Mighty Macs to be Inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame


Former Mighty Mac Judy Martelli representing Immaculata University at the 2014 Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame press conference.

The Mighty Macs' three national championship trophies

The Mighty Macs’ three national championship trophies

Immaculata University is proud to announce that the Mighty Macs’ basketball teams of the early 1970s will be enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA, at the induction ceremony for the Class of 2014 on August 8. In addition to the Immaculata Mighty Macs, the other inductees include Alonzo Mourning, Bob Leonard, Nolan Richardson, Mitch Richmond, Gary Williams, Sarunas Marciulionis, Nat Clifton, Guy Rodgers, and David Stern.

As the highest honor in basketball, entrance into the Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding contributions to the sport. According to their website, all of the enshrinees are celebrated for their outstanding achievements and accomplishments.

Sister Patricia Fadden, IHM, Ed.D., president of Immaculata University, stated, “The Immaculata community is excited and proud to hear that the national championship Mighty Macs have joined the ranks of basketball greats as inductees into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.We celebrate their accomplishments both on and off the court.”

In 1959, the Basketball Hall of Fame inducted its first class. Today, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, opened in 2002, is home to more than three hundred inductees and more than 40,000 square feet of basketball history.

Led by their young coach, Cathy Rush, the Mighty Macs won the first three women’s college basketball championships in 1972, 1973, and 1974 and is considered the Birthplace of Modern College Women’s Basketball.Rush is a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee, Class of 2008. In addition to the national championships, the Mighty Macs were the first women’s team, along with the University of Maryland, to appear on national TV; first women’s team, along with Queen’s College, to play at Madison Square Garden, and the first women’s college team to play outside the Country (Australia in 1974).Their inspirational story was made into a feature-length theatrical movie called The Mighty Macs and released by Sony Pictures in 2011.

Click here for more information about the Mighty Macs or call 610-647-4400, ext. 3143.

Immaculata University is a Catholic, coeducational institution of higher education, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.

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