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, July 24, 2013

Philly Summer League: Leaders Maintain Pace While Purple and Red Boost Playoff Field to Six

By Mel Greenberg

Hunter Green and White continued their 1-2 race at the top of the standiings, third-place Gold lost a little ground serving the nightly bye while Red and Purple stayed tied for fifth behind fourth-place Maroon but became the fifth and sixth teams to qualify for the eight-team playoffs with a logjam of hopefuls under them fighting for the final spots.

That's how it went Tuesday night in the Philadelphia/Suburban Women's NCAA Summer Basketball League at Kelly Bolish Gym, home of the AAU Renegades as the regular season approached its final two nights on Thursday and then next Tuesday.

Playoffs in quarterfinal action will begin a week from Thursday before advancing to two semifinals and on to just one night, winner-take-all, for the championship early next month.

In terms of the milestone tracker, four players had individual performances of 20 or more points with Lehigh sophomore Liz Sharlow hitting the mark again for Purple, scoring a night-best 25 points in a key 58-47 win over Orange.

Three players reached the category for the first time in Villanova junior Emily Leer scoring 21 points for White in a 66-49 win over Sky Blue to stay a half-game behind first-place Hunter Green while Penn junior Kara Bonenberger had 23 for Royal Blue in a narrow 65-60 loss to Maroon and Jacqueline McCarron, a Division II Philadelphia University sophomore, had 21 for Black in a key 72-66 win over Kelly Green to move into sole possession of eighth place.

It may be difficult to stay there over the final two nights as detailed in coverage below.

Hunter Green (11-1) got another standout effort from the Shields sisters to stay in first by taking a 73-57 win over Heather Grey (3-7), which is barely hanging on for a playoff spot.

Erin Shields, an incoming Saint Joseph's senior who has had 20 or more points five nights this summer, had another of near-miss on the milestone but was productive enough with 19 points. Kerri Shields, a recent graduate of Boston College, scored 10 points as did sister Shannon, a sophomore at the University of San Diego. Ten points was also registered by Lauren Crisler, an incoming freshman at American University.

Hunter Green has Thursday night off serving the next nightly bye in the 13-team league before trying to wrap up the No. 1 seed next Tuesday night.

Meanwhile Lehigh sophomore Kerry Kinek scored 16 points for Heather Grey and Pallavi Juneja, a junior at Division III Haverford, scored 11 points.

Besides Leer's points for White (9-1), Jasmine Elum, a graduate of Bethune-Cookman, scored 10 points.

Sky Blue (5-5), composed primarily of Division II West Chester, dropped into seventh place as Golden Rams sophomore Brittany Sicinski scored scored 15 points and West Chester junior Serifat Junaid scored 10.

In one of the four closely competitive games Maroon (7-4), composed primarily of Division II University of the Sciences of Philadelphia, held fourth with a 65-60 win over Royal Blue (1-9) as the Devils' Brianne Traub scored 14 points and Kaitlin Cole scored 10.

Maroon has just one game remaining on Thursday before taking the final bye next Tuesday on the league's 12-game schedule.

Royal Blue, which is tied for 12th but listed 13th off a head-to-head loss to Orange, got an additional 10 points from Kelsey Watson, a an incoming Division II freshman at Kutztown, besides Bonenberger's big night.

In a game between two teams fighting for final playoff spots and who are winter rivals in the Division II Central AtlanticCollegiate Conference Black, composed primarily of Philadelphia University, rode McCarron's 21 points, to gain a narrow 72-66 win over Kelly Green (3-7), composed primarily of Holy Family which fell into a three-way ninth-place tie.

Rams recent grad Megan Finn scored 11 points for Black, while Bria Young, a Philly U. junior, had 10 points, sophomore Mary Newell scored nine points, and junior Najah Jacobs scored eight.

Newell also made points with longtime league commissioner David Kessler, now in his 2oth seeason, by finding and returning $40 that he somehow managed to drop in the gym and didn't realize it was missing.

Kessler said that loot is part of the fees paid to the scorekeepers working the tables at the three courts that each house a doubleheader on Tuesday and Thursdays.

One of the workers Tuesday night was Joslin Poole, back on the books, but also recovering from a knee injury that she hopes won't affect her senior year at Abington High, according to the commissioner.

Kelly Green, still very much alive for the postseason despite the loss, got 19 points from Mary Ellen McCollum, a Holy Family junior, while Erin Fenningham, a Tigers sophomore, scored 13 points, and senior Maggie Serratelli scored 11 points.

The other two games are in the re-caps area down below.

