The Immaculata Mighty Macs Return to the Famous Madison Square Garden to Play Conference Rival
The Immaculata University´s women´s basketball program will travel to New York City to compete against Cabrini College, their conference rival, at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, January 23, at 5:00 p.m.
The game at Madison Square Garden marks a notable return for the Mighty Macs who, along with Queen´s College, were the first women´s basketball teams to play at the Garden. That historic game was played February 22, 1975, with the Mighty Macs winning 65-61 in front of a crowd of 11,969 fans. The Immaculata College Mighty Macs dominated women´s basketball during the 1970s, securing its place in history by earning the first three women´s national championships and placing second in 1975 and 1976; and fourth in 1977.
Sister Rita O´Leary, IHM, director of Planned Giving and Stewardship at Immaculata University, attended the game in 1975 with other Mighty Mac fans. As Dean of Students in 1975, Sister Rita remembers the "aura of excitement" that the game generated. At the final buzzer, Immaculata players and fans poured onto the court to celebrate the victory. The excitement extended beyond the Immaculata community as Sister Rita´s family took the train from Boston to witness the historic game. Thirty-five years later, the aura of excitement is alive and well as students, faculty, staff, and alumni plan to attend the game on January 23. A reception for local alumni is also planned.
"We are excited and grateful for the opportunity to play at Madison Square Garden, not only because of its rich basketball history, but because of the significance of Immaculata´s return there and the impact the school made on women´s basketball," commented Patty Canterino, Immaculata´s head women´s basketball coach and director of athletics.
Immaculata´s game against Cabrini will be the final game of a triple-header scheduled for the day at Madison Square Garden. The Mighty Macs compete in the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) and finished the 2008-2009 season with an 8-8 league record, making the postseason tournament.
Immaculata University, a Catholic coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.
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