Mighty Macs to be Inducted into Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame
“The Mighty Macs are the very definition of trailblazers. They opened up opportunities for countless young women to play basketball at the collegiate level and pursue the game that I, and so many others, love. We are very proud to see them earn this recognition and hope that their contributions are always remembered,” stated Patty Canterino, head women’s basketball coach and director of Athletics and Recreation at Immaculata.
The Mighty Macs will join the All American Red Heads, Edmonton Grads, the Former Helms/Citizens Savings/Founders Bank, the Wayland Baptist Flying Queens, and the 1976 USA Olympic Team as the only six groups recognized as “Trailblazers of the Game” by the WBHOF. Three Mighty Macs have entered the WBHOF as individual coaches/players: Cathy Rush in 2000, Theresa Shank Grentz in 2001, and Marianne Crawford Stanley in 2002. The six members of the WBHOF Class of 2015 are: Janeth Arcain (player), Kurt Budke (coach, posthumously), Gail Goestenkors (coach), Janet Harris (player), Lisa Leslie (player), and Brad Smith (coach).
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 Immaculata is considered the Birthplace of Modern College Women’s Basketball. 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.
Immaculata University is a Catholic, comprehensive, coeducational institution of higher education, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.