Looking Ahead

Since first-place Hunter Green has Thursday night off, White (9-1) with a win over Heather Grey (3-7) in the 8:15 p..m. on Court 1 would erase its half-game deficit in the standings and move into a tie at the top. However, since White lost to Hunter Green it would need to win next Tuesday over Black and Hunter Green to lose to Royal Blue to take the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

White can finish no worse than third.

Gold (8-2) in third place a game back comes off Tuesday's bye and meets Black (4-6) at 7 p.m. Thursday on Court 1 in a key game for both teams before Gold wraps up next Tuesday against Red.

If Hunter Green and White lose their remaining games and Gold wins both its contests it then would tie Hunter Green for first and take the No. 1 seed off a head-to--head win and White would be third.

Depending what happens Thursday, going the other way Gold has a two-game lead in third over Maroon (7-4), Red (6-4), and Purple (7-4) and holds the tie-break in head-to-competition with all but Red, which Gold meets Tuesday in what could be a key game if Red beats Sky Blue (5-5) on Thursday.

With only less than 48 hours between Tuesday night's results and the next set of action it is moot to get into every potential tiebreak since after Thursday all the possibilities off next Tuesday night's final action would be easier to clarify.

At the monent Black is alone in eighth place but even though it beat Kelly Green Tuesday night, Black has a tougher two-game finish meeting Gold Thursday night, as mentioned earlier in this section, and then wraps up with White so it is going two of the top three teams in the standings.

Kelly Green (3-7), on the other hand, now locked in a three-way tie for ninth with Navy Blue and Heather Grey, has a much easier road to one of the two remaining playoff spots, meeting Royal Blue (1-9) at 7 p.m. Thursday on Court 2 and then finishes next Tuesday against Orange (1-9), the two teams tied for last.

Sky Blue (7-5), which fell to seventh, is virtually in the playoffs since it could emerge from a potential five-way tie for a spot next Tuesday, but the group could help itself with a key game Thursday night against Red at 8:15 p.m. on Court 2 before wrapping up Tuesday against Navy Blue.

Maroon (7-4) alone in fourth place, wraps up its regular season Thursday against Purple (6-4) at 7 p.m. on Court 3 and then will be idle on Tuesday as the last of the 13 teams to serve its bye.

Navy Blue (3-7) in Thursday's other game will be looking for a win over Otange (1-9) at 8:15 p.m. on Court 3 to strengthen its playoff aspirations before finishing out Tuesday at 7 p.m. on Court 1 against Sky Blue.

The teams with remaining byes as mentioned are Hunter Green on Thursday and Maroon on the final night of the regular season next Tuesday.

Thursday's complete schedule with team records is listed next followed by the remaining regular season schedule of six games next5 Tuesday and then the playoffs through the championship game.

Thursday, July 25

7 p.m. Gold (8-2) vs Black (4-6), Court 1
Kelly Green (3-7) vs. Royal Blue (1-9), Court 2
Maroon (7-4) vs. Purple (6-4), Court 3

8:15 p.m. Heather Grey (3-7) vs. White (9-1), Court 1
Sky Blue (5-5) vs. Red (6-4), Court 2
Navy Blue (3-7) vs. Orange (1-9), Court 3
Bye: Hunter Green

Tuesday, July 30 (End of Regular Season)

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

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


Thurday, Aug. 1
7:15 p.m. 8th Place vs. 1st Place, Court 1
6th Place vs. 3rd Place, Court 2

8:15 p.m. 7th place vs. 2d Place, Court 1
5th Place vs. 4th Place, Court 2


Tuesday, Aug. 6
Court 1

7 p.m. Highest seed survivor vs. Lowest seed survivor
<8:15 p.m. Other two quarterfinals survivors

Thursday, Aug. 8
Court 1

7 p.m. Championship winner take all

Tuesday's Remaining Overall Recaps

Red 57, Navy Blue 49: The Red team (6-4), one of the surprises of the summer as Division III Scranton entry which is on a five-game win streak, stayed tied for fifth and in the fourth seed ahead of Purple, though it was Lafayette junior Emily Homan leading the way with 16 points while Scranton sophomore Noelle Alicea scored 10 points.

Navy Blue (3-7), fighting for one of the remaining playoff spots, got 15 points from Kelsey Berger, a Saint Joseph's senior, and 13 from Amina Affini, a Lehigh sophomore.

Purple 58, Orange 47 Behind Sharlow's 25 mentioned in the opening of the blog, Purple (6-4) snapped a three-game losing streak and kept pace with Red in the upper part of the standings as Alyssa Isler, a Division III Getttysburg senior, got 12 points, and 11 from Meg Gallagher, a Divisiion III DeSales senior.

