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 28, 2013

Philly Summer League: First-Place Hunter Green Dodges Kelly Green's Upset Bid

By Mel Greenberg
Paced by first-place Hunter Green (4-0), which was involved in the closest game of Thursday night, beating Kelly Green 68--64, the top four teams all won in the Philadelphia/Suburban NCAA Women's Basketball Summer League at Kelly Bolish Gym, home of the AAU Renegades in the Willow Grove Industrial Commons complex.

White (3-0) remained a half-game behind as the other unbeaten team by beating Maroon 53-35.

Gold (3-1) and Sky Blue (3-1) stayed tied in third and one game back wtih Gold beating Heather Grey, 68-43, while Sky Blue, the predominate Division II West Chester team, beat Black, the predominate Division II Philadelphia University team 74-49.

In the Sky Blue win, Golden Rams sophomore Brittany Sicinski had the second best individual performance of the season with 26 points, one less than former Division III Swarthmore star Kathryn Stockbower had on opening night for Heather Grey.

Junior Jasmine Clark added 14 points for Sky Blue, while junior Tiffany Johnson had 11 points, and Taylor Bryant, who was a student last semester at Delaware, had nine points.

Black (1-3) got 14 points from junior Victoria Arnao and 13 points from sophomore Mary Newell.

In a game betwween two previously winless teams, Red (1-2), dominated by Division III Scranton players, topped Orange (0-4), dominated by Division II East Stroudsburg players, 66-33, while Royal Blue (1-2) also made it to the win column for the first time with a 63-55 upset of Navy Blue 63-55 in another highlight on Night No. 4 of competition.

Red was paced by Lafayette incoming senior Kelly Loughney's 15 points, while Scranton junior Stephanie Keyes had 14 points, and teammate Emily Holman, a Leopards junior, had 12 points.

East Stroudsburg junior Ryann Fiascki had eight points and recent Division II Bloomsburg grad Danielle Derr had six points.

Royal Blue got 19 points from Emory senior Gabi Whitmer, while Penn junior Kara Bonenberger had 16 points, and her sister Alyssa of Kutztown scored 10 points.

Kelsey Berger, a Saint Joseph's senior, got 16 points for Navy (2-2), while incoming Hawks freshman Geena Gomez scored 15,, and future college teammate Ciara Andrews, a sophomore, scored 10.

In the closest game of the night Kelly Green (2-2), dominated by Division II Holy Family, challenged Hunter Green all the way before the league leaders prevailed down the stretch.

Former Saint Joseph's star and also Hunter Green coach Katie Kuester had 14 points, while Dickinson 2010 grad Brooke Mulller had 13 points, and recent Boston College grad Kerri Shields scored 10 points.

Tigers senior Carolyne Heston had 18 points for Kelly Green, recent grad Erin Mann scored 11, Holy Family senior Maggie Serratelli scored 10, incoming freshman Yasmin Walker scored nine points and so did Division III Delaware Valley Junior Brittany Wood.

The other recaps are down below.

Looking Ahead

When first place Hunter Green (3-0) meets Gold (2-1) in the 8:15 p.m. contest Tuesday on Court 3, former Saint Joseh's star Katie Kuester, in her new dual summer role as also a coach will go against Gold's Ted Hagedorn who she played for on the previous two champions in 2012 and 2011.

There will be no games next Thursday because of the July 4th holiday but the following week games will also be played on Wednesday, July 10, to make up for the lost night.

Here is the entire slate with records for Tuesday's action but no eye to July 4, obviously because games are not scheduled.

Tuesday, July 2

7 p.m.Purple (2-1) vs. Navy (2-2), Court 1
Royal Blue (1-2) vs. Sky Blue (3-1), Court 2
Black (-3) vs. Heather Grey (1-3), Court 3

8:15 p.m. Red (1-2) vs. Maroon (1-3), Court 1
White (3-0) vs. Kelly Green (1-2), Court 2
Hunter Green (4-0) vs. Gold (3-1), Court 3
Bye: Orange

Thursday, July 4

No games due to Independence Day

Thursday Overall Recaps Not Mentioned

Gold 68, Heather Grey 43: Saint Joseph's junior Natasha Cloud kept Gold right behind the leaders with 15 points, a total matched by Bryant sophomore Maureen Leahy, while recent Swarthmore graduate Madeline Ross scored 11 points.

Kathryn Stockbower, the all-time Division II leader for career double doubles, had 16 points for Heather Grey (1-3), while Brianna Robbins, a Division III Haverford junior, and Shannon Smith, also a Fords junior, each scored nine points.

