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, November 18, 2011

Guru Local Report: St. Joe And Drexel Win While Temple Comes Up Short

Here are the SID reports from the three games so the Guru avoids a super late night considering the trip back from Hofstra and a doubleheader at Princeton and La Salle on Saturday.

SAINT JOSEPH’S FLIES PAST DARTMOUTH IN TD BANK CLASSIC OPENER, 85-48

Parker Leads Six Hawks in Double Figures With 13 Points

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Backed by six players in doubles figures, the Saint Joseph’s women’s basketball team easily handled Dartmouth, 85-48, in the Friday evening in the opening game of the TD Bank Classic. The Hawks’ sophomore guard Kasie Parker (Oviedo, Fla./Lake Howell) led all scorers with a career-high 13 points as SJU had 10 players score in the win.

The Hawks took control of the game quickly, opening a 23-4 lead just under nine minutes into the contest. Saint Joseph’s hit 8-of-10 from the floor to start, with redshirt sophomore forward Ashley Robinson (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Wood) extending the lead to 19 on a pair of free throws at 11:15.

Saint Joseph’s (2-1) expanded its lead to as many as 25 points in the first half as nine of 11 players scored. The Hawks posted 14 of their 23 assists in the first half, while they held Dartmouth to just 36.4 percent from the floor (8-of-22) and caused 11 turnovers.

In the second half, Dartmouth (0-2) scored the opening two baskets, but Saint Joseph’s responded and quickly opened its lead to 32 points, 63-31, on a fast-break layup by junior guard Ashley Prim (Ansonia, Conn./Kolbe Cathedral) at 12:03.

The Hawks would maintain a 30-point lead from there as SJU finished at 48.7 percent shooting from the field (34-of-70), knocked down 7-of-16 from behind the arc (43.8 percent) and hit 10-of-13 from the foul line (76.9 percent).

Saint Joseph’s finished with a 48-21 edge in rebounds, with 22 boards coming on the offensive end. The Hawks would also add 23 assists, with sophomore guard Erin Shields (Drexel Hill, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) leading the way with five helpers to go with 11 points.

Parker added three rebounds to go with three steals, three assists and 13 points. Senior forward Kelly Cavallo (Hampton Bays, N.Y./Westhampton Beach) added nine rebounds and 12 points, while Robinson added 12 points. Senior guard Katie Kuester (Media, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame de Namur) converted three three-point field goals and finished at 11 points, while Prim was the sixth Hawk in double figures, adding 10 points.

Faziah Steen led Dartmouth with 12 points

The Hawks will face host Vermont on Saturday at 7 p.m. to cap the TD Bank Classic.

Temple Falls Just Short in Comeback Attempt at #24/25 Ohio State

Owls lose 70-66 after cutting a 15-point deficit to two in the final minute

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After cutting a 15-point deficit all the way down to two in the final minute, the Temple women's basketball team fell just short of completing the comeback and suffered a 70-66 loss at #24/25 Ohio State on Friday night. The Owls (2-1) got 14 points from Kristen McCarthy and 13 points from both Brittany Lewis and Joelle Connelly.

Ohio State (2-0) was led by Tayler Hill with 24 points and Samantha Prahalis with 20. The Buckeyes largely won the game at the free throw line, shooting 25-of-31 at the stripe.

Temple kept the first half close and took a lead on four different occasions, but foul trouble along with an uncharacteristic 10 turnovers allowed Ohio State to pull ahead down the stretch.

Eight fouls on Temple sent the Buckeyes to the line for 14 tries, of which they made 10, while the Owls were just 2-of-5 at the stripe in the first half.

Connelly stepped up for the Owls in the post with six first-half points and five rebounds, and BJ Williams led all Temple players with seven points including a three-pointer. Temple shot 43 percent from the field to Ohio State's 41.4 percent, but Prahalis was tough to stop and finished the half with 12 points to lead all players.

The Owls' largest lead was two, 15-13 after the trey from Williams. Lewis hit Temple's second three with 9:30 remaining in the first half to put the Owls within one, 23-22, but the Buckeyes out-scored Temple 13-6 the rest of the way to take a 36-28 lead into the break.

Temple used a 6-0 run that included a steal and some strong offensive rebounding to come within two, 36-34 in the opening minutes of the second half, but with an 11-0 run of its own, Ohio State took its first double-digit lead, 47-36 at 13:12. Natasha Thames stopped the bleeding with a layup for the Owls, but back-to-back fastbreak layups for Ohio State increased its lead yet again.

The Buckeyes led by as many as 15 before a pair of buckets by McCarthy put the margin back at 11. The Owls continued to chip away as they held Ohio State scoreless for a five-minute stretch, and without a field goal for over seven minutes.

Hitting 5-of-8 at the free throw line got the Owls within seven, 53-46 with 5:30 remaining before Prahalis struck again with two jumpers in a 6-0 Ohio State run that put the Buckeyes back up by 13.

The Owls refused to go away as McCarthy scored three points in a 5-0 run for the Owls that cut the margin back to single digits. After being held scoreless in the first half and for much of the second, Shey Peddy came to life for Temple and hit two three-pointers as the Owls continued to earn possessions with their defensive efforts.

The second trey from Peddy cut the margin to two, 68-66 with 14 seconds remaining, but Prahalis was solid at the free throw line hitting both attempts with nine seconds on the clock. The Owls had two chances on their final possession thanks to an offensive rebound, but could not covert either field goal attempt.

Temple will continue the weekend's road trip on Sunday with a 4:30 p.m. (EST) game at Northern Illinois out of the Mid-American Conference.

Xxxxx

Here is the link to the Drexel win story since other attempts while on the Long Island Railroad aren't working.

http://www.drexeldragons.com/news/2011/11/18/WBB_1118111459.aspx






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