Women’s Basketball HOF Name Mighty Macs “Trailblazers”
Within one year, the Immaculata University championship Mighty Macs’ teams will have been recognized by three prestigious organizations for their contributions to the game of basketball. Most recently, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (WBHOF) in Knoxville, TN announced its 2015 Hall of Fame inductees. In addition to the Class of 2015, the WBHOF will recognize the 1972-74 Immaculata College Mighty Macs for their contributions to the game in a display at the Hall entitled “Trailblazers of the Game.” The 2015 induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 13, 2015. The Mighty Macs will also be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame, both ceremonies held in 2014.
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.
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. 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.