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.

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Guru Report II: St. Joseph's, Rutgers and Villanova Deliver Paybacks

(Guru note: Five of the PhilahoopsW who played are here as are some D2 schools. Information drawn from team reports are used here. The post above has the Penn game the guru was at and the Princeton result.)

By Mel Greenberg

It was payback Saturday for many PhilahoopsW teams with Saint Joseph’s, Villanova and Rutgers getting some revenge while down in Texas, Temple was on the wrong end of things getting even.

Saint Joseph’s, like Penn, welcomed notables of the past on Saturday and the current Hawks did not disappoint the alumni stars of yesteryear.

(Drexel and Villanova had their alumni events last weekend)

Following a tough upset loss at home to Saint Louis on Wednesday night, coach Cindy Griffin’s squad took it out on Virginia Commonwealth with a 70-51 victory over the Rams in an Atlantic 10 game at Hagan Arena.

Saint Louis, meanwhile, claimed its second straight Philadelphia Big 5 victim in A-10 conference play, returning home to beat La Salle 53-43 later in the day.

Back in the city, the Hawks, who lost to the Rams last month in Richmond, rallied from a four-point deficit to outscore VCU 41-18 the rest of the way.

Senior Erin Shields had a season-high 27 points, one of the better individual performances from players at the Guru’s 10-team local Division I coverage group PhilahoopsW schools.

Natasha Cloud had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Hawks (17-5, 6-3 Atlantic 10), who stayed in the upper portion of the conference regular season chase.

Sarah Fairbanks added 13 points to the Saint Joseph’s attack.

Robyn Parks had a team high 13 points for VCU (17-5, 5-4).

Meanwhile, La Salle (10-11, 5-4) ran into foul trouble playing St. Louis (8-13, 3-5), though Alicia Cropper had 22 points while Micahya Owens scored 12.

The Billikens rallied from an early double-digitdeficit to the Explorers and got a team-high 13 points from Desirae Ball.

Sadie Stipanovich, the cousin of Penn’