Mighty Macs to Receive Hall of Fame Rings
Immaculata University’s Mighty Macs of 1972, 1973, and 1974, who were recently inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, will be recognized by the Immaculata community and receive their official Hall of Fame rings during half-time of the home-opener game of the women’s basketball team versus Rowan University on Saturday, November 15, at 1:00 p.m. Also, a commemorative Hall of Fame banner will be unveiled before the game begins and will join the other banners in the Main Gym honoring the three-time national championship Mighty Macs.
Mike Ventola ’10, will serve as Master of Ceremony during the presentation of the rings to the Mighty Macs. The rings are engraved with the logo of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and also includes the words “Immaculata College” with the championship years (1972-74) also engraved. Prior to the game, the Mighty Macs will be attending a brunch with other members of Immaculata’s women’s basketball teams of the past.
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.
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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.