prove it.

The Mighty Macs won three consecutive national women´s college basketball championships in 1972,
1973 and 1974 – the first such national championships played in women´s college basketball in the
United States.

Immaculata University will screen the film about their legendary women´s basketball team – The Mighty Macs – at the University of Notre Dame´s Eck Visitors Center auditorium on Thursday, March 31, 2011 for IU alumni and friends beginning with a reception at 5 p.m. with the movie starting at 6 p.m.

The Mighty Macs stars Emmy, Tony and Academy Award‐winner Ellen Burstyn, Carla Gugino (Entourage, Race to Witch Mountain, Watchmen) and David Boreanaz (Bones, Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

The film´s writer, producer and director, Tim Chambers, will be in attendance at the Eck Visitors Center for a question and answer session to immediately follow the movie´s conclusion.

Also attending the Notre Dame showing of The Mighty Macs will be Theresa Shank Grentz who coached the Fighting Irish´s Head Women´s Basketball Coach Muffett McGraw at Saint Joseph´s University in Philadelphia.

In 2001 when the Notre Dame women´s basketball team won the NCAA national championship, Grentz was serving as the president of the WBCA and presented the trophy to McGraw and her team.

Grentz was a three-time All‐American from Immaculata who went on to become the head coach for the 1992 US Olympic Women´s Basketball Team, president of the Women´s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), served as head coach for the women´s basketball program at Rutgers University (at the time, Grentz was the only fulltime head women´s basketball coach in Division I) in New Brunswick, NJ, and was head coach for women´s basketball at the University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana, IL. Prior to her retirement from coaching, Grentz was the 10th winningest Division I college women´s basketball coach in history.

For further information, contact Robert Cole, Immaculata University´s Vice President for University Communications at 610‐647‐4400, extension 3191 or in South Bend, IN on March 31 at 610-844-8636.

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