White 53, Maroon 35: The other unbeaten team stayed a half-game out of first as recent Kutztown grad Ashley Wood, the daughter of Team White coach Keith Wood, scored 15 points, and Villanova junior Emily Leer scored 12 points.

Maroon (1-3), dominated by Division II University of the Science of Philadelphia, got 11 points from the Devils' Jessica Sylvester, and six each from USP's Brianne Traub and Camille McPherson.

Purple had the nightly bye to stay idle while Orange gets
Tuesday's bye.

Quick Notes

It was an injury-free night again based on the lack of informaton of such from the commissioner baring someone waking up Friday morning in aches and pains.

This time around the standings are in their natural tiebreaking state. Gold is ahead of Kelly Green on a head-to-head win as is Kelly Green ahead of Navy Blue for similar reasons.

In the next two-way, Royal has a better win than Red since they haven't played head--to-head.

In the three-way Royal Blue goes on top because of a 1-0 in the group while Maroon is next with a better win, followed by Heather Grey.

The running grid is now in proper order to look at tiebreakers for seeding and making the eight-team field.

Also, special thanks to Tom Utescher for providing pictures that will enable this report to switch over to being housed in PhilahoopsW but not just yet.

The Guru will tweet @womhoopsguru when photos have gone in play.


Team, Won-Loss, Pct., GB, Pts., Opp. Points

1-Hunter Green, 4-0, 1.000, ---, 283, 245
2-White, 3-0, 1.000, 0.5, 171, 126
3-Gold, 3-1, .750, 1.0, 223, 192
3-Sky Blue, 3-1, .750, 1.0 , 251, 214
5-Purple, 2-1, .667, 1.5, 163, 154
6-Kelly Green, 2-2, .500, 2.0 , 259, 239
6-Navy Blue, 2-2, .500, 2.0, 210, 233
8-Royal Blue, 1-2, .333, 2.5, 138, 160
8-Red, 1-2, .333, 2.5, 181, 165
10-Maroon, 1-3, .250,, 3.0, 198, 231
10-Black, 1-3, .250, 3.0, 213, 228
10-Heather Grey, 1-3, .250, 3.0 , 209, 230
13-Orange, 0-4, .000, 4.0, 170, 232

Running Grid
This becomes the tracking tie-breaker and seeding guide in a few weeks for the eight-team playoffs, which will begin after the regular season ends July 30.

Hunt. G. vs. Red (W), vs. Orange (W), Maroon (W), vs.. Kelly G (W)
White vs. Red (W), vs. Orange (W), vs. Maroon (W)
Gold vs. Purple (W), vs. N.B. (L), vs. Sky B. (W), vs. Heath. Grey (W)
Sky B. vs. Maroon (W), vs. Kelly G (W), vs. Gold (L), vs. Black (W)
Purple vs. Gold (L), vs. Black (W, OT), vs. R.B (W)
Kelly G. vs. N.B. (W), vs. Sky B, (L), vs. Heath. Grey (W), vs. Hunt G. (L)
N.B. vs. Kelly G. (L), vs. Gold (W), vs. Black (W), vs. R.B. (L)
R.B. vs. Black (L), vs. Purple (L), vs. N.B. (W)
Red vs. Hunt G. (L), vs. White (L), vs. Orange (W)
Maroon vs. Sky B. (L), vs. Heath. Grey (W), vs. Hunt G. (L), vs. White (L)
Black vs. R.B. (W), vs. Purple (L, OT), vs. N.B. (L), vs. Sky B (L)
Heath. Grey vs. Orange (W), vs. Maroon (L), vs. Kelly G. (L), vs. Gold (L)
Orange vs. Heath. Grey (L), vs. Hunt G. (L), vs. White (L), vs. Red (L)

Top Individual Peformances (20 or points)

27 Pts.: Kathryn Stockbower, Heather Grey (W) vs. Orange, June 18
26 Pts.: Brittany Sicinski, Sky Blue (W) vs. Black, June 27
25 Pts.: Erin Shields, Hunter Green (W) vs. Red, June 18
25 Pts.: Erin Shields, Hunter Green (W) vs. Orange, June 20
23 Pts.: Katie Kuester, Hunter Green (W) vs. Red, June 18
22 Pts.: Alyssa Bonenberger, Royal, (L) vs. Purple, June 25
20 Pts.: Ciara Andrews, Navy Blue (W) vs. Black, June 25

Till next report

-- Mel

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