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, August 24, 2010

Guru Musings: WNBA Playoffs A Conn. Job

(Guru's note -- it was late nite when the Guru attempted the math drill in the first item so any of you college PR types reading this and has an issue with the count, the Guru will accept corrections.)

By Mel Greenberg

The Connecticut Sun may have missed the WNBA playoffs for the second straight seasons but there will be a lot of UConn strewn across the various eight teams when the quest for the 2010 championship enters its final stages.

While killing some time waiting for Tuesday's teleconference interviews -- the Guru will be live in Washington and New York on Wednesday and Thursday nights -- the Guru decided to count roster affilations to see which schools fared the best in terms of aluma taking the floor for the conference semifinals.

The upper part of the count nearly reflects the pecking order in recent seasons in terms of showings in the weekly Associated Press poll and NCAA championships.

Connecticut edged out Tennessee 7-6 in terms of players though most of the Huskies are on teams in the West such as the trio of Sue Bird, Svetlana Abrosimova and Swin Cash on the Seattle Storm while Diana Taurasi and Ketia Swanier are on Phoenix.

Two former Tennessee players, however, are listed on rosters but are sidelined with injuries such as Los Angeles' Candace Parker and San Antonio's Chamique Holdsclaw.

Rutgers has five in the mix as does Duke, though Alana Beard has been sidelined all season in Washington following ankle surgery.

Maryland has a threesome and so does Stanford, while Georgia has four including the twin sister act of Kelly and Coco Miller with the Atlanta Dream.

Penn State, LSU, Auburn, UCLA, Florida State, Ohio State and Southern Cal each have two.

The Next Superstar?

Reports have Elizabeth Williams, considered the top prospect in the nation, hailing out of the Tidewater area in Virginia, making a visit to Knoxville and Tennessee.

The folks running the Lady Swish website that covers all schools in the Virginia area had posted that Williams would like to stay close to home.

That being the case, her desire would give credence to some Guru moles on the Penn State and Rutgers campuses reporting recent sightings of Williams who was making unofficial visits to determine which schools will land on her official list.

The MVP Vote

Since some Guru colleagues who vote in WNBA postseason balloting for awards have posted their selections on their websites and blogs, here are some pieces of the Guru's ballot without elaboration at this time.

MVP -- 1. Cappie Pondexter, NYL; 2, Tamika Catchings, Ind; 3. Lauren Jackson, Seattle; 4. Crystal Langhorne, Wash.; 5. Diana Taurasi, Phoenix.

All-WNBA First Team -- The group above except go with Sue Bird and move Taurasi to the second team.

Most Improved -- Leilani Mitchell, New York Liberty

That's all for now. -- The league managed to stretch the New York-Indiana Series to two off days between games so the Guru may have to kill some more time in a few days.

-- Mel

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