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 22, 2012

Guru's Philly Summer League Report: Black's Rally And Lime Green's Finish Keep Both Unbeaten

By Mel Greenberg

Defending champion Lime Green broke away from Cardinal Red down the stretch for a 75-62 victory while Black rallied from an early 14-2 deficit to beat Purple 55-33 as the two winners along with Ash Gray and Hunter Green Thursday night finished opening week unbeaten with 2-0 records in the Philadelphia/Suburban Women's Summer Basketball League at Kelly Bolish Gym, home of the AAU Renegades.

Additionally, Columbia Blue and Orange, which is primarily Division II Philadelphia University, picked up their first wins to even their records at 1-1.

In Lime Green's triumph, Dana Mitchell, a 2010 graduate of St. Bonaventure, had 18 points, while recent Villanova graduate Megan Pearson scored 16 points and recent Saint Joseph's graduate Katie Kuester, who is in line to be a grad assistant at Lehigh this winter, scored 14 points.

Cardinal Red (1-1), involved in one of two games Thursday night in which each opponent had opening wins, got 17 points from Kent State 2007 graduate Lakia Stwart, while Temple 2008 graduate Ashley Morris scored 14 points.

Black (2-0) beat previous unbeaten Purple (1-1) as New Hampshire junior Bridgette McKnight scored 14 points and Holy Cross junior Alex Smith scored 10 points.

All collegiate class designations in the Guru's posts over the summer refer to players' designations when school resumes this winter.

Lehigh junior Marisa Repasch scored 18 points for Purple, while Kisha Thompson, a 1998 graduate of Philadelpia University, scored six points.

Ash Gray (2-0) stayed unbeaten with an easy 64-46 win over Kelly Green (0-2), which is composed primarily of Division II University of Sciences in Philadelphia (USP), as Lindsay Alexander, a Division II Chestnut Hill College senior, scored 17 points and Delaware Valley College sophomore Brenna Coll scored 11 points.

Kelly Green's Brianne Taub, targeted for graduation in 2017, scored 18 points, and Natalie Stella, listed as 2018 for graduation from the Devils of USP, scored five points.

Hunter Green dominated Vegas Gold (0-2), primarily Division II West Chester, 81-68, as Division III Swarthmore senior Madeline Ross scored 16 points, Ciara Andrews, an incoming Saint Joseph's freshman, scored 12 points, while Bryant senior Maureen Leahy and Messiah College senior Jordan Seiz each scored 11 points.

Two of the best individual performances of the night came from players whose teams were defeated. One was turned in by Golden Rams sophomore Tiffany Johnson of Vegas Gold, who scored 20 points. Her West Chester classmate Kendall Benovy scored 19 points and another sophomore, Stephanie Keyes, scored 15 points in the loss to Hunter Green.

Orange (1-1) got into winning column with a 54-46 triumph beating Royal Blue (0-2) composed primarily of Division II Holy Family players.

In the winter, Philadelphia University, Holy Family and USP all compete in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) while West Chester is in the Eastern part of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.

Rams senior Kristen Blye led Orange with 12 points, while sophomore Najah Jacobs scored nine points.

Erin Mann, a Tigers senior, scored 18 points for Royal Blue, and incoming freshman Sarah Listenbee scored eight points.

In the other game of the night on the ongoing triple doubleheader, six-game card played by the 12 teams, Columbia Blue (1-1) left the week with a 57-47 win over Gold (0-2) as incoming Princeton freshman Alex Wheatley scored 18 points, following her 19 points in Tuesday's opening loss to Black.

Danielle Derr, a Bloomsburg senior, added 11 points to Columbia's total.

Gold got the night's overall top individual performance from Scranton senior Noelle Alicea, who poured down 21 points. Lebanon Valley junior Lauren Ruhl and her collegiate classmate Gabrielle Vass each scored nine points, while recent La Salle grad Michelle McCaughern scored eight points.

Looking Ahead

On Tuesday night play resumes at the site, which is part of the Willow Grove Industrial Commons complex located at the end of Turnpike Drive off Davisville Road.

The location is near the intersection of Byberry and Davisville Roads, if you're googling, as well as the Route 611 exit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Admission is free -- there were about 100 or spectators, including family and friends -- and there is a concession stand.

The Gym is near the end of the complex and if parking seems filled you can go around the back and find spots, to save footsteps, and the entrances at the top of the wooden ramps will be open.

Longtime commissioner David Kessler usually provides a newsletter with updated information and you can find rosters on this site in the blog that previewed the season.

You can email the commssioner at deucedbk@comcast.net.

In the 7 p.m. games, this Tuesday, Columbia Blue (1-1) will meet Hunter Green (2-0) on Court 1, Black (2-0) will play Vegas Gold (0-2) on Court 2, and Ash Gray (2-0) will meet Cardinal Red (1-1) on Court 3.

The 8:15 p.m. games will feature Royal Blue (0-2) against Gold (0-2) on Court 1 leading to a season-first win for one of the teams, while Lime Green (2-0) meets Orange (1-1) on Court 2, and Purple (1-1) will meet Kelly Green (0-2) on Court 3.

On Thursday the opening 7 p.m. games match Gold against Purple on Court 1, Hunter Green against Cardinal Red on Court 2, and Vegas Gold against Orange on Court 3.

The 8:15 contests match Kelly Green against Black on Court 1, Lime Green against Columbia Blue on Court 2, and Ash Gray against Royal Blue on on Court 3.

Based on the matchups, all four current unbeaten teams could remain knotted by the end of next week with four-game win streaks.

Following next week, games will not be held on Tuesday, July 3, in advance of the holiday but they will resume the day after on Thursday, July 5,


Lime Green 2-0 --- 147 99
Ash Gray 2-0 --- 133 85
Black 2-0 --- 121 92
Hunter Grn 2-0 --- 150 134
Cardinal Red 1-1 1.0 146 133
Purple 1-1 1.0 91 106
Col. Blue 1-1 1.0 116 113
Orange 1-1 1.0 105 104
Kelly Green 0-2 2.0 112 133
Vegas Gold 0-2 2.0 126 165
Gold 0-2 2.0 86 126
Royal Blue 0-2 2.0 83 126

Top Individual Performers (20 or more pts)

Tues., June 19 Lakia Stewart, Card. Red, 23 pts. vs. Vegas Gold.
Thurs., June 21, Noelle Alicea, Gold, 21 pts. vs. Columbia Blue.
Tues., June 19, Kendall Benovy, Vegas Gold, 20 pts., vs. Cardinal Red.
Tues., June 19, Jessica Sylvester, Kelly Green, 20 pts., vs. Hunter Green.
Thurs., June 21, Tiffany Johnson, Vegas Gold, 20 pts., vs. Hunter Green.

Results To Date

Thurs., June 21
Ash Gray 64, Kelly Green 46
Lime Green 75, Cardinal Red 62
Black 55, Purple 33
Columbia Blue 57, Gold 47
Hunter Green 81, Vegas Gold 68
Orange 54, Royal Blue 46

Tues., June 19
Hunter Green 69, Kelly Green 66
Purple 58, Orange 51
Lime Green 72, Royal Blue 37
Cardinal Red 84, Vegas Gold 58
Black 66, Columbia Blue 59
Ash Gray 69, Gold 39

Grid Against League
Ash Gray (2-0) vs. Gold (W), Kelly Green (W).
Lime Green (2-0) vs. Royal Blue (W), Cardinal Red (W).
Black (2-0) vs. Columbia Blue (W), Purple (W).
Hunter Green (2-0) vs. Kelly Green (W), Vegas Gold (W).
Purple (1-1) vs. Orange (W), Black (L).
Cardinal Red (1-1) vs. Vegas Gold (W), Lime Green (L).
Columbia Blue (1-1) vs. Black (L), Gold (W).
Orange (1-1) vs. Purple (L), Royal Blue (W).
Kelly Green (0-2) vs. Hunter Green (L), Ash Gray (L).
Vegas Gold (0-2) vs. Cardinal Red (L), Hunter Green (L)
Gold (0-2) vs. Ash Gray (L), Columbia Blue (L).
Royal Blue (0-2) vs. Lime Green (L), Orange (L).

Whole Units
Kelly Green -- University of Sciences in Philadelphia
Orange -- Philadelphia University
Royal Blue -- Holy Family
Vegas Gold -- West Chester

That's it.

-- Mel

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