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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 21, 2013

Philly Summer League: Saint Joe's Shields Tallies 25 Again for Hunter Green

By Mel Greenberg

After gaining most improved honors last winter from both the Atlantic 10 Conference and Philadelphia Big 5, Saint Joseph's incoming senior Erin Shields, a graduate of Archbishop Carroll, is off to a roaring start this summer.

Shields, who is playing with sisters Kerri, a recent graduate of Boston College, and Shannon, a sophomore at the University of San Diego, again blasted the nets for 25 points to lead Hunter Green to a 67-56 win over Orange in the second night of action Thursday in the Philadelphia/Suburban NCAA Women's Basketball Summer League at Kelly Bolish Gym, home of the AAU Renegades in Willow Grove Business Park.

Brooke Muller, a 2010 graduate of Division III Dickinson College, added 14 points as the league quickly got down to just three unbeaten teams while three others have yet to win and the other seven in the 13-team competition are all even at 1-1.

Shields on Thursday was the only player to hit the breakout 20 or more points individual citations listed down below.

Ryann Fiascki, a junior at East Stroudsburg, scored 11 points for Orange (0-2), while Lauren Gold, a freshman at Shippensburg, scored nine.

White (1-0), which had the nightly bye in Tuesday's openers, got off to a winning start with a 63-52 win over Red (0-2) as Catherine Carr, a 2011 graduate of Division II power Holy Family, scored 17 points and Jasmine Elum, a 2012 grad of Bethune-Cookman, scored 12 for the squad coached by Keith Wood.

Junior Stephanie Keys, on the Red squad dominated by her Division III Scranton teammates, had 10 points, while Scranton sophomore Jaclyn Glantz scored eight points.

Sky Blue, dominated by Division II West Chester, won a narrrow 68-65 win over Kelly Green (1-1) to become the third unbeaten team, tying Hunter Green at 2-0, as Taylor Bryant, who was enrolled at Delaware last year but did not play with the Blue Hens, scored 17 points.

Brittany Sicinski, a sophomore for the Golden Rams, and Chikisha Steele-Hook, also a sophomore for WC, each scored 14 points, and Kendall Benovy, a Golden Rams junior, added 11 points.

Brittany Wood, a junior at Division III Delaware Vallley, had 16 points for Kelly Green, and Mary Ellen McCollum, a junior at Holy Family, had 11 points.

The most contested of several of the six games, saw Purple (1-1) break into the win column with a 67-63 win over Team Black (1-1) in overtime as Megan Gallagher, a senior at Division III DeSales, scored 13 points, while Division III Dowling junior Christine Verrelle scored 12, and Division III Gettysburg College sophomore Jessica Porter, scored 11.

Team Black, dominated by Division II Philadelphia University, got 14 points from Rams senior Samantha Morris, 11 from recent grad Megan Finn, and 10 from junior Bria Young.

The other two games are listed in the recaps down below.

Looking Ahead

On Tuesday night, the three unbeaten teams could keep their opening win streaks alive alive when Sky Blue (2-0) plays Gold (1-1) on Court 3 in the 7 p.m. game, while White (1-0) meets Orange on Court 1 and Hunter Green (2-0) meets Maroon (1-1) on Court 2 in the 8:15 p.m. games.

Here is the entire slate with records for Tuesday action also with an eye also to next Thursday night’s games.

Tuesday, June 25

7 p.m. Royal (0-1) vs. Purple (1-1), Court 1
Navy (1-1) vs. Black (1-1), Court 2
Gold (1-1) vs. Sky Blue, (2-0) Court 3

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

Thursday, June 27

7 p.m. Red vs. Orange, Court 1
White vs. Maroon, Court 2
Hunter Green vs. Kelly Green, Court 3

8:15 p.m.Royal Blue vs. Navy Blue, Court 1
Black vs. Sky Blue, Court 2
Gold vs. Heather Grey, Court 3
Bye: Purple (1-1)

Thursday Overall Recaps Not Mentioned

Navy Blue 58, Gold 54: Lindsay Hoskins, a Lehigh senior, got her squad into the winners column (1-1), with 16 points, while Daphne Ginn, a Stevens Tech freshman, used five 3-pointers to account for all 15 of her total, and Kelsey Berger, a Saint Joseph's senior, scored 13.

Maureen Leahy, a sophomore at Bryant, had 17 points as Gold fell to 1-1, while Mackenzie Rule, a Saint Joseph's freshman, and Eliza Polli, a recent graduate of Division III Swarthmore, each scored eight points.

Gold coach Ted Hagedorn had guided another squad he had last summer to an unbeaten title in the league and also was the championship coach in 2011.

Maroon 55, Heather Grey 43: The winners, dominated by Division II University of the Sciences of Philadelphia, quickly got to .500 while Heather Grey's first loss dropped them to a similar record.

Brianne Traub, who is on a five-year program targeting 2017 graduation for the Devils, scored 11 points for the winners, and Amber Reiley, a sophomore at USP, scored seven points.

Lehigh sophomore Kerry Kinek had 11 points for Heather Grey, while Division III Haverford junior Pallavi Juneja scored eight points, and Fords senior Hope Rainey scored seven points.

Injury Report

The season was only minutes old on Tuesday night when Lehigh junior Liz Sharlow of Team Purple took an elbow and went to for medical help to receive a few stitches in her lip.

According to the commissioner, David Kesssler, now in his 20th year at the summer helm, she is ok and will be back in action next week.

Philadelphia University sophomore Mary Newell of Team Black suffered a sprained left shoulder Tuesday but is also ok.


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

1-Hunter Green, 2-0, 1.000, ---, 136, 119
1-Sky Blue, 2-0, 1.000, --- , 124,111
3-White, 1-0, 1.000, 0.5, 63, 52
4-Black, 1-1, .500, 1.0, 113, 98
4-Kelly Green, 1-1, .500, 1.0 , 130, 112
4-Gold, 1-1, .500, 1.0, 101, 99
4-Heather Grey, 1-1, .500, 1.0 , 107, 97
4-Navy Blue, 1-1, .500, 1.0, 102, 119
4-Maroon, 1-1, ..500, 1.0, 101, 99
4-Purple, 1-1, .500, 1.0, 108, 110
11-Royal Blue, 0-1, .000, 1.5, 31, 50
11-Red, 0-2, .000, 2.0, 126, 121
13-Orange, 0-2, .000, 2.0, 98, 131

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.

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

Top Individual Peformances (20 or points)

27 Pts.: Kathryn Stockbower, Heather Grey (W) vs. Orange, June 18
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

Till next report

-- Mel

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