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.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

WNBA Playoffs: Monarchs Champions At Last!

By Mel Greenberg

The long wait is over for both the newly-crowned WNBA champion Sacramento Monarchs and a slew of players on its roster after the 62-59 triumph over the Connecticut Sun Tuesday night at the Arco Arena deprived the visitors a chance to extend the series to a deciding fifth game back East.

For the third straight season, the WNBA winner is a franchise that had once been speculated headed for distinction.

In 2003, it was the Detroit Shock pulling the worst-to-first turnaround, followed by the Seattle Storm exciting the Emerald City a year ago.

The Monarchs, one of the surviving six charter franchises of the WNBA’s orginal eight from the summer of 1997, prevailed as the Maloof family, also owners of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, stayed the course.

The triumph comes just a season too late for former Olympic gold medallist Ruthie Bolton-Hollifield, a member of the first Monarchs squad who retired in the offseason.

“Timing’s everything,” the former Auburn star quipped last week when the best-of-five series began in Connecticut.

Let’s go down the list of Monarchs who reversed unhappy endings, beginning with finals MVP Yolanda Griffith.

Although she has two Olympic gold medals to her credit, this was only the second time “Yo” had a chance to appear in a professional league championship series in the United States.

The other time was in 1998 as a member of the then-expansion Long Beach StingRays which captured the first two games of a best-of-five series against the Columbus Quest in the former American Basketball League and then lost the next three when the games moved to Ohio.

Five months ago, rookie point guard Kristin Haynie helped lead Michigan State on a Cinderella ride to the Women’s Final Four and a stunning comeback against Tennessee in the semifinals, only to lose in the championship game against Baylor.

Third-year pro Kara Lawson suffered four straight NCAA disappointments with Tennessee from 1999-2000 through 2003, but was one of the key members of the youthful side of the Monarchs roster.

Nicole Powell’s sensational career at Stanford ended with a missed three-pointer against Tennessee that cost the Cardinal a trip to the Women’s Final Four in 2004. Then she languished on the bench as a rookie with the Charlotte Sting a year ago before an offseason trade brought her to Sacramento, where her three-point shooting helped make the Monarchs best in the West and life easier in the playoff run.

Veteran point guard Ticha Penicheiro helped lead Old Dominion to an upset of NCAA tournament-favorite Stanford in the national semifinals, but the Monarchs failed in the championship game against Tennessee in 1997.

DeMya Walker’s odyssey as a pro was recounted in a blog report about the former Virginia star in the playoffs earlier in the tournament .

WNBA all-rookie Chelsea Newton never made it to the NCAA tournament her first season at Rutgers and failed at three attempts thereafter with the Scarlet Knights to get to the Women’s Final Four, including last March when the squad lost to Tennessee in Philadelphia at the Elite Eight level of the tournament.

Second-year pro Rebekkah Brunson, a former Georgetown star, never made it to the NCAA tournament at all with the Hoyas.

When the championship series began in Uncasville in the East, it was mentioned to Brunson, who was standing near Newton, that some things never change. Here’s a couple of Big East Conference women trying to beat a team in Connecticut.

“Oh, this is different,” Brunson quipped. “I never got to beat a team in Connecticut, before.”

The Monarchs did this time, however, and now they’re all champions.

Chicago: Reach for the Sky.

The nickname and logo of the new Chicago team was unveiled in the Windy City, Tuesday, and it will be known as the Sky.

Here’s an idea for next summer. Play the first preseason game in an outdoor setting in one of the parks.

The nickname is cool, but we can see those headlines now, including the one we put above this item.

The first losing streak will prompt: “The Sky is Falling!”

If the post players are tall and effective, will we call them Skyscrapers on the backboards??

Finally, do we now refer to owner and successful real estate entrepreneur Michael Alter as Sky King???

-- Mel


Blogger jon said...

After we paid for our kids summer camp new york we found it tough to recover! I totally agree with you!

7:38 PM  
Blogger Rich Molumby said...

I have an Entr site/blog. It pretty much covers making large amounts of money on the web.

