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.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Rutgers Reacts to Its Seed

By Mel Greenberg

Greetings.

Some of what follows will be seen in other coverage of Rutgers, but our colleague Kate Burkholder, the women's beat writer and associate sports editor of the Daily Targum in Piscataway, N.J., who will be helping us (that's an editorial us) through Boston, provided some reaction over Rutgers' draw last night's from the Scarlet Knights selection party.

Rutgers gets the thrill of a 20-mile trip to Trenton and the agony of a bracket that has Tennessee and North Carolina in the Cleveland regional.

But, hey, coach C. Vivian Stringer has it right. You have to play these teams sometime to win a national title and every other route also has a major roadblock.

Stringer reacted to the ESPN announcement, saying, “This is a great bracket, and if you wanna see a championship, that’s where you’re gonna see it.

"I’ve said a thousand times if you wanna be the best you gotta play the best.”

Stringer went on to comment: “If you look at the level of players, Ivory Latta (North Carolina), Candace Parker (Tennessee), and our own Cappie Pondexter, the committee obviously wants to put the best teams and best players in the same bracket.”

She added, Iit’s better to deal with them now, that’s really the way I feel about it. I know how Pat [Summitt] is, she’s really competitive and that’s how I am, so it’s like ‘Bring ‘em on.’ I don’t really care, so if the team takes that attitude, I don’t care who we play and when we play.”

“It’s nice for ours fans to be [in Trenton] and I think they can also get to Ohio (Cleveland). I think it’s better than what have done before, when we were put out on the West Coast.”

In 2000, Rutgers was sent to Oregon, as was yours truly, on the way to the Women's Final Four right here in Philadelphia.

Continuing with Kate's report, quoting Stringer, "If you get knocked off before you get there, you deserved to get knocked off. You get it done and don’t look for excuses. Nothing is really fair, and we’re not looking for breaks.”

A matchup with Tennessee would bring a meeting similar to the Philadelphia regional final at Temple last season.

“Well, It’s true, Pat and I, no matter where I am, whether it’s Iowa, whether it’s Cheyney, or whether I’m here, we always manage to play each other, so we just plan to have tea and coffee.”

The two coaches have had a series of matchups of their teams throughout NCAA history.

Freshman Kia Vaughn talked about opening against Dartmouth on in Trenton: “It’s mostly good for the fans, really. I don’t think it really matters where we play as long as we play our best.

“I am happy that we are in Trenton though, so my mom can come see me.”

Point guard Courtney Locke discussed the draw.

"I totally agree with coach. You wanna play the best and prove that you’re the best, and Trenton is a great site. We’ll have a lot of fan base and get the crowd behind us.”

Pondexter was not too annoyed by the seed, much of which was Rutgers' doing by losing to West Virginia in the Big East semifinals.

“It doesn’t matter, we’re just glad we have the opportunity to be in the field of 64," she said.
"We’re definitely in a great situation coming off a loss just to prove to ourselves what we are capable of doing. We’ll be close to home, so we can’t complain about that. It’s also my last go-around so there’s a lot of emotions going around, but like I said I’m excited and glad we have the opportunity to be there.”

I'll be back later in the afternoon with more commentary on the bracket, Temple here, and other items. The Temple coverage can be found in the print edition posted at Philly.com.

Later this week, we might do our first podcast from here, featuring Temple coach Dawn Staley and senior Candice Dupree.

-- Mel

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey everyone, very nice! I just found a place where
you can get a FREE Game System! I got mine and sold it.
Just put in your zip code to see if you can get one in your
area. Very cool!

http://www.degree-programs-online.info/freestuff.html

4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice! I found a place where you can
make some nice extra cash secret shopping. Just go to the site below
and put in your zip to see what's available in your area.
I made over $900 last month having fun!



make extra money

11:41 AM  
Anonymous black mold test kit said...

Warning...Warning.. Safety Tip of the WEEK...If you are having problems with colds and sickness in your home and you live in a moist wet ares of the country. Then you might want a black mold test kit .. If you see black dust looking stuff on your walls or around your bathtub,shower or sink then you probaly have a mold problem and need to get a black mold test kit . Dont panic and think you need to get a black mold test kit right away. You can use bleach to clean it up with some paper tools and then dispose of the towels a trash bag. If you need some more info visit http://moldinfo4u.com .. I hope you have a safe and sickness free home...

1:42 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

8:54 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

8:55 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

8:56 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

8:57 PM  
Blogger mmjiaxin said...

winter jackets
nike free 5
north face jackets
oklahoma city thunder
black friday deals
michael kors canada
oakley,occhiali oakley,oakley italia,oakley occhiali,oakley sunglasses
michael kors outlet online
wellensteyn outlet
new york jets
mizuno running shoes
michael kors factory store
adidas wings shoes
prada sneakers
arizona cardinals
nfl jersey wholesale
michael kors handbags clearance
pittsburgh steelers
christian louboutin outlet
rolex watches,rolex watches,swiss watches,watches for men,watches for women,omega watches,replica watches,rolex watches for sale,rolex replica,rolex watch,cartier watches,rolex submariner,fake rolex,rolex replica watches,replica rolex
mm1125

11:06 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home