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.

Friday, April 30, 2010

CAA's Delle Donne and Evans Still Making News

By Mel Greenberg

The Guru's day on Thursday was highlighted by lunch with two former editor/bosses at The Inquirer -- John V.R. Bull, who oversee the Guru's work as a newsroom liason to the Knight-Ridder-Tribune News Wire, now known as the McClathey Survice, and Bob Greenberg -- no relation -- who worked with the Guru in the features/entertainment section.

Friday's meal of the day is tentatively schedule with men's hoops Guru Dick Weiss, aka Dickie Hoops, of the New York Daily News who was a classmate back in the day at Temple.

As for some news of the day out of two Colonial Athletic Association schools -- freshman Elena Delle Donne highlighted Delaware's postseason banquet while Evans will receive a special honor Friday on campus at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.

Here's the top of the release from Delaware

NEWARK, Del. – Freshman Elena Delle Donne was awarded the Blue Hen Basketball Club Outstanding Achievement and the Team Most Valuable Player Awards at the annual University of Delaware Women’s Basketball Banquet held Thursday night at the Executive Banquet & Conference Center in Newark.

Additionally, Blue Hen sophomore Kayla Miller received the Joyce Perry Coaches’ Award, while freshmen Jaquetta May and Danielle Parker shared Most Improved Player accolades.

Delle Donne averaged 26.7 points per game, good for third most in the nation, and 8.8 boards, while collecting 12 double-doubles on the season to lead the Blue Hens as UD finished the year at 21-12 overall.

Delaware received a berth to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament and hosted a first round game, but fell to the visiting Richmond Spiders, 67-49, on March 18 to end the Hens’ season.

Delle Donne finished the season with a record-setting 774 points and broke 13 Delaware records, while setting a new single-season scoring record in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Her season was highlighted by a 54-point performance at James Madison on Feb. 18 when the rookie shot 18-for-28 from the floor and an astounding 7-for-8 from beyond the arc.

Receiving a slew of post-season awards, Delle Donne was Delaware’s first All-American in program history as she was named to the Associated Press Third Team and was a WBCA State Farm Honorable Mention All-American.

Evans Becomes an Abassador at James Madison

The Guru first learned of this event several days ago from the Philadelphia-based organization doing the presentation but had been tied up in ongoing transitional matters related to his departure from The Inquirer.

Since James Masdison has already posted the news in advance, here is a copy of that report off the athletic department web site.

HARRISONBURG, Va., April 28, 2010 -- A news conference is scheduled for Friday, April 30 at JMU to announce that women's basketball player Dawn Evans (Clarksville, Tenn./Northeast) is joining Alonzo Mourning, Herschel Walker and Jesse Jackson, Jr., as an ambassador for The NephCure Foundation.

As an ambassador, the Dukes' junior guard will help to raise awareness of the non-profit organization's work combating the kidney diseases FSGS (Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis) and Nephrotic Syndrome (NS).

The Philadelphia-based NephCure Foundation funds research into the disease, for which there is no cure.

Evans, who was diagnosed with FSGS in December, averaged a school-record 24.6 points and ranked fifth in NCAA Division I in scoring in 2009-10.

She earned Associated Press All-America honorable mention and was voted the Most Outstanding Player of the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament.

Evans helped lead the Dukes to a 26-7 record, the CAA championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

She recently was named the recipient of the CAA's John H. Randolph Inspiration Award, which recognizes individuals who "through strength of character and human spirit serve as an inspiration to all to maximize their potential and ability for success.

"The NephCure Foundation (http://www.nephcure.org/?DB_OEM_ID=14400) serves as a resource for families dealing with kidney diseases and funds research seeking treatment and a cure.

In just the past three years, NephCure has dedicated more than $6 million towards research and works with the National Institutes of Health on newly-funded clinical studies.

FSGS is the second-leading cause of kidney failure in children and is eight-times more prevalent in the African-American community.

That's it for this report. The Guru plans to be in casino-land perhaps as early as Monday for Tuesday morning's WNBA exhibition between the host Connecticut Sun and Atlanta Dream.

-- Mel

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