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, June 24, 2011

Guru Summer League Report: Gold Good For First

(Guru's note: There is a WNBA roundup post above this on Thursday's two games and a look ahead to the rest of the weekend).

By Mel Greenberg

Gold lived up to its color designation Thursday night at the Philadelphia/Suburban Women’s NCAA Summer League with a decisive 73-57 win over Teal (1-2) to take over sole possession of first place a half-game ahead of idle Columbia (2-0) at the Kelly Bolish Gym, home of the AAU Renengades.

Bethune-Cookman senior Jasmine Elum scored 20 points for Gold (3-0) while Addie Micir, a recent graduate of two-time defending Ivy champion Princeton, scored 13 points.

Former Temple star Ashley Morris had 18 points for Teal, while former Drexel star Michelle Maslowski, one of Drexel;’s all-time scorers, had 13 points.

Natalie Isaac, a former Temple star now involved as an agent for pro players among other activities, made a trip from Washington to view the action. She also served a brief stint as the basketball operations director of the WNBA Washington Mystics.

Incidentally, class designations in these posts for active collegians reflect their status for next seasons.

While Gold was staying perfect, Black (2-1) suffered its first loss – a narrow 58-54 setback to Royal Blue (2-1), a team dominated by Division II local power Holy Family and one of several teams who stayed just behind the early frontrunners in the standings.

Ana Cruz, an incoming junior for the Tigers from Harcum College in suburban Bryn Mawr, had 22 points for Royal Blue. The native of Lancaster became the first to score 1,000 points in a career at Harcum, a two-year school.

Holy Family junior Erin Mann had 10 points as did recent Tigers graduate Meghan Gibson.

Kathryn Stockbower, a recent Swarthmore graduate who set the Division III record for career double doubles, had 14 points for Black while Lehigh senior Emily Gratch scored 12 points.

In another close game Orange (2-1) topped Cardinal Red 80-77 as Villanova sophomore Emily Leer scored 27 points. Marisa Repasch, a Lehigh sophomore, had 19 points and her senior Mountain Hawks teammate scored 13 points.

Cardinal Red (0-2), which was still looking for its first win in Night 3 of the season, got 13 points from Chant’al Hardy, a Chestnut Hill graduate a year ago, 12 points from Holy Cross sophomore Alex Smith, and 10 points each from coach Kisha Thompson, a 1998 Philadelphia U. graduate, and Stephanie Schultz, a recent addition who will be attending Colgate.

Lime Green (1-2), composed primarily of Philadelphia U. players, got its first win of the season, beating White 56-50 as Rams sophomore Stephanie Agger scored 14 points and her college teammate junior Christine Wooding scored 13.

White (0-2), which is dominated by Division II University of the Sciences from Southwest Philadelphia, got 13 points from junior Rebecca Ruggear, and nine each from Devils junior Sarah Hickman and her college teammate Carolyn Edwards.

In the other of the five games recent La Salle graduate Ashley Gale had a league season-high 34 points but Purple (0-3) stayed winless losing to Kelly Green 81-68.

St. Joseph’s sophomore Erin Shields made her debut on the Purple team and scored 12 points as did 2009 Valparaiso graduate Launa Hochstetler.

Lehigh junior Kelly Peterson led Kelly Green (2-1), scoring 13 points, while Villanova junior Megan Pearson scored 12 points. St. Joseph’s junior Katie Kuester, the daughter of former NBA Detroit Pistons coach John Kuester, had nine points, as did Lehigh freshman Katie O’Reilly and Lafayette senior Sarah McGorry.

The Guru expects to return next Thursday but might also be on hand Tuesday if he doesn’t head to Connecticut for the WNBA Sun game against the Los Angeles Sparks.

On Tuesday night in the 7 p.m. games: Columbia Blue (2-0) meets Lime Green (1-2) on Court 1 while Cardinal Red (0-2) meets Teal (1-2) on Court 2.

In the three later games at 8:15 p.m., White (0-2) meets Purple (0-3) on Court 1 in a game that one team will gets its first win, Black (2-1) will meet Orange (2-1) on Court 2, and Gold (3-0) will try to maintain its lead wen it plays Royal Blue (2-1) on Court 3. Kelly Green (2-1) has a bye.

Here are the updated standings:

Gold 3-0 197 154 1.000
Columbia Blue 2-0 128 100 1.000
Kelly Green 2-1 216 198 0 667
Royal Blue 2-1 193 171 0.667
Orange 2-1 196 192 0.667
Black 2-1 176 168 0.667
Teal 1-2 191 199 0.333
Lime 1-2 160 183 0.333
Cardinal Red 0-2 133 163 0.000
White 0-2 104 124 0.000
Purple 0-3 123 209 0.000

Until next time

-- Mel


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