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A winning sister.

The Xavier University men's basketball team owes its success to a nun--its academic success that is. As the academic advisor since 1985, Sister Rose Ann Fleming, S.N.D. de N. has helped all 77 basketball players who have played as seniors at Xavier to graduate, according to The New York Times.

Fleming has lived on campus since 1983, even living across the hall from NBA forward David West. If students are focused enough to become Division I athletes, she believes, they can also learn. She hounds students to make sure they are doing well academically, including during practices.

The 77-year-old, 5-foot-4 sister may be no physical match for her advisees, but she was named the team's most valuable player in 1991 and was inducted into Xavier's athletic hall of fame in 2000.

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Fleming played basketball in high school and college, but today she exercises on an elliptical trainer, lifts weights, and swims. "If I wanted to shoot today, I'd have to spend a lot more time in the weight room strengthening my arms and chest," she told The Times.

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Title Annotation:catholic tastes; Sister Rose Ann Fleming, S.N.D. de N., Xavier University men's basketball team's academic advisor
Author:Sweas, Megan
Publication:U.S. Catholic
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 1, 2010
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