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, January 10, 2014

Guru's College Report: Drexel and Delaware Grab CAA Wins

Guru's Notes. The Guru decided to remain at Penn State following the funeral for Mary Jo Haverbeck because a roundtrip in one day back to Philadelphia without the right rest is risky. Of course, this time of year -- fortunately, the Lady Lions arranged for the snow to stop before their charter landed coming back from the win at Illinois around 2 a.m.

The Guru got to State College a little into the service and miss the homily but no others spoke among the crowd of several 100 at the noon-time event. So the Guru's tribute remains the central point and some more memories have come in since the three-part post of Wednesday.

A family friend is going to try to get a copy of the priest's remarks for the Guru. There will be another post later Friday after the Guru receives some more tributes. Rosa Gatti, the former ESPN media executive attended, many from the Penn State field hockey program, former Penn State star and assistant Annie Troyan, former Penn State local writer John Dixon, and sevveral others.

The Guru spoke with Jeff Nelson of the SID office that since Mary Jo's resourceful Cup of Coffee reference women's basketball page had been claimed by the university since it was housed on their servers, perhaps it can be released to us to be placed at a CoSIDA site where it can still be maintained. The Guru proposes to change the name from Cup of Coffee to Cup of 'Jo in tribute to its creator. The USBWA on Thursday issued an official statement of mourning Thursday.

With all that said, the Guru turns to regular business with three new posts -- on this one a roundup of three games all wins, making it 7-0 by PhilahoopsW teams the last two days, a second post: Mike Siroky's weekly SEC repport, and a third in which Rob Knox offers a look at the growth of the Division III Haverford program and a focus on one of its star players.

And now the roundup:

By Mel Greenberg

Drexel and Delaware posted posted victories Thursday night in the Colonial Athletic Association, while Penn State, defending its regular season Big 10 title, railled on the road to beat Illinois.

Delaware has yet to lose two games into the CAA where the Blue Hens are defending their two straight seasons of perfection for conference championshps.

Of course, they are doing it with a much young squad though Kelsey Buchanan is morphing into a modified version of graduate superstar Elena Delle Donne.

Buchanan, the reigning CAA player of the week, had 20 points and 12 rebounds as Delaware grabbed a road win at William & Mary 57-39 in Williamsburg, Va.

It was her fourth douuble double of the season for the Blue Hens (10-3,2-0 CAA) who have won 44 straight games in the conference.

Freshman Erika Brown scored 11 points and grabbed a career-high seven rebounds. Canadian Hannah Jardine, another newcomer, made her first start playing against Wiilliam & Mary (3-10, 0-1) and had a career high seven rebounds, while freshman Shanice Johnson had nine points and six rebounds.

"We really tuned in and played good defense today," said longtime Delaware coach Tina Martin."I feel really good about the team effort, defensively. This is a tough place to play and it's a big win on the road so I'm really happy about that."

She'll be ecstatic with a road win on Sunday because now Delaware heads to conference favorite James Madison in Harrisonburg,Va., where the Duchesses are itching to end the hex of the last two seasons.

Drexel, meanwhile, after playing the toughest out-of-league schedule in the CAA, saw the start of conference play Thursday night at the Dragons' Daslakakis Athletic Center as a new beginning.

Coach Denise Dillon's team, keeping up with the theme played a CAA newbie in College of Charleston, making its first conference start.

With outside having brought mixed results, the Dragons decided to try the inside route, according to the SID game report, and succeeded with a 68-55 victory to improve to 6-8 to go with the 1-0 opening conference record.

Abby Redick, sister of former Duke star JJ, had her first career double double with personal bests of 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Sarah Curran and Meeghan Creighton each scored 11 points -- Ceighton also tied her career high with seven assists -- while Rachel Pearson scored 10 and Fiona Flanagan had nine points.

Jamila Thompson saw her first action since early November and hd five points, five rebounds and four assists as College of Charleston dropped to exactly .500 at 7-7.

Drexel gets a week off before heading to William & Mary next Thursday followed the ensuing Sunday with the first of two showdowns with Delaware, this one on the road.

Penn State Rallies at Illinois

The Lady Lions appeared like they would join several other nationally-ranked teams in the Big 10 on the upset victims table when they went down 12 in the first half.

But No. 15 Penn State bounced back for an 82-76 ein over Illinois as Narberth's Maggie Lucas had 24 points and Ariel Edwards went the double double route with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Peyton Whitted had her best showing in college with nine points and 10 rebounds.

Lucas was 10-f0r-10 from the line while Wilmington's Dara Taylor scored 17 points.

llinois in the first week of conference play is winless at 0-2 and is 7-8 overall, dropping below .500 with the loss.

The Lady Lion on Sunday will host Purdue in a key Big 10 pairing at 3 p.m. on ESPN.

All PhilahoopsW teams are idle Friday but the Guru will be back to set up Saturday's matchups by sunrise.

-- Mel

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