Come and check it out if you get time :-)

3:17 AM  
Blogger Rich Molumby said...

I have an E-Cash Machine site/blog. It pretty much covers Making money on the web.

Come and check it out if you get time :-)

9:50 AM  
Blogger gastips said...

Nice Blog! Its great how useful the internet can be with its wealth of information. I will try and visit you blog on a regular basis to help you out.

If you want any Gas Saving Tips feel free to visit gas katrina price

See ya soon.. :)

6:15 AM  
Blogger tom naka said...

Your blog is excellent - keep it up! Don't miss visiting this site about mcdonalds restaurant. It pretty much covers mcdonalds restaurant related stuff.

8:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, take a look at this site: outdoor path lighting.
This is a manufacturer of the ultimate outdoor lighting system !
outdoor path lighting

1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, here's a site worth visiting: residential outdoor lighting
It's about residential outdoor lighting and architectural landscape luminaires.

1:15 PM  
Blogger Danny White said...

Hey, you have a great blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you!

I have a best targeted traffic site/blog. It pretty much covers best targeted traffic related stuff.

Come and check it out if you get time:-)

11:51 AM  
Blogger Danny White said...

Hey, you have a great blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you!

I have a category site targeted traffic web site/blog. It pretty much covers category site targeted traffic web related stuff.

Come and check it out if you get time:-)

11:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a good post. I have a site about costa rica real estate please look at it if you can.

12:18 PM  
Blogger Tonythebest said...

casino morongo To play free of charge casino morongo Free software. casino morongo

8:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why most of 60 minuets inestigation university of phoenix
sites are scams? Everyone wants an good degree, but does online education really worth? Come to this website to
see detailed discussion on 60 minuets inestigation university of phoenix

9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great blog. I have found another informative site with information on real estate school in colorado at real estate school in colorado

10:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great blog, I also have a casino related site, If you want or need more exposure get casino traffic by the thousands at **casino traffic** Works for me!

11:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great blog, I also have a casino related site, If you want or need more exposure get casino traffic by the thousands at **casino traffic** Works for me!

12:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, you have a great blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you!

I have a georgia teesholden t-shirt site called Holden Tees. We're a small company and we sell shirts and stuff.

Come and check it out if you get time

-Holden Tees

1:29 PM  
Blogger Iravan said...

I would argue that Exit Traffic is actually one of the best forms of traffic generation. I am going to book mark this blog, nice topics discussed

By the way... I have a local traffic site. It pretty much covers Traffic related stuff.

Come and check it out if you get time :-)

5:55 AM  
Blogger Targeted Traffic Hits said...

web site traffic enhancement A fantasic way to get people to your website fast. Not only will you get a massive amount of real visitors to your websiite, we can target visitors so you only receive people who are interested in what your selling or what your writing about. Imagion for a second you have a blog subject related to Rugby we can send you people who would join your blog and talk about that same subject. Targeted Traffic can also increase your sales to your website as we can send you real people who are active and looking for your products. So if you are selling anything or you have services, come have a read at how we can Increase sales We have lots more information on our website so come check us out. web site traffic enhancement. Get your own Article Directory for your Blog or website (reprint rights available)
Also Stay tuned to this Site (you may want to keep this link) 2011 NZ WORLD CUP And dont forget to check out the World Cup 2011 Blog

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Gold Coast School Of Real Estate said...

I was blogging around when I came across your site and just wanted to say how great it looks and congratulations on a job well done.

Gold Coast School Of Real Estate

1:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some blogs are just too powerful.
Found this site while searching for
for hight traffic.
hight traffic

5:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unbelievable! Thanks.
Was searching for turbo traffic.
turbo traffic

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mamuśki wspaniałe i gorące! Wejdź dalej
i oglądaj dojrzałe mamuski nago
mamuśki! Są niesamowite i zawsze
darmowe mamuski
napalone! Mamuśki to extra wrażenia! Prezentujemy
dojrzałe mamuski i
napalone mamuski
darmowe próbki tego co zobaczysz w środku! Chcą ssać,lizać i pieścić
mamuski nago
stojące pały! Ahh..te dojrzałe lale
starsze mamuski

