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.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Guru Notes:Just Some Odds And Ends For The Day

By Mel Greenberg

Here’s some quick notes of the day.

First, the Guru has another appearance over at Full Court Press fullcourt.com that will be posted at some point by early afternoon if not earlier focusing on Tamika Catchings’ MVP award in the WNBA.

Sunrise 24 hours from now will offer a combo WNBA advance here of Game 2 in both conferences.

On the college front off the conference musical chairs,if Pittsburgh and Syracuse were allowed to move from the Big East
Conference to the Atlantic Coast, immediately, which obviously is not happening, the ACC in terms of members but not the actual conference column would pick up a combined 44 poll appearances in the AP women’s history.

Pitt has been ranked 34 times, mostly in the Agnus Berenato era and most of that in the Shavonte Zellous era prior to her graduation and eventually landing with the WNBA Indiana Fever, who hold a 1-game lead in the Eastern Conference finals going into Game 2 in Atlanta at the Dream’s Philips Arena on Sunday.

Syracuse has made 10 appearances.

However, if Connecticut and Rutgers were to switch, as has been reported in the media, they would take 676 appearances of which 367 belong to Connecticut and 329 to Rutgers.

Meanwhile, media reports to the north of the Guru’s Philadelphia-based operations center are saying that Germantown Academy graduate Caroline Doty has been cleared to move full steam ahead from the knee injury that again sidelined her for all of last season at Connecticut.

Off a quip Huskies coach Geno Auriemma told last summer after Doty hurt her knee for the third time, Doty will go into the season unbeaten since she wasn’t active when Connecticut lost to Big East rival Notre Dame in the NCAA semifinals in Indianapolis.

Doty was originally set to be cleared in early July until she sprained her knee a few days earlier and precautionary measures set in to make sure she would be ready to go when the season begins.

Incidentally Connecticut has been ranked No. 1 so many times in the AP women’s poll that the Huskies could take a year off and still have an ample lead over Tennessee.

On the local front, it looks like Temple made good on the Guru’s request for a time start to avoid a conflict on a key date in December.

On Dec. 22, UCLA will play at St. Joseph’s at 1 p.m. two days after visiting Temple. The Owls will host Villanova in a Big Five tilt at 4 p.m. making it possible to be at both games. That date is usually the break-for-the-holidays day so thanks for the consideration.

Unfortunately, two other games that day are the annual 33rd St. war in West Philadelphia between Penn and Drexel, which will be at The Palestra at noon.

Fairfield visits La Salle at 2 p.m.

The Immaculata movie apparently is making advance screening rounds in cities to favorable reports from what the Guru can see by way of chatter at the various social media sites.

The movie hits the theaters for the public Oct. 21.

That’s it for now.

-- Mel

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