The time is 1971 and the place is Immaculata College for women in Philadelphia. Cathy Rush has no experience with coaching, but she played basketball in college very well. She is newly married to a popular men's basketball referee. In the 70's not many women worked outside of the home so when Cathy Rush gets the job as head coach of a college women's basketball team it doesn't sit too well with her husband. Women's basketball was just becoming popular. As Cathy starts to form a team out of the women who try out, she learns a lot about each of the girls. Some of the girls don't like her rules so a few of them quit the team before they even play their first game.
Cathy struggles to get help from the college because of financial problems. She has no gym to practice or play games, only one ball to practice with, no assistant coaches, and very outdated uniforms. Through the struggles she keeps her head up. She never gives up. Cathy pushes her team to their limits and they start to win games. She gains the trust of the team and of the school officials as well as other Nuns at the school. I don't want to give away too much of the movie, but I really enjoyed it. There was no bad language, sexual content, or abuse of any kind (including physical, substance, etc.). I would highly recommend this movie for the entire family. It would actually make a great movie night pick.
"It's 1971. Cathy Rush is a woman ahead of her time ... and she's about to embark on an adventure for the ages. A new era is dawning in the country and in collegiate athletics, where a national champion will be crowned for the first time in women's basketball.
In the lead up to this historical season, major universities are preparing their game plans to win that first title. Meanwhile a tiny all-women's Catholic college in Philadelphia has a more modest goal: find a coach before the season begins. Providentially, Cathy Rush is about to find Immaculata College.
Recently married, Cathy is dealing with the aftermath of a truncated playing career. While cultural norms would have her staying at home, she's willing to do the hard work necessary to help her new team reach their goals—or perhaps she's just trying to achieve her unfulfilled dreams through them.
From the beginning, her challenges are as imposing as the big-school teams Immaculata will face on the court. Cathy learns there is no gymnasium on campus, she receives little support from the school's Mother Superior, and the school is in dire financial straits. To top it off, she may not even have enough players to field a team!
While it appears the Macs don't have a prayer, all hope is not lost. With the help of Sister Sunday—a spunky assistant coach—and the support of a booster club of elderly nuns, Coach Rush creates a new game plan that just might bring the team—and the school—together.
Will this pioneer buck cultural norms and spur her rag-tag team to unexpected heights? Or will her hard-driving ways create a wedge between the coach and everyone around her? One thing's for certain: there's never been anyone like Cathy Rush at Immaculata!"
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