6:37 AM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

ninest123 08.18
chanel handbags, gucci handbags, longchamp outlet, true religion outlet, nike air max, replica watches, oakley sunglasses, louboutin uk, prada outlet, coach outlet, burberry factory outlet, true religion outlet, nike free, ralph lauren outlet, nike outlet, ralph lauren polo, ray ban sunglasses, michael kors, tory burch outlet, michael kors outlet, michael kors handbags, michael kors outlet online, michael kors outlet store, longchamp outlet, true religion outlet, michael kors outlet online, louboutin shoes, cheap jordans, tiffany jewelry, kate spade, kate spade outlet, coach outlet store online, oakley sunglasses, longchamp bags, burberry outlet, coach outlet, coach purses, prada handbags, ray ban sunglasses, christian louboutin, tiffany jewelry, oakley sunglasses, christian louboutin, nike air max

8:47 PM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

nike roshe run pas cher, nike trainers uk, new balance, nike blazer pas cher, nike air max uk, hollister uk, sac guess pas cher, ray ban uk, michael kors, nike air max, timberland pas cher, mulberry uk, lunette oakley pas cher, longchamp soldes, lululemon outlet, nike roshe uk, hogan sito ufficiale, hermes pas cher, louboutin pas cher, nike air max pas cher, converse, longchamp pas cher, abercrombie and fitch, north face pas cher, michael kors outlet online, polo lacoste pas cher, nike free pas cher, nike air max uk, lunette ray ban pas cher, north face uk, nike air huarache, nike air force, vanessa bruno pas cher, ralph lauren pas cher, polo ralph lauren uk, jordan pas cher, vans pas cher, burberry pas cher, abercrombie and fitch UK, longchamp uk, nike free, nike tn pas cher, michael kors uk

8:48 PM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

vans scarpe, hollister clothing, celine handbags, timberland boots, soccer jerseys, instyler ionic styler, p90x workout, converse, mac cosmetics, north face outlet, beats by dre, louboutin, herve leger, iphone cases, oakley, new balance shoes, babyliss pro, mcm handbags, chi flat iron, lululemon outlet, ghd hair, giuseppe zanotti, salvatore ferragamo, nike air max, polo ralph lauren, nike roshe run, nfl jerseys, soccer shoes, abercrombie, softball bats, hollister, nike air max, hermes handbags, jimmy choo outlet, insanity workout, valentino shoes, abercrombie and fitch, north face outlet, reebok outlet, wedding dresses, vans outlet, bottega veneta, mont blanc, asics running shoes

8:49 PM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

uggs outlet, juicy couture outlet, swarovski uk, uggs on sale, uggs outlet, pandora uk, ray ban, sac louis vuitton, uggs on sale, louis vuitton, louis vuitton uk, marc jacobs, supra shoes, replica watches, ugg uk, hollister, sac louis vuitton, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, lancel, pandora jewelry, montre pas cher, links of london uk, karen millen uk, louis vuitton, pandora charms, louis vuitton outlet, uggs on sale, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, doke & gabbana, converse shoes outlet, bottes ugg pas cher, coach outlet, swarovski jewelry, louis vuitton outlet online, louis vuitton, thomas sabo uk, ugg pas cher, wedding dresses uk, toms shoes, louis vuitton outlet, gucci, juicy couture outlet, louis vuitton handbags
ninest123 08.18

8:50 PM  
Blogger mmjiaxin said...

michael kors uk
hollister clothing
karen millen uk
tiffany and co
ugg outlet uk
ralph lauren outlet
coach handbags outlet
chicago blackhawks
cheap uggs
nike free uk
instyler ionic styler
true religion jeans
denver broncos
miami dolphins
coach outlet store
ugg outlet
chanel outlet store
replica handbags,replica handbags outlet,cheap handbags,purses and handbags,wholesale replica handbags,replica bags,bags outlet,replica handbags wholesale,cheap purses,discount handbags,handbags sale,wholesale purses,handbags and purses,replica purses
cheap jordan shoes
tiffany outlet

11:04 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home