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.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Rutgers Lineup Shuffle Yields Third Straight Win

By Mel Greenberg

PISCATAWAY, N.J. _
Rutgers didn’t have Essence Carson for Saturday night’s nonconference matchup for Iowa at the Louis A. Brown Athletic Center.

The Scarlet Knights’ junior guard had suffered a mild concussion and abdominal injury during Tuesday night’s suspenseful triple overtime victory here against Mississippi.

Coach C. Vivian Stringer didn’t have junior guard Matee Ajavon anywhere near full recovery yet from a stress fracture, although she is on the floor ahead of schedule.

And freshman Dee Dee Jernigan continues to miss action due to a stress fracture.

But the Scarlet Knights did have several things to give Stringer some delight heading into the holiday break after a solid 70-53 over the Hawkeyes.

Although having to go with a fourth different starting lineup since the season got under way, this one led to a third-straight victory in a game in which Rutgers (5-4) did not wilt from a 20-point lead midway through the second half.

That’s what happened Tuesday until the freshmen and sophomore center Kia Vaughn hung tough in the extended game to save the Scarlet Knights.

“Right now it’s a case of whatever we can steal,” Stringer said of having to navigate one of the nation’s top out-of-league schedules until heading into the heart of competition in the rugged Big East Conference.

The victory made it two straight for Stringer over the Hawkeyes she brought to national prominence in the mid-1980s. She took the Rutgers job here in the summer of 1995.

Freshman Epiphanny Prince led the Rutgers scoring parade Saturday night with 18 points against the Hawkeyes (7-4). Brittany Ray, the freshman Bronx bomber, fired away again with a 4-for-5 effort on three-point attempts and 14 points overall. Prince also had six of the Scarlet Knights’ 13 steals.

Vaughn, who helped Rutgers’ 32-10 domination on the inside, finished with 16 points.

“They’re learning, that’s what you want,” Stringer said of her group, which has won three straight “It has to be encouraging for the upper classmen as the injuries heal and we get ready to get into the Big East.

“The freshmen are getting some valuable time and it’s very clearly there is no bench, it’s just how we want to play it,” Stringer said of Rutgers’ strategical approach. ”Do we want to start with two posts or start with players with given skills to match the talent we’re playing against.

“What was most important today is we really made a focused, concentrated effort to play defense,” Stringer added. “We really did and we’ll get better.”

The Rutgers coach built her Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame reputation on defense, a quality that had been missing during the Scarlet Knights’ early struggles.

Iowa is also dealing with injuries.

“We both are struggling with huge injury problems,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “And I’m not feeling sorry for any seniors, either. My only senior (Johanna Solverson) is out with an ACL injury.”

Megan Skouby scored 19 points for the Hawkeyes and Wendy Ausdemore added 15 points.

Rutgers jumped to a 24-6 lead in the first half and finished the first 20 minutes ahead, 35-22.

The advantage grew to its widest margin at 63-40 with 4 minutes, 28 seconds left in the game.

Prince, who scored 113 points in a high school game last season in New York to set a national record, is the only Rutgers players this season to score in double digits in all nine games.

Rutgers is off until Dec. 30 when the Scarlet Knights will travel to Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va. The game will be a homecoming of sorts for assistant coach Marianne Stanley who led the Monarchs to three national championships in her first job as a head coach in a Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame career.

-- Mel


7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey has anyone been to this site before beaver site. it seems very much about beaver .

Cum and check it out if you get time ;-)

9:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW! Have you seen this site about porn . It has great porn pictures.

2:55 AM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

ninest123 09.03
louboutin shoes, michael kors outlet online, louis vuitton outlet, tiffany jewelry, christian louboutin, nike air max, oakley sunglasses, christian louboutin, ralph lauren polo, michael kors outlet store, nike free, louis vuitton outlet, longchamp outlet, oakley sunglasses, tory burch outlet, burberry factory outlet, longchamp bags, uggs on sale, louis vuitton outlet online, replica watches, uggs on sale, uggs on sale, michael kors outlet, louboutin uk, uggs outlet, prada outlet, oakley sunglasses, replica watches, ralph lauren outlet, ray ban sunglasses, cheap jordans, uggs outlet, prada handbags, michael kors, gucci handbags, tiffany jewelry, louis vuitton, ray ban sunglasses, longchamp outlet, nike outlet, michael kors handbags, louis vuitton handbags, burberry outlet, nike air max, michael kors outlet online

3:56 AM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

coach outlet, sac guess pas cher, coach purses, kate spade outlet, louboutin pas cher, true religion outlet, longchamp pas cher, true religion outlet, chanel handbags, true religion outlet, nike air max, hermes pas cher, true religion jeans, converse, lunette oakley pas cher, ralph lauren pas cher, hogan sito ufficiale, nike blazer pas cher, vans pas cher, north face pas cher, nike air max pas cher, vanessa bruno pas cher, timberland pas cher, mulberry uk, longchamp soldes, michael kors, new balance, kate spade, nike tn pas cher, abercrombie and fitch, coach outlet store online, nike roshe run pas cher, michael kors outlet online, burberry pas cher, michael kors uk, lululemon outlet, nike free pas cher, coach outlet, lunette ray ban pas cher, jordan pas cher, hollister uk, north face uk, ray ban uk, polo lacoste pas cher, nike air force

3:57 AM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

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

3:59 AM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

hollister, swarovski uk, michael kors outlet, thomas sabo uk, oakley, nike air max, replica watches, supra shoes, ray ban, doke & gabbana, marc jacobs, converse shoes outlet, timberland boots, montre pas cher, wedding dresses uk, pandora uk, swarovski jewelry, sac louis vuitton, pandora jewelry, louis vuitton, pandora charms, louis vuitton, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, polo ralph lauren, links of london uk, louis vuitton uk, karen millen uk, bottes ugg pas cher, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, michael kors outlet online, lancel, converse, michael kors handbags, juicy couture outlet, gucci, sac louis vuitton, hollister, ugg uk, juicy couture outlet, toms shoes, ugg pas cher, coach outlet, louboutin, vans scarpe
ninest123 09.03

4:03 AM  
Blogger mmjiaxin said...

tiffany & co
replica christian louboutin
Cheap Jerseys Online
tiffany online
http://www.tiffanyand.co.uk
http://www.chromeheartsonline.us.com
air jordan shoes
cheap retro jordans
http://www.michaeljordanshoes.us.com
tiffany and co jewellery
michael kors outlet
christian louboutin outlet
http://www.tiffanyandcojewellery.us.com
christian louboutin outlet
cheap watches,cheap rolex watches,rolex watches for men,buy rolex online
michael kors handbags
kobe shoes for sale online
mlb jerseys authentic
tiffany and co
toms outlet store
gg

9:39 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home