Orange (1-9) got 14 points from Helena Gemmell, a Division II East Stroudsburg sophomore, while Danielle Derr, a recent Division II Bloomsburg graduate, scored 12 points, and East Stroudsburg junior Ryann Fiascki scored 10 points.

Injury Report

After suffering a string of mishaps, at signoff following last Tuesday's action there were no reports of any new injuries for the second straight night.

Explaining the Standings

Once again this time around the standings are still in their natural tiebreaking state for the moment in terms of seeding order if regular season play ended today, though not everybody has yet to play the same number of games because of the nightly byes.

For those who have already taken their byes two games remain while Hunter Green and Maroon have just one left because of their respective nights off.

Right now Hunter Green, White, Gold, and Maroon hold the first four spots all alone because of records and all have clinched playoff berths as mentioned above.

Red and Purple each won their games to stay tied for fifth with Red in the fifth slot off a head-to-head win and both claimed access to the playoffs since neither can finish worse than seventh leaving just two remaining slots for the postseason action that begins with quarterfinals next Thursday.

Sky Blue is alone in seventh off its 5-5 record while Black is alone in the eighth and final slot with two games remaining.

However, as mentioned above, Black is in a very precarious situation heading into its final two games.

Just a game back of Black and tied for ninth and still alive in the playoff hunt are Kelly Green (3-7), Navy Blue and Heather Grey.

That leaves Royal Blue (1-9) and Orange (1-9), which both lost Tuesday, tied for 12th with Orange in the 12th slot off last week's lone triumph that came in a head-to-head matchup with Royal Blue.

In breaking the three-way tie for ninth, among the trio Kelly Green is 2-0 for ninth, Navy Blue is 1-1 to be placed in the 1oth slot, while Heather Grey is 0-2 to be placed at 11th.

It's possible a five-way tie among Black, Sky Blue, Kelly Green, Navy Blue and Heather Grey could occur for the final two playoff slots after next Tuesday's action concludes.

For entertainment purposes, the Guru will give you this one. In creating a mini-league to get the seventh qualifier, Navy Blue would emerge off what would be a 3-1 record against the other four.

In the same group, Black, Sky Blue and Kelly Green would all be 2-2 to keep things going but Heather Grey would drop out at 1-3.

So then for the final spot in a three-way break Sky Blue would move forward for the eighth seed off a 2-0 record in the trio, while Black (1-1) and Kelly Green (0-2) would be eliminated.

The Guru will do more after Thursday night but here are the remaining games left for the teams alive but who have not yet qualified for the remaining two slots.

Sky B. vs. Red, 7/25; vs. . Navy Blue, 7/30
K.G. vs. R.B., 7/25; vs. Orange, 7/30
N.B. vs. Orange, 7/25; vs. Sky Blue, 7/30
Black vs. Gold, 7/25; vs. White, 7/30
Heath G. vs. White, 7/25; vs. Purple, 7/30

The running grid is now in proper order to look at tiebreakers for seeding and making the eight-team field, though while the big gridlocks have been reduced to small knots, enough games, as has just been illustrated, are left to either create some headaches at the pre-playoff finish or everything may be resolved without much angst caused to the commissioner and the Guru, his standings consulting officer.

Also, continued special thanks to Tom Utescher for providing pictures that will enable this report to switch over to being housed in PhilahoopsW and a duplicate of last Thursday's report of 7/18 here is now over at http://philahoopsw.com to see what the future of coverage may be.

The Guru will tweet @womhoopsguru when photos and coverage at philahoopsw are in play.


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

%-1-Hunter Green, 10-1, .909, ---, 757, 662
%-2-White, 9-1, .900, 0.5, 595, 443
%-3-Gold, 8-2, .800, 1.5, 500, 463
%-4-Maroon, 7-4, .636, 3.0, 591, 586
%-5-Red, 6-4, .600, 3.5, 603, 548
%-5-Purple, 6-4, .600, 3.5, 585, 576
7-Sky Blue, 5-5, .500, 4.5 , 627, 602
8-Black, 4-6, .400, 5.5, 571, 606
8-Kelly Green, 3-7, .300, 6.5 , 596, 621
8-Navy Blue, 3-7, .300, 6.5, 536, 623
8-Heather Grey, 3-7, .300, 6.5, 595, 597
12-Orange, 1-9, .100, 7.5, 468, 568
12-Royal Blue, 1-9, .100, 7.5, 407, 539

%-Clinched playoff spot

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.

