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Emily Bell (42) in the CAL girl's championship in 2010. Now a member of the Immaculata University women's basketball team, she went with her coaches and teammates to see 'The Mighty Macs' movie this weekend.

'The Mighty Macs' movie came out on Friday and the Immaculata University women's basketball team went to see one of the first showings.

The team, along with three coaches, saw the movie at a theater in Malvern, Penn.

Holy Spirit High School graduate Emily Bell, who is on the team, loved the movie, but what happened afterward was a moment that will stick with her a long time.

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Several Immaculata alumni were in the audience and recognized the team. They began clapping and taking pictures of the women, who were wearing team sweatsuits with the basketball logo on them.

"It was such a great feeling when some of Immaculata's alumni realized we were there," Bell said. "It was such an unreal moment. It's amazing how our school has such a great history."

'The Mighty Macs' is a movie on the 1971-72 Immaculata College women's basketball team that was led by West Atlantic City native Cathy Rush. Rush, an Oakcrest graduate, brought the team fame when she led them to a national championship.

The Mighty Macs - the team not the movie - didn't have uniforms or a home gym because their field house burned down. Even though they had to play every game on the road that season, Immaculata persevered winning its first of three straight national titles in the 1970s.

"(The history) is one of the reasons I was drawn to the program," Bell said. "We are so lucky to have such great coaches carrying on an amazing tradition."

Bell was able to look at Rush's character on screen and feel a connection. There was just something about knowing where Rush came from that resonated with Bell.

"I am from Atlantic County and it's really awesome because I played Oakcrest all four years of high school," Bell said. "I just think it's cool to have that in common with such an amazing woman."

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