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.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Temple's "Roxbury Girls" Honored By Atlantic 10 -- Cardoza Earns Coach Award

By Mel Greenberg

PHILADELPHIA –
At Connecticut, Tonya Cardoza shared in the reception of a great deal of postseason hardware as a 14-year assistant to coach Geno Auriemma.

Since leaving the Huskies three seasons ago to succeed Dawn Staley, her good friend and former Virginia teammate as coach of the Owls, Cardoza has done a nifty job of picking up trophies in her own right.

A new one is on the way to the mantle after Tuesday’s postseason awards announced by the Atlantic 10 that included Cardoza as coach of the year in a vote by her peers.

After a shaky start on a tough nonconference schedule, Cardoza guided Temple on a five-season high 15-game win streak that included a perfect run through the Atlantic 10 until the other team with a perfect run – No. 6 Xavier – beat Temple Sunday in the closing minutes of the second half at the Owls’ Liacouras Center to win the regular season A-10 title.

Cardoza has already won two Big Five coach of the year honors and could win a third with her first City Series crown outright unless voters go in a different direction because the won-loss record is not always a key requirement for the award.

Both La Salle’s new coach Jeff Williams and Penn’s second-year coach Mike McLaughlin have had their programs begin to make progress,

The Explorers, picked to finish last, placed ninth in the Atlantic 10, had a key upset of Charlotte and improved by four games in the conference to qualify for their first A-10 postseason action in four years.

La Salle will open against St. Joseph’s in a pseudo city series rematch Friday at noon to the get the Atlantic 10 under way at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Mass., the second straight year the A-10 has held the women’s tourney at a neutral site.

Penn has improved by eight games – a best-ever turnaround and the Quakers broke a 24-game losing streak in the Big Five by beating La Salle.

McLaughlin’s team could impact the Ivy race Friday night by beating Harvard, which could knock the Crimson out of the hunt and send Princeton to a second straight title if the Tigers beat Dartmouth at home the same evening.

Temple has a bye and will meet either seventh-seeded St. Bonaventure or 10th-seeded Fordham Saturday in the quarterfinals.

Local players were sprinkled throughout the Atlantic 10 honors but the name of Temple junior and newcomer Shey Peddie gives the list a Roxbury Girls impression.

Both Cardoza and Peddie hail from Roxbury, Mass., a reason Peddie transferred from Wright State to join the Owls.

Two of the other individual awards went to local players with La Salle’s Ashley Gale named most improved and Ashley Prim of St. Joseph’s picking up the Sixth Player of the Year honor.

Xavier senior Amber Harris won her second straight player of the year award and her Musketeers teammate Ta’Shia Phillips won defensive honors. The two dominant post players are likely to go high in next month’s WNBA draft, which the pro league announced Wednesday will be held at ESPN Studios in Bristol, Conn.

Duquesne’s Wumi Agunbiade was named rookie of the year.

Harris’ placement on the all-conference first team is her fourth – an honor achieved only twice previous and both with Duquesne connections.

Duquesne coach Suzie McConnell-Serio earned four first-team honors starring for Penn State when the Lady Lions were in the Atlantic 10. Former Duquesne scoring sensation Korie Hlede also was a four-time honoree.

La Salle’s Gale and Temple’s Kristen McCarthy made the second team and the Owls’ Qwedia Wallace was named to the third team.

La Salle’s Jess Koci and St. Joseph’s Erin Shields, the sister of Boston College star Kerri Shields, made the all-rookie team while St. Joseph’s Michelle Baker was named to the all-defensive team.

Conference pairings can be found on the tracker post two stops down below this one.

-- Mel

4 Comments:

Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

ninest123 09.12
replica watches, uggs on sale, louboutin shoes, michael kors outlet, oakley sunglasses, oakley sunglasses, prada handbags, longchamp, tory burch outlet, polo ralph lauren outlet, louis vuitton outlet, louis vuitton outlet, nike outlet, michael kors outlet, oakley sunglasses, burberry, ray ban sunglasses, ray ban sunglasses, christian louboutin outlet, longchamp outlet, michael kors outlet, nike air max, nike free, ugg boots, louboutin outlet, jordan shoes, ugg boots, nike air max, polo ralph lauren outlet, tiffany jewelry, michael kors outlet, louis vuitton, michael kors outlet, louboutin, gucci outlet, burberry outlet online, longchamp outlet, ugg boots, louis vuitton, replica watches, ugg boots, prada outlet, michael kors, tiffany and co, louis vuitton

2:36 AM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

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

2:40 AM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

babyliss, herve leger, mac cosmetics, abercrombie and fitch, nike roshe, ferragamo shoes, nike free run uk, p90x workout, bottega veneta, north face outlet, ralph lauren uk, wedding dresses, jimmy choo shoes, celine handbags, longchamp, ghd, soccer jerseys, hollister, mcm handbags, nike air max, north face outlet, insanity workout, baseball bats, mulberry, nike roshe, asics running shoes, nfl jerseys, new balance, nike trainers, lululemon, giuseppe zanotti, nike air max, vans shoes, hollister, reebok shoes, mont blanc, birkin bag, beats by dre, abercrombie and fitch, soccer shoes, chi flat iron, instyler, nike air max, valentino shoes, nike huarache

2:42 AM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

coach outlet, swarovski, wedding dresses, timberland boots, doke gabbana outlet, oakley, michael kors outlet, toms shoes, pandora jewelry, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, ugg boots uk, lancel, pandora charms, vans, marc jacobs, louboutin, michael kors outlet online, louis vuitton, swarovski crystal, montre pas cher, juicy couture outlet, gucci, pandora jewelry, ugg pas cher, converse, converse outlet, michael kors handbags, louis vuitton, iphone 6 cases, sac louis vuitton pas cher, ralph lauren, louis vuitton, juicy couture outlet, pandora charms, karen millen, links of london, replica watches, hollister, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, bottes ugg, nike air max, supra shoes, thomas sabo, louis vuitton, ray ban, hollister
ninest123 09.12

2:44 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home