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

2-White vs. Red (W), vs. Orange (W), vs. Maroon (W), vs. Kelly Green (W), vs. Gold (W), vs. Hunt. G. (L), vs. R.B. (W-Forfeit), vs. Purple (W), vs. N.B. (W), vs. Sky Blue (W)

3-Gold vs. Purple (W), vs. N.B. (L), vs. Sky B. (W), vs. Heath. Grey (W), vs. Hunt G. (W), vs. White (L), vs. R.B. (W-Forfeit), vs. Orange (W), vs. Maroon (W), vs. Kelly G. (W)

4-Maroon vs. Sky B. (L), vs. Heath. Grey (W), vs. Hunt G. (L), vs. White (L), vs. Red (W), vs. Orange (W), vs. N.B. (W), vs. Kelly G. (W), vs. Gold (L), vs. Black (W), vs. Royal Blue (W)

5-Red vs. Hunt G. (L), vs. White (L), vs. Orange (W), vs. Maroon (L), vs. Kelly Green (L), vs. Heath. Grey (W), vs. vs. Black (W), vs. R.B. (W), vs. Purple (W), vs. Navy Blue (W)

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

7-Sky B. vs. Maroon (W), vs. Kelly G (W), vs. Gold (L), vs. Black (W), vs. R.B. (W), vs. Purple (L), vs. Orange (W), vs Heath. Grey (L), Hunt G. (L), vs. Hunt G. (L)

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

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

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

9-Heath. Grey vs. Orange (W), vs. Maroon (L), vs. Kelly G. (L), vs. Gold (L), vs. Black (L), vs. R.B. (W), vs. Red (L), vs. N.B. (L), vs. Sky Blue (W), vs. Hunt. Green (L)

12-Orange vs. Heath. Grey (L), vs. Hunt G. (L), vs. White (L), vs. Red (L), vs. Maroon (L), vs. Sky B (L), vs. Gold (L), vs. Black (L), vs. Royal Blue (W), vs. Purple (L)

12-R.B. vs. Black (L), vs. Purple (L), vs. N.B. (W), vs. Sky B. (L), vs. Heath. Grey (L), vs. Gold (L-Forfeit), vs. White (L-Forfeit), vs. Red (L), vs. Orange (L), vs. Maroon (L)

Top Individual Peformances (20 or more points)

32 Pts.: Kerry Kinek, Heather Grey (W), vs. Sky Blue, July 16
29 Pts.: Erin Shields, Hunter Green, (W) vs. White, July 10
27 Pts.: Kathryn Stockbower, Heather Grey (W) vs. Orange, June 18
26 Pts.: Brittany Sicinski, Sky Blue (W) vs. Black, June 27
26 Pts.: Erin Shields, 25 Pts.: Hunter Green (W) vs. Navy Blue, July 16
25 Pts.: Erin Shields, Hunter Green (W) vs. Red, June 18
25 Pts.: Erin Shields, Hunter Green (W) vs. Orange, June 20
25 Pts.: Brittany Sicinski, Sky Blue (W) vs. Royal Blue, July 2
25 Pts.: Liz Sharlow, Purple (W) vs. Orange, July 23
24 Pts.: Ciara Andrews, Navy Blue (L) vs. Maroon, July 10
23 Pts.: Katie Kuester, Hunter Green (W) vs. Red, June 18
23 Pts.: Catherine Carr, White (L) vs. Hunter Green, July 10
23 Pts.: Liz Sharlow, Purple (L) vs. White, July 16
23 Pts.: Kara Bonenberger, Royal Blue (L) vs. Maroon, July 23
22 Pts.: Alyssa Bonenberger, Royal (L) vs. Purple, June 25
22 Pts.: Kelsey Watson, Royal (L) vs. Sky Blue, July 2
21 Pts.: Kendall Benovy, Sky Blue (W), vs. Black, July 2
21 Pts: Ashley Wood, White (W) vs. Kelly Green, July 2
21 Pts.: Erin Shields, Hunter Green (L) vs. Gold, July 2
21 Pts.: Ciara Andrews, Navy Blue (L-OT)., vs. Purple, July 2
21 Pts.: Brittany Wood, Kelly Green (L) vs. Purple, July 10
21 Pts: Liz Sharlow, Purple (L) vs. Hunter Green, July 11
21 Pts: Kerry Kinek, Heather Grey (L) vs. Navy Blue, July 11
21 Pts: Emily Leer, White (W) vs. Sky Blue, July 23
21 Pts.: Jacqueline McCarron, Black (W), July 23
20 Pts.: Ciara Andrews, Navy Blue (W) vs. Black, June 25
20 Pts.: Camille McPherson, Maroon (W) vs. Red, July 2
20 Pts.: Brittany Sicinski, Sky Blue (L) vs. Purple, July 9
20 Pts.: Brittany Sicinski, SkyBlue (W) vs. Orange, July 10

Till next report

-- Mel

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