Showcasing its rich history of sports excellence, Immaculata University proudly announced its Athletic Hall of Fame inaugural class at an induction ceremony on Saturday, October 13.
Among the inductees for the first class were Immaculata’s 1972, 1973, and 1974 National Women’s College Basketball Championship teams, Coach Cathy Rush, and three championship players who achieved All-American status. In addition, Sister Marita David Kirsch, IHM, a member of Immaculata College’s Mythical City Championship Team 1945-1946, was inducted.
Members of the Championship teams (married name in parentheses):
Denise Conway (Crawford) of Havertown, PA
Marianne Crawford (Stanley) of Raleigh, NC
Barbara Deuble (Kelly) of White Bear Lake, MN
Sue Forsyth (O’Grady) of Drexel Hill, PA
Betty Ann Hoffman (Quinn) of Ardmore, PA
Tina Krah of Indianapolis, IN
Marie Liguori (Williams) of Aventura, FL
Judy Marra (Martelli) of Media, PA
Maureen Mooney (deceased)
Patricia Mulhern (Loughran) of Broomall, PA
Rene Muth (Portland) of Bloomington, IN
Patricia Opila (Penater) (deceased)
Janet Ruch (Boltz) of Glen Mills, PA
Mary Scharff of Audubon, NJ
Theresa Shank (Grentz) of West Chester, PA
Maureen Stuhlman of South Lake Tahoe, CA
Janet Young (Eline) of Gettysburg, PA
Coach: Cathy Rush
Marianne Crawford (Stanley): Two-time All-American 1975, 1976
Mary Scharff: All-American 1977
Theresa Shank (Grentz): Three-time All-American 1972, 1973, 1974
Sister Marita David Kirsch, IHM:
The Mythical City team defeated top-ranked Temple University – breaking their 31-game winning streak.
Members of Immaculata’s Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Committee included administrators, faculty, and coaches from the University. Immaculata University’s Hall of Fame is housed in Alumnae Hall adjacent to the IU gymnasium.