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.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Guru Report: Home Is Sweet On The Road For Temple's Cardoza And Peddy

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By Mel Greenberg

Homecoming was sweet and successful for Temple coach Tonya Cardoza and senior Shey Peddy Tuesday night as the Owls beat Northeastern 72-58 in Boston to run the Owls’ opening record to 2-0.

Peddy, who grew up in nearby Roxbury, also the home of Cardoza, scored 20 points, including a 4-for-8 effort on three-point attempts.

She also dealt five assists and grabbed four steals.

Brittany Lewis, who had set a career record in Temple’s opening win over Miami of Ohio Friday night, quickly topped the mark against the Huskies, scoring 18 points and grabbing eight rebounds.

Senior Kristen McCarthy also scored in double figures for the Owls, collecting 16 points.

However, it was at the defensive end Temple really excelled by hounding Northeastern into 27 turnovers to pick up 40 points in transition while only committing 11 miscues.

So unlike a year ago when the Owls stumbled a bit against teams they were expected to beat, the Atlantic 10 co-favorites with Dayton in the conference coaches’ poll are meeting expectations.

Now comes up a step up in competition and rough waters ahead the next two weeks beginning with a trip Friday night to Ohio State, which just moved into the Associated Press media poll at No. 24.

On Sunday Temple continues its extended road trip visiting Northern Illinois.

Next week after Thanksgiving comes trip to the Bahamas against defending NCAA champion Texas A&M followed on Saturday with a game against either St. John’s, which just fell out of the poll after being upset by Atlantic 10-member St. Bonaventure or Iowa.

The Owls’ travels finish up on Nov. 30 at 15th-ranked Rutgers.

Looking Ahead

The Guru will be back up at Rutgers for another competitive matchup Wednesday night when the Scarlet Knights host Boston College, whose Kerri Shields is an Archbishop Carroll graduate.

Her sister Erin is a sophomore at St. Joseph’s and the two will go against each other for the second time this year when Boston College visits the Hawks next month.

In March Boston College eliminated St. Joseph’s in the second round of the WNIT at home in Chestnut Hill, Mass., with both sisters putting on a scoring show.

Meanwhile, Villanova, fresh off last weekend’s upset of Michigan State and then beating host Iona to win the Gaels’ Tip-Off Tournament to give Wildcats coach Harry Perretta his 600th career win, the team visits perennial Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion Marist on Wednesday night.

Then it’s on to Princeton, the two-time defending Ivy champion, on Saturday before returning home Tuesday night to play Delaware for the Wildcats’ first game of the season in the Pavilion.

La Salle (1-1) is also in play Wednesday night visiting St. John’s before hosting Rutgers on Saturday night. The Explorers are coming off a tough loss at Albany after winning the home opener Friday against Lehigh.

The Guru will round up all three games the locals play on Wednesday.

Delaware hosts No. 11 Penn State on Thursday night in a key game for both teams.

Besides Temple’s game on Friday, St. Joseph’s travels to Vermont to meet Dartmouth and then play the host Catamounts on Saturday.

Drexel, which was shocked by Long Island in the Dragons’ opener, Friday night, will be at Akron on Friday to meet Detroit in a consolation round of the WNIT and then meet either the host Zips or Howard on Saturday.

Rider will visit Penn on Saturday while on Sunday Penn State travels to play Dawn Staley’s South Carolina squad.

Weekly Awards

Although the Guru tweeted this news from Lafayette during the Princeton game on Monday night, those of you who have yet to follow (@womhoopsguru) should know that St. Joseph’s freshman Ashley Robinson was a co-winner of the Atlantic 10 rookie of the week award with La Salle’s Jayda Payne while Penn sophomore Alyssa Baron was named the Ivy player of the week.

Meanwhile newcomer Brianne Traub at University of the Sciences was named the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference rookie of the week after becoming the first player in the 25-year history of the Devils’ women’s program to score 20 or more points in her first two games.

The National Scene

Another 1-2 showdown looms ahead in AP Poll history Sunday if No. 1 Baylor turns aside UCLA on Thursday night and No. 2 Notre Dame beats Hartford.

On Monday Stanford gives Connecticut its first test of the early season in Hartford playing the Huskies for the first time since the Cardinal in Palo Alto, Calif., ended the Huskies’ record NCAA win streak of 90 in December.

Both teams advanced to the Final Four to be upset in the national semifinals as Stanford lost to eventual NCAA champion Texas A&M while the Huskies, in their fourth meeting of the year, fell to Big East rival Notre Dame.

The Guru will be back before the next sunrise or much earlier if the news warrants.

-- Mel

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