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Shelly Pennefather
nun, former professional basketball player

Shelly Pennefather

Shelly Pennefather
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Intro nun, former professional basketball player
Is Athlete Nun Basketball player
From United States of America
Field Religion Sports
Gender female
Birth 1966
Age 56 years
Height: 73 in
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Mary Michelle Pennefather (born c. 1966), now known as Sister Rose Marie of the Queen of Angels, is a former professional basketball player. Winner of the Wade Trophy in 1987, she went on to play premier league basketball in Japan before retiring to a monastic life.

High school

Pennefather spent three years at Bishop Machebeuf Catholic High School in Denver, Colorado and one at Notre Dame High School in Utica, New York. She led Machebeuf to three consecutive state championships and a 70-0 record. She led Notre Dame to a 26–0 record, making for a no loss record for her entire high school career.

Pennefather was named to the Parade All-American High School Basketball Team. She was a U.S. Olympic Festival selection in 1981 and 1983. She turned out for the USA Women's R. William Jones Cup Team in 1982 where she earned a silver medal.


Pennefather played her college basketball for the Villanova Wildcats at Villanova University in Radnor Township, Pennsylvania. She was the school's all-time leading scorer for both women and men with a career total of 2,408 points. She was the Big East Player of The Year three times. She was a First Team All-American selection in 1987, and the winner of the coveted Wade Trophy.

Villanova statistics


  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
1984 Villanova 26 504 53.5% 78.0% 9.7 NA NA NA 19.4
1985 Villanova 29 544 53.4% 74.0% 10.9 4.3 2.2 1.5 18.8
1986 Villanova 31 685 57.3% 81.8% 9.5 5.1 2.3 0.9 22.1
1987 Villanova 31 675 58.5% 76.8% 9.9 4.3 2.4 1.1 21.8
Career 117 2408 55.9% 78.0% 10.0 3.6 1.8 0.9 20.6

Professional career

After graduating from Villanova, Pennefather played three seasons of professional basketball for the Nippon Express in Japan.

Religious life

On June 8, 1991, Pennefather retired to a monastic life with the Poor Clares order at their monastery in Alexandria, Virginia. On June 6, 1997, six years after entering the monastery as a novice, Pennefather, now known as Sister Rose Marie, took her final vows as a nun. On June 9, 2019, Pennefather had her first physical contact with family and friends since becoming a nun; her next opportunity to do so will not happen for another 25 years, per the rules of her religious order.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 13 Aug 2019. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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