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 26, 2013

Philly Summer League: Saint Joseph's Stars Lead Three Different Teams to Wins

By Mel Greenberg

Three Saint Joseph's players factored into being the high scorers for their respective teams in gaining half of the wins on the six-game card Tuesday night in the Philadelphia/Suburban NCAA Women's Basketball League at Kelly Bolish Gym, home of the AAU Renegades.

Incoming Hawk senior Erin Shields just missed hitting 20 points or more points for the third time in as many nights but her 19 points aided by 15 from sister Shannon, a sophomore at the University of San Diego, enabbled unbeaten Hunter Green (3-0) to take sole-possession of first place by a half-game over White (2-0) after beating Maroon 79-62.

Jessica Pongonis, an incoming Saint Joseph's freshman, added 1 points to the Hunter Green attack.

Maroon (1-2), dominated by Divisiion II University of the Sciences of Philadelphia players, got 15 points from Brianne Traub, 14 from Jessica Sylvester, and 12 from Isabelle Ross.

Natasha Cloud, a Saint Joseph's junior, scored 16 points to help Gold (2-1) move into a five-way tie for third with the narrowest win of the night -- a 54-53 triumph not knocked Sky Blue (2-1) from the unbeaten column.

Mackenzie Rule, another Saint Joseph's incoming freshman, added eight points while former La Salle Explorer Michelle McCaughren scored seven points.

Sky Blue, dominated by Division II West Chester players, got 13 points from Chikisha Steele-Hook, 11 from Delaware student Taylor Bryant, and 10 from Emily Torrance, a Golden Rams incoming freshman.

Ciara Andrrews, one of two players hitting the 20-point plus milestone Tuesday night, got exactly 20 to lead Navy Blue (2-1) to a 56-51 win over Black (1-2) while Amina Affini, a Lehigh sophomore, added 12 points.

Black, dominated by Division II Philadelphia University, got nine points from Bria Young, and eight each from Alexandra Heck, Jaclyn Panichi, and Monica Schacker.

White, which had an opening night bye last week and has played one less than most teams, kept pace a half-game behind Hunter Green with a 55-39 triumph over Orange (0-3), one of three winless teams heading into Thursday's Night No. 4 of competition.

Jasmine Elum, a 2012 Bethune-Cookman graduate, led the winners, scoring 17 points, while Kutztown recent grad Ashley Wood, the daughter of Team White coach Keith Wood, had eight points, as did Tyshay Britten, who plays in the winter for Manor.

Orange got 14 points from East Stroudsburg junior Ryann Fiascki and 12 from her junior school teammate Helena Gemmell.

The other two games are in the summary below.

Looking Ahead

On Thursday night, at least one of the three remaining winless teams will get to the victory column off the matchup bettween Red (0-2) and Orange (0-3) on Court 1 at 7 p.m.

When first place Hunter Green (3-0) meets Gold (2-1) in the 8:15 p.m. contest 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 a week from 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 Thursday's action also with an eye also to next Tuesday night’s games.

Thursday, June 27

7 p.m. Red (0-2) vs. Orange (0-3), Court 1
White (2-0) vs. Maroon (1-2), Court 2
Hunter Green (3-0) vs. Kelly Green (2-1), Court 3

8:15 p.m.Royal Blue (0-2) vs. Navy Blue (2-1), Court 1
Black (1-2) vs. Sky Blue (2-1), Court 2
Gold (2-1) vs. Heather Grey (1-2), Court 3
Bye: Purple (1-1)

Tuesday, July 2

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

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

Thursday, July 4

No games due to Independence Day

Tuesday Overall Recaps Not Mentioned

Purple 55, Royal Blue 44: Megan Gallagher, a Division III senior at DeSales, goty 12 points to move Purple (2-1) into that five-way tie for third, while Jessica Porter, a Division III Gettysburg College sophomore, got 11 points, and Gettysburg senior Alyssa Isler scored 10 points.

The Bonenberger sisters from Northampton, Pa., did most of the damage for Royal Blue (0-2), still looking for a win, as Alyssa, a Kutztown juior, scored 22 - the first time this season a player had 20 or more points on the losing side -- while Kara, a junior at Penn, scored 13 points.

Kelly Green 64, Heather Grey 59: Carolyne Heston, one of a slew of roster players from Division II Holy Famly, had 11 points for Kelly Green (2-1), junior Mary Ellen McCollum scored 10, and recent Tigers grad Erin Mann scored nine as did Juniata incoming freshman Sarah Sherman.

Heather Grey, which fell to 1-2, got 16 points from Lehigh sophomore Kerry Kinek, one of the top newcomers to the Philly Summer League in 2012, and 10 from former Swarthmore star Kathryn Stockbower, who holds the Division III career record for double doubles.

Red, which is dominated by Division III Scranton players, had the nightly bye. Purple gets the night off Thursday, while Orange will be idle next Tuesday.

Quick Notes

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

For now, the standings are listed by percentages and teams in the deadlock situation are not yet listed in what would be the seed order if the playoffs were approaching at the end of July.

The running grid also is just a list before it is put 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, 3-0, 1.000, ---, 215, 181
2-White, 2-0, 1.000, 0.5, 118, 90
3-Sky Blue, 2-1, .667, 1.0 , 177, 165
3-Navy Blue, 2-1, .667, 1.0, 158, 170
3-Gold, 2-1, .667, 1.0, 155, 152
3-Purple, 2-1, .667, 1.0, 163, 154
3-Kelly Green, 2-1, .667, 1.0 , 195, 171
8-Black, 1-2, .333, 2.0, 164, 154
8-Heather Grey, 1-2, .333, 2.0 , 166, 162
8-Maroon, 1-2, .333, 2.0, 163, 178
11-Royal Blue, 0-2, .000, 2.5, 75, 105
11-Red, 0-2, .000, 2.5, 115, 132
13-Orange, 0-3, .000, 3.0, 136, 186

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

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
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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