Athletic Hall of Fame Inducts 2014 Class
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Saint Mary’s College Athletic Department is proud to announce that three individuals and two teams were inducted to the Hall of Fame during the College’s annual Reunion festivities on Friday, May 30. The 2014 Hall of Fame Class was made up of the 1975-76 and 1976-77 basketball teams, Janet Libbing Prendergast ’92, Michelle Limb ’96, and Andrea Arena Wade ’98.
The 1975-76 and 1976-77 basketball teams overcame several obstacles including a lack of facilities to post a combined winning record of 19-7. In two seasons, the two teams defeated Notre Dame three times, captured the division title in the Northern Indiana Women’s Basketball Championship both years, and advanced to the state championships in the early years of women’s intercollegiate athletics.
Libbing, a three-sport athlete in soccer, basketball, and softball, was captain of both basketball and softball teams, named Most Valuable Player for the 1990-1991 basketball and softball seasons, recognized as the Saint Mary’s athlete of the Year in 1991 and then was honored with the Saint Mary’s Director’s Award for Service, Leadership, Excellence in 1992 - the two highest awards given within the Athletic Department at that time.
Limb had more than a handful of softball school records to her name at the time of her graduation. Her career on-base percentage of .499, 134 total games played, 159 career hits, and 64 career stolen bases were the highest marks in Saint Mary’s softball history. She also had staked the claim to single season school records with 21 stolen bases as a junior and a .542 batting average in her first year.
Arena became the softball program’s first All-MIAA First Team honoree in the school’s first year of membership in the conference. She cemented her place in the record books with 192 career hits, 68 stolen bases, and the three highest single-season hit totals in program history. She also surpassed former teammate Michelle Limb’s school record mark of 149 career games played.
The Saint Mary's College Athletic Hall of Fame was instituted in 1993 by Athletic Director JoAnn Nester. With the 2014 induction class, 32 individuals and four teams comprise the Hall of Fame.