Shelly Pennefather

Shelly Pennefather
Personal information
Born c. 1966
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Career information
High school Bishop Machebeuf
(Denver, Colorado)
Notre Dame
(Utica, New York)
College Villanova (1983–1987)
Position Forward
Career history
1987–1990 Nippon Express (Japan)
Career highlights and awards

Mary Michelle "Shelly" Pennefather (born c. 1966), now known as Sister Rose Marie of the Queen of Angels,[1] 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.[2][3]

Pennefather was named to the Parade All-American High School Basketball Team. She was an 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.[4][5][6]


Pennefather played her college basketball for the Villanova Wildcats at Villanova University in Philadelphia. 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.[1][7][8][9]

Professional career

After graduating from Villanova, Pennefather played three seasons of professional basketball for the Nippon Express in Japan.[1][8]


In June 1991, Penefather 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.[2][8]


  1. 1 2 3 "Pennefather heeds her calling". April 6, 2003. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  2. 1 2 "Sister of mercy". Associated Press Sports Editors. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  3. "Pennefather Keeps Trying To Duck Spotlight". January 22, 1986. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  4. "History made and repeated". April 3, 2014. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  5. "Women's All-Time U. S. Olympic Festival Roster by Affiliation". USA Basketball. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  6. "USA Women's R. William Jones Cup". USA Basketball. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  7. "NCAA Basketball Award Winners" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  8. 1 2 3 "The World Is Her Cloister". March 10, 1993. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  9. "This Sister Could Bring It". March 7, 2004. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
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