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, June 27, 2012

Guru's Philly Summer League Report: Katie Kuester's 26 Points Highlight Individual Scoring Attacks

By Mel Greenberg

HATBORO, Pa. --
In terms of drama, there was little suspense in Tuesday night's triple doubleheader action in the Philadelphia/Suburban Women's NCAA Summer Basketball League at Kelly Bolish Gym, home of the AAU Renegades.

However, though all six games in the 12-game league during the third night of competition had decisive outcomes, there were a bunch of outstanding individual performances, particularly from players associated with Saint Joseph's, Villanova and Lehigh.

In fact five of the ten 20 points or more games from players to date were registered Tuesday.

The best came from a former league scoring champion.

Recent Saint Joseph's grad Katie Kuester, whose father John Kuester is an assistant with the NBA Los Angeles Lakers and was on the scene, turned in a league-high 26 points on the season as defending champion Lime Green rolled over Orange, 87-58, to become one of three teams still unbeaten at 3-0.

The Lime Green total is the highest score to date in the league.

Kuester will be a graduate assistant at Lehigh this winter and thus under NCAA current rules, won't be eligible to compete in the league next summer.

While recruiting advantage considerations are probably behind the legislation, nothing prevents collegiate coaches from competing in the WNBA.

Orange, incidentally, which fell to 1-2, is composed primarily of Division II Philadelphia University players.

"Despite the score, players on both of these teams really compete," said Lime Green coach Ted Hagedorn, whose daughter Elle is on the squad and will be a senior at Harvard.

All class designations in these posts refer to players' collegiate statuses this winter.

"I think Philly U. should be really good this season," Hagedorn added.

Meanwhile, Black and Hunter Green also remain unbeaten, while Royal Blue, composed primarily of Division II Holy Family players, and Kelly Green, primarily composed of Division II University of Sciences in Philadelphia (USP), picked up their first wins in three tries.

The two schools along with Philadelphia University compete in the winter in the Central Atlantic Collegate Conference (CACC) while Vegas Gold is composed primarily of Division II players from West Chester, which competes in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Eastern Division.

Before reviewing the six games, there is one roster adjustment from the Guru's guide posted earlier this month. Ash Gray's Da'Kiya Johnson, who recently was married, is no longer at Santa Monica College out West and this winter will, as a transfer student-athlete, join Chestnut Hill, which also competes in the CACC.

Also, for those not yet following the Guru's twitter handle at @womhoopsguru in which he offers first alerts on new posts on league coverage and other WBB items in this blog, the Guru repeats the news that Penn volunter assistant Kelly Killion will begin Monday as the new second assistant at Sacred Heart in Connecticut.

She played for McLaughlin when he built Holy Family to a Division II powerhouse. The Guru also believes she might have played in the league.

"It's well deserved," he texted the Guru Tuesday night of Killion's hire. "She did an awesome job for us."

With all that said, let's go to scoreboard and review Tuesday's action game-by-game and thanks as always for the email from longtime commissioner David Kessler.

You can reach him at deucebk@comcast.net for more information on the league.

"The goal here is for everyone to have fun and hopefully pick up some things that will make everyone better when they return to their respective schools in the fall," Kessler said.

The gym is at the end of Turnpike Drive, alongside the Pennsylvania Turnpike, in the Willow Grove Industrial Commons section all the way at the end.

The approach is off Davisville Road near the intersection with Byberry Road and is also near the 611 exit of the Turnpike, if you are googling directions.

Admission is free, there was another sizeable crowd Tuesday, which also had former Central High Public League coach Frank Greco, who guided Cardinal Red's Ashley Morris, Lakia Stewart and Melissa Livingston.

There is also a concession stand with a multitude of items, including Italian water ice, for those hot nights, as it was last time out.

The Rundown

Speaking of hot, besides Kuester's performance with Lime Green, the defending champions also got 14 points from recent Villanova graduate Megan Pearson, 13 each from Lafayette senior Alicia Manning and Lehigh freshman Elizabeth Sharlow, while Dana Mitchell, a 2010 St. Bonaventure graduate, scored 12 points.

Kristen Blye, a Phila. U. senior, led Orange with 12 points, and sophomore Najah Jacobs scored eight points.

Hunter Green stayed unbeaten by turning aside Columbia Blue 74-63 with another pair of St. Joseph's stars as Hawks senior Shelby Smith scored 16 points and junior Erin Shields scored 14 points. Division III Swarthmore senior Madeline Ross scored 13 points.

Columbia Blue (1-2) was paced by a third-straight stellar game from Princeton freshman Alex Wheatley, who scored 20 points. Taylor Bryant, an incoming Delaware freshman, scored 17 points.

Black (3-0), the other unbeaten squad, benefitted from Villanova sophomore Emily Leer, who scored 21 points in an 84-57 win over Vegas Gold ( 0-3), one of two teams still looking for a victory.

Ironically, the other one besides the Vegas Gold group composed primarily of Division II West Chester is Gold (0-3), which fell to Royal Blue, 65-32.

Other big scorers for Black were Jasmine Elume, a recent grad of Bethune Cookman who scored 18 points, Alex Smith, a Holy Cross sophomore who scored 17, and Kutztown's Ashley Wood, a senior, who scored 14 points.

Golden Rams sophomore Kendall Benovy scored 11 points for Vegas Gold, while sophomore Stephanie Keyes scored nine points.

The 84 points from Black had been the previous high any team scored in the first two nights of activity.

Cardinal Red (2-1) bounced back from Thursday's loss to Lime Green by handing Ash Gray (2-1), the only other previous unbeaten team, a 73-47 defeat as Temple 2008 grad Ashley Morris scored 20 points and Lakia Stewart, a 2007 graduate of Kent State, scored 16 points.

