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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.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Guru Local Report: Upsets Mark Philly/Suburban Summer League Openers

(Guru's note: Depending how you linked here, the WNBA report is in a post above this one.)

By Mel Greenberg

Upsets occurred in the first two games played Thursday night as the Philadelphia/Suburban NCAA Women’s Summer league got under way at the Kelly Bolish Gym, home of the AAU Renegades, in Hatboro, Pa.

However, commissioner David Kessler, who sent the Guru the results, noted not to look for any omens just yet of things to come.

The Guru, as you will tell by the post above this one, was in Washington for a WNBA game and will return to the nation’s capital for another one Tuesday night when the summer league next plays.

Kessler said that key players on almost every team were no-shows opening night, though he didn’t name them. He also said many players need about three weeks for their lungs to catch up on their bodies.

Full box scores were not provided and may be difficult to do but high scorers for each team were listed in the email.
None of the outcomes were close at the finish.

In one opener Team Black, which has mostly Division II and III players, pulled a 70-59 upset Teal, which is dominated by former Temple players.

Lehigh senior Emily Gratch had 12 points for the winners, Millersville junior Shira Newman scored 9, and recently-graduated Kathryn Stockbower from Swarthmore who set the Division III career double-double record last season, scored nine points.

Two former Division I stars on Teal, despite the loss, were the two high scorers from all five games combined. Lakia Stewart, a 2007 graduate of Kent State, scored 21 points, and Michelle Maslowski, the second all-time scorer in Drexel history, had 20 points.

In the other opening game on the night in terms of the early contests, Columbia Blue, composed entirely of Division II West Chester players, romped over Purple 67-44 in what also can be considered an upset because of some prominent Division I players on the Purple roster.

Again, the Guru is not aware of the identity of the no-shows.

Columbia Blue’s high scorer was junior Meghan Kerrigan with 17 points; senior Allison Hostetter scored 14, and sophomore Alexandra Lennon scored 13.

Class designations for active collegiate players are what they will be next season when school resumes.

Recently graduated La Salle star Ashley Gale had 15 points for Purple, while 2009 Valparaiso graduate Launa Hochstetler had nine points.

In one of the three later games played Royal Blue dominated Cardinal Red 83-56, also considered an upset in terms of Division players, as recent Holy Family grad from Division II scored 19 points and her Tigers teammate sophomore Maggie Serratelli had 16.

The Cardinal Red high scorers were Holy Cross junior Kaitlin Cole and Lehigh senior Alexa Williams with 12 points each, while 2010 Chestnut Hill graduate Chant’al Hardy and Lafayette junior Alicia Manning each scored 11.

Gold beat Orange 61-48 as Bethune-Cookman senior Jasmine Elum scored 18 points and recently graduated Addie Micir of two-time Ivy champion Princeton scored 12 points.

Villanova sophomore Emily Leer had 12 points, her Wildcats teammate junior Rachel Roberts scored 11, and Lehigh sophomore Marisa Repasch had 10 points for Orange.

In the other game Kelly Green beat Lime Green 70-55 as Villanova junior Devon Kane scored 17 points and Lafayette senior Sarah McGorry scored 14.

Najah Jacobs, a Central High grad and incoming freshman at Philadelphia University, had 10 points and her future Rams teammate junior Kristen Blye scored nine points.

White, which has top Villanova player Laura Sweeney and a bunch of University of Science players, had a bye in the 11-team league.

-- Mel

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