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, August 13, 2010

Guru Report: UConn's Doty Suffers Another Knee Injury

(Guru's note: The WNBA roundup in a separate post is below this one).

By Mel Greenberg

Former Germantown Academy star Caroline Doty, one of the mainstays for two-time defending NCAA champion Connecticut, suffered another knee injury, and will be sidelined for the season.

It's the third ACL for Doty, who turns 21 Sunday, following one in her senior year in high school and another early in her freshman season, when the Huskies made the first of two unbeaten back-to-back runs to the NCAA title.

With Tina Charles and Kalana Greene graduated, Doty, along with Tiffany Hayes and senior sensation Maya Moore, are considered the mainstays as UConn tries to extend its 78-game win streak and match the NCAA-record 88-game run by the UCLA men's team.

Doty's injury recalls a similar struggle by UConn assistant coach Shea Ralph, who had five ACLs including several playing for the Huskies. Both are prolific three-point shooters.

The Hartford Courant reported that the injury occurred late last month while Doty was working at a basketball camp.

Ironically, if life ran a different course, this was going to be a big season to step out for Doty and her good friend and Fencor AAU teammate Elena Delle Donne, who both committed to UConn for the 2008-09 season.

Upon arriving at campus for summer school in June 2008, Delle Donne, who was to be Doty's roomate, left less than 48 hours later and by the end of the summer declared she was giving back her scholarship because of burnout.

The former star of Ursuline Academy in Wilmington, then enrolled at Delaware to play volleyball, which she took up her senior year in high school.

But as that ensuing winter came, Delle Donne identified that her real problem was homesickness and then announced she would join the Blue Hens basketball team, where last season as a freshman she went on to win both rookie and most valuable player awards from the Colonial Athletic Association.

Doty's first injury as a member of UConn occurred in early January 2009 against Syracuse at the start of the Big East schedule after she had already set marks in three-point shooting at the school for a freshman.

Despite the two substractions from the roster, UConn blitzed its way to its first unbeaten title on the play of Moore, Charles, who became the overall No. 1 pick of the WNBA Connecticut Sun in April, and point guard Renee Montgomery, who was drafted in the frist round in 2009 by the Minnesota Lynx and then dealt to the Sun last winter in a deal involving the Sun's first-round pick.

Delle Donne's UConn departure had little impact off of what would have been her first two seasons in Storrs, but many observers of the program felt this was the season that she and Doty would have mattered more as the Huskies take more shots at history.

Summer League Social Night

The Guru Thursday night attended the annual get-together hosted at a suburban restaurant by commissioner David Kessler following the end of the Philadelphia Department of Recreation Women's Summer League season, sanctioned by the NCAA.

Several referees who worked the games were in attendance.

Lime, which featured St. Joseph's junior Katie Kuester, the leading scorer this summer, and former St. Bonaventure and Pennsbury High star Dana Mitchell.

Kuester is the daughter of NBA Detroit Pistons coach John Kuester, a former 76ers assistant.

The Guru would like to add that his longtime friend Dianne Nolan, the new coach of Lafayette who coached at Fairfield for a long time, sent a note to say that Sarah McGorry, who scored 17 points for Lime in the deciding game over Columbia Blue Tuesday night in Hatboro, Pa., is a member of the Leopards.

The Guru was in Washington Tuesday night for the Mystics-Sun game and did not have a roster identifying all school affiliations with he received notice of the outcome of the best-of-three series won in a 2-0 sweep.

Columbia Blue consisted entirely of Division II Holy Family current and former players who made their first finals in summer league play.

On The Move

Along with the Guru's own move ending employment at The Philadelphia Inquirer after 40 plus years, many of his media contacts have been making career changes.

The latest is Casey Sherman, who left the WNBA New York Liberty on Wednesday after a four-year stay.

Ironically, a conversation in the media room at the last Liberty home game in Madison Square Garden noted that if Casey returned next season she would become the longest tenured PR person with New York, which launched as one of the WNBA original eight charter teams in 1997.

Others who have made moves are AnneMarie Person, a former UConn women's media contact, who left the Atlantic 10 outright in May, though her duties changed when she remained north after the league moved its office from Philadelphia to Newport News, Va., a year ago.

Karen Tucker recently left as the media contact Women's Basketball Hall of Fame for another job in Knoxville, Tenn. -- she once was the New Haven Register beat writer covering the Connecticut Sun and UConn women.

Karen Kase, who had been the No. 2 media contact in the home office of the WNBA, left last month for other pursuits.

Patrick McKenna is leaving Xavier of the Atlantic 10 to succeed Randy Press as media contact for the UConn women. McKenna had been an intern prior to Xavier at UConn.

Rachel Margolis left as the Big East women's media contact to work as a senior publications staffer at ESPN.

Also Marlene Navor left Texas A&M for the overall athletic media contact position at the College of Charles.

Lindsey Rogers, the women's hoops media contact at the Atlantic Coast Conference isn't going anywhere but this past week through a marger of matrimony she underwent a name change.

So congraulations and good look to everyone.

-- Mel

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