Womhoops Guru

Mel Greenberg covered college and professional women’s basketball for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he worked for 40 plus years. Greenberg pioneered national coverage of the game, including the original Top 25 women's college poll. His knowledge has earned him nicknames such as "The Guru" and "The Godfather," as well as induction into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Your Two Cents Worth

By Mel Greenberg

PHILADELPHIA -- Wow, two blogs in one night.

This one is probably more specific to Philadelphia-area women's fans, but if you have knowledge from afar of Women's Big Five history, feel free to join in.

The Big Five schools -- La Salle, St. Joseph's, Temple, Villanova, and Penn -- commissioned yours truly to compile a list of the all-time Top 25 women's player in the Big Five to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the women's competition.

In the end, the picks will be mine, but I invite your input either to this site, if you can figure it out how, or to my email at mgreenberg@phillynews.com.

I asked each school to submit candidates to save me time on research but there are others, some of which are in the Big Five Hall of Fame, who were not offered. So feel free to either campaign for persons here or write-in other names (which I may have to do).

This exercise was created as an equivalent of one done several months ago by the Daily News' Kevin Mulligan to anticipate the men's 50th anniversary of competition.

We start with the 1979-80 season and go from there. BPOY next to a name means that person was a Big Five player of the year.

That said, here's who each school submitted, although I have had to take some editing-slicing liberties with my own alma mater at Temple. There is no ranking order to each school.

La Salle

Chrissie (Donahue) Doogan -- BPOY
Jenn Cole -- BPOY
Kathy Bess
Jill Crandley
Linda Hester
Tracy Sneed
Maureen Kramer


Diana Caramanico -- 3 BPOY
Jewel Clark -- BPoy
Kirsten Brendel -- BPOY
Cheryl Rath
Karatina Paulson
Auretha Fleming
Natasha Rezek


Lisa (Ortlip) Cornish -- 2 BPOY
Lisa Angelotti
Trish Juhline -- BPOY
Nancy Bernhardt
Kathie Biesel
Denise Dillon
Helen (Koskinen) Perretta
Shelly Pennefather -- 3 BPOY
Lynn Tighe (my addition)
Sue Glenning (my addition) -- BPOY
Stephanie (Vanderslice) Gaitley (my addition)


Marilyn Stephens-Franklin -- 2 BPOY
Candice Dupree -- 1 BPOY
Lynn Blaszyzcyk
Stacey Smalls
Cynthia Jordan
Pam Balogh

St. Joseph's (which dominates Big Five titles)

Dale Hodges -- 2 BPOY
Debbie Black -- BPOY
Susan Moran -- BPOY
Katie (Curry) Gardler
Kim Foley
Teresa Carmichael
Megan Compain -- BPOY
Maureen Costello -- BPOY
Trish Brown
Amy Facer
Angela Zampella
Renie (Dunne) Sheilds -- BPOY
Jana Lichnerova
Robyne Bostick -- BPOY
Amy Mallon -- BPOY
Terri Mohr
Ellen Shields
Stef Graff

Drexel is not eligible, obviously, nor Penn State or Rutgers or Delaware for this excerise but when storytime comes, we'll make some denotation to those programs.

-- Mel


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