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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, August 07, 2007

Philly Summer League: Cinderella vs. Champs

(Guru's Note: We were not on the scene for the following report, but expect to be Wednesday night after returning from some WNBA action in Connecticut).

By Mel Greenberg

PHILADELPHIA _ Form usually has a way of imploding once the playoffs get under way in the Department of Recreation's Women's NCAA Summer League.

That tradition continues this season with the lightly-regarded Team White advancing all the way to the best-of-three championship round.

After having upset second-seeded Ash Grey in the quarterfinals, the seventh-seeded White (4-7) produced another shocker in Monday night's semifinals by eliminating top-seeded and previously unbeaten Columbia, 58-42, which was 11-0 during the regular season.

The action at Torresdale Boys Club at Linden & Jackson Sts. in Northeast Philadelphia, places White into the finals, beginning Wednesday night, against defending champion Team Black (9-2), the third seed, which advanced with a 55-41 win over fifth-seeded Royal (7-4).

Drexel senior Narissa Suber led White with 12 points, incoming Swarthmore freshman Kathryn Stockbower scored 10 points, and incoming Philadelphia U. freshman Taylor Magnus scored eight points. Other than Suber and her twin sister Anora, and incoming St. Joseph's freshman Dominique Bryant, the rest of the Team White roster is composed of player at schools at NCAA Division II and Division III classifications.

Phila. U is the dominate school represented on the roster with Magnus' Ram teammates Nina Brascetta, Kate Brennan, Ashley Webster, Jessica Romano, and Amanda Brennan.

Columbia was paced by Drexel sophomore Nicole McCombs' 15 points and West Chester senior Dana Weems' seven points.

Team Black, in posting a double-digit win, was led by former Temple star Cynthia Jordan's 14 points, La Salle senior Carlene Hightower's 10 points and her Explorers teammate Margaret Elderton's nine points, which was matched by recent Binghamton grad Rachel Laws' nine points.

Former Penn star Diana Caramanico scored 10 points for Royal, while recently-graduated Penn star Joey Roads added nine points, recently-graduated Villanova star Stacie Witman had eight points, and incoming Villanova junior Laura Kurz, a transfer from Duke, scored seven points.

Wednesday's game at Torresdale Boys Club begins at 7:15 p.m. Game 2 is the same time, same place Monday night, and a third, if necessary matchup will occur the same time a week from Wednesday.

-- Mel

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