The Immaculata team won their first three games, and in the final game, faced Rush's alma mater, West Chester State.
That game wasn't close, with West Chester State winning by 32 points 70–38.
The teacher started a gymnastics team, and Rush thew herself into gymnastics.
She was appointed team captain, and specialized in the trampoline.
She led the Mighty Macs to six consecutive final four appearances in her six seasons with the school, attaining a 149-15 record.
When the teacher on sabbatical returned, she accepted a position at General Wayne Junior High in Malvern, Pennsylvania.
A resident of Ventnor City, New Jersey, Rush grew up in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey and graduated from Oakcrest High School in 1964.
a township with over 40,000 residents in 2010, but approximately 5,000 when she was in elementary school.
Shank was a six-foot center, who started the same year as Rush. In their ninth game, Shank and Maureen Mooney didn't show up.
They didn't have a charter bus, or even a school bus, so the players drove themselves to games. When they didn't arrive for warm ups, Rush was initially angry, but as time passed, she became concerned.