Brenna Coll, a Delaware Valley College sophomore, scored 12 points for Ash Gray, while Lindsay Alexander, a Chestnut Hill senior, scored nine points.

In Royal Blue's 65-32 win over Gold, the first triumph of the season for the Division II Holy Family contingent, Tigers senior Erin Mann and freshman Erin Fenningham each scored 16 points, while junior Mary Ellen McCollum scored 14 points.

Gold's Michele McCaughren, a recent La Salle graduate, scored eight points and Lebanon Valley junior Gabrielle Vass scored six points, as did her college classmate Lauren Ruhl.

The game was the first of the season in which both sides were still looking to prevail.

In the other game on the schedule, Kelly Green (1-2), composed primarily of University of Sciences in Philadelphia players, got its first win and the second highest overall team total of the season, with an 85-59 win over Purple (1-2).

Brianne Taub, who will graduate 2017 from USP, because of the work-study program, scored 18 points for Kelly Green, as did Natalie Stella of the projected class of 2018. Kate Schmid, a Devils sophomore, scored 11 points.

Marissa Repasch, a Lehigh junior, got the highest total on a losing side this season, scoring 23 points for Purple, while Becky Guman, a Lehigh senior, scored 11 points.

Looking Ahead

On Thursday night play resumes with the following six games:

In the 7 p.m. games, this Thursday, Gold (0-3) will meet Purple (1-2) on Court 1, Hunter Green (3-0) will meet Cardinal Red (2-1) on Court 2, and Orange (1-2) will meet Vegas Gold (0-3) on Court 3.

The 8:15 p.m. games will feature Black (3-0) against Kelly Green (1-2) on Court 1, Lime Green (3-0) against Columbia Blue (1-2) on Court 2, and Ash Gray (1-2) against Royal Blue (1-2).

Based on the matchups, the three unbeaten teams could remain as such heading into the brief holiday break but Hunter Green will get a challenge from Cardinal Red.

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,

In the 7 p.m. games, Ash Gray will meet Vegas Gold on Court 1, Purple will meet Columbia Blue on Court 2, and Kelly Green will meet Gold on Court 3.

At 8:15, Black will meet Royal Blue on Court 1, Orange will meet Cardinal Red on Court 2, and Lime Green will meet Hunter Green on Court 3.

STANDINGS (THRU WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27)

TEAM W-L GB PF PA
Lime Green 3-0 --- 234 157
Black 3-0 --- 205 139
Hunter Grn 3-0 --- 224 196
Cardinal Red 2-1 1.0 219 180
Ash Gray 2-1 1.0 180 158
Kelly Green 1-2 2.0 171 192
Purple 1-2 1.0 150 191
Orange 1-2 2.0 163 191
Royal Blue 1-2 2.0 148 158
Col. Blue 1-2 2.0 179 187
Vegas Gold 0-3 3.0 172 249
Gold 0-3 3.0 118 191

Top Individual Performers (20 or more pts)

Tues., June 26, Katie Kuester, Lime Green, 26 pts., vs. Orange.
Tues., June 19 Lakia Stewart, Card. Red, 23 pts. vs. Vegas Gold.
Tues., June 26, Marissa Repasch, Purple, 23 pts., vs. Kelly Green
Thurs., June 21, Noelle Alicea, Gold, 21 pts. vs. Columbia Blue.
Tues., June 26, Emily Leer, Black, 21 pts., vs. Vegas Gold.
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.
Tues., June 26, Alex Wheatley, Columbia Blue, 20 pts., vs. Hunter Green.
Tues., June 26, Ashley Morris, Cardinal Red, 20 pts., vs. Ash Gray.

Results To Date

Tues., June 26
Hunter Green 74, Columbia Blue 63
Black 84, Vegas Gold 47
Cardinal Red 73, Ash Gray 47
Royal Blue 65, Gold 32
Lime Green 87, Orange 58
Kelly Green 85, Purple 59

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

Noteworthy Statistics

Highest winning total: Lime Green 87, Orange 58 -- 6/26
Lowest winning total: Orange 54, Royal Blue 46 -- 6/21
Highest losing total: Hunter Green 81, Vegas Gold 68 -- 6/21
Lowest losing total: Royal Blue 65, Gold 32 -- 6/19
Highest differential: Black 84, Vegas Gold 47 -- 6/26
Lowest differential: Hunter Green 69, Kelly Green 66 -- 6/26

Grid Against League
Lime Green (3-0) vs. Royal Blue (W), Cardinal Red (W), Orange (W).
Black (3-0) vs. Columbia Blue (W), Purple (W), Vegas Gold (W)
Hunter Green (3-0) vs. Kelly Green (W), Vegas Gold (W), Columbia Bl. (W).
Cardinal Red (2-1) vs. Vegas Gold (W), Lime Green (L), Ash Gray (W).
Ash Gray (2-1) vs. Gold (W), Kelly Green (W), Card Red (L)
Kelly Green (1-2) vs. Hunter Green (L), Ash Gray (L), Purple (W)
Purple (1-2) vs. Orange (W), Black (L), Kelly Green (L)
Orange (1-2) vs. Purple (L), Royal Blue (W), Lime Green (L)
Royal Blue (1-2) vs. Lime Green (L), Orange (L), Gold (W).
Columbia Blue (1-2) vs. Black (L), Gold (W), Hunter Green (L)
Vegas Gold (0-3) vs. Cardinal Red (L), Hunter Green (L), Black (L)
Gold (0-3) vs. Ash Gray (L), Columbia Blue (L), Royal Blue (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

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

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