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 20, 2012

Guru's Philly Summer League Report: Pearson's Five Treys Pace Defending Champs

By Mel Greenberg

Defending champion Lime Green got off to a winning start Tuesday night with a lopsided 72-37 triumph over Royal Blue, which is composed mostly of Division II Holy Family players, as the 2012 competition got under way in the annual Philadelphia/Suburban NCAA Women's Summer Basketball League at Kelly Bolish Gymnasium, home of the AAU Renengades, in Haboro, Pa.

It's the third season at the site in Lower Bucks County after play had been conducted for a long time mostly at Northeast High in the city in previous seasons.

The night's top performer in the set of six games was 2007 Kent State graduate Lakia Stewart, who scored 23 points to lead Cardinal Red to an 84-58 win over Vegas Gold, which is composed of Division II West Chester players.

Under NCAA rules regarding summer play, Division II and Division III schools can play as entire units while Division I schools are limited to two players per team, except for the allowance of incoming freshmen who will be future teammates in the winter.

There were a few close scores such as Hunter Green edging Kelly Green 69-66. Kelly Green is composed primarily of Division II University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (USP) players.

The Guru was not on the scene, but will be Thursday. He was attending a farewell party for sportswriter Don McKee held at the Guru's former place of employment Philadelphia Inquirer, which will be noving in the next few weeks from its longtime location at 400 N. Broad Street down to 801 Market Street, the site of the former Strawbridge Department Store near Independence Hall.

Here is the rundown of the opening activity, standings, and look ahead to the next several nights of competition.

Thanks, as always, for the summary, especially when the Guru is elsewhere, from longtime commissioner David Kessler, the legendary one-time batboy for the Major League Phillies in the National League back in the days of Connie Mack Stadium.

Questions about the league can be emailed to him at deucedbk@comcast.net.

In terms of spectators, the games are free and are located in the general area of the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Willow Grove exit off 611. The location is just south of the intersection of Davisville and Byberry Roads, for those of you who want to google directions. The Guru's preview blog elsewhere at this site has further directional details.

In Hunter Green's 69-66 win over Kelly Green, Eliza Polli, a Division III Swartmore senior, scored 11 points, while Saint Joseph's senior Shelby Smith scored 10, and Lindsey Kelly, an incoming freshman at Nazareth College, scored nine points.

Jessica Sylvester, who will graduate from the Devils in 2017, sscored 20 points, and her USP teammate, sophomore Carolyn Edwards, scored 11 points.

All collegiate class designations in the Guru's report are for the 2012-13 season, meaning freshmen are targeted for 2016 graduation. USP special academic/work programs are the reason for some 2017 designations.

In Purple's 58-51 win over Orange, which is composed of Division II Philadelphia University players, former Princeton star Addie Micir, a past Ivy player of the year with the three-time league champions, scored 11 points, while Lehigh junior Marissa Repasch scored nine points.

Orange's Kristen Blye, a Phila. U. senior, scored 10 points, Rams teammate Taylor Peltzer, a senior, scored seven, as did sophomore Najah Jacobs and sophomore Victoria Arnao.

Villanova's Megan Pearson, who just graduated from the Wildcats, hit five 3-pointers to account for her team-leading 15 points in Lime Green's win. Former St. Bonaventure star Dana Mitchell, a 2010 graduate, scored 14 points.

Erin Fenningham, a Holy Family senior, scored 10 points, and her Tigers incoming freshman teammate Sarah Listenbee scored seven for Royal Blue.

Backing up Lakia Stewart's big night for Cardinal Red, former Temple star Ashley Morris scored 16 points in the win over Vegas Gold.

Morris is a 2008 graduate of the Owls and former Central High star on a Public League champion.

West Chester's Kendall Benovy, a sophomore for the Rams, had one of the night's top overall performances with 20 points for Vegas Gold, while sophomore Tiffany Johnson and junior Paige Elliott each scored eight points.

In a close game in which Black edged Columbia Blue 66-59, Lehigh freshman Kerry Kinek scored 10 points for the winners, while New Hampshire sophomore Bridgette McKnight scored nine points, as did Kutztown senior Ashley Wood.

Incoming Princeton freshman Alex Wheatley scored 19 points for Columbia Blue and Gettysburg junior Alyssa Isler scored 10.

In the other opener, Ash Gray handled Gold 69-39 as Chestnut Hill sophomore Lila Jones scored 17 points, Delaware Valley College sophomore Grace Mirack scored 16 points, and Da'Kiya Johnson of Santa Monica College scored 14 points.

Lebanon Valley junior Lauren Ruhl scored 11 points for Gold while recently-graduated La Salle player Michele McCaughern scored seven points.

Looking Ahead

On Thursday night to complete opening week, the 7 p.m. games feature Royal Blue (0-1) against Orange (0-1) on Court 1, which is also a Holy Family-Phila. U. league rivalry in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) in the winter; Ash Gray (1-0) will meet Kelly Green (0-1) on Court 2, and Purple (1-0) will met Black (1-0) on Court 3.

The 8:15 p.m. games match Cardinal Red (1-0) against Lime Green (1-0) on Court 1, Hunter Green (1-0) against Vegas Gold (0-1) on Court 2, and Columbia Blue (0-1) against Gold (0-1) on Court 3.

Next week on Tuesday night (records will be inserted when schedule is repeated after Thursday's results), the 7 p.m. games have Columbia Blue against Hunter Green on Court 1, Black against Vegas Gold on Court 2, and Cardinal Red against Ash Gray on Court 3.

The 8:15 p.m. games feature Royal Bue against Gold on Court 1, Orange against Lime Green on Court 2, and Purple against Kelly on Court 3.

On Thursday, June 28, the 7 p.m. games features 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 p.m. games match Kelly against Black on Court 1, Lime Green against Columbia Blue on Court 2, and Ash Gray against Royal Blue on Court 3.

Rosters for all teams are found elsewhere on the site as part of the Guru's preview blog posted this past weekend.

Standings (Thru Wed., June 20
Team, W-L, Pct., Pts For, Points Against
Cardinal Red 1-0, 1.000, 84-58
Lime Green 1-0, 1.000, 72-37
Ash Gray 1-0, 1.000, 69-39
Purple 1-0, 1.000, 58-51
Black 1-0, 1.000,66-59
Hunter Green 1-0, 1.000, 69-66
Kelly Green 0-1, .000, 66-69
Columbia Blue 0-1, .000, 59-66
Orange 0-1, .000, 51-58
Vegas Gold 0-1, .000, 58-84
Gold 0-1, .000, 39-69
Royal Blue 0-1, .000, 73-72

Tues., June 19 Results
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

That's it.

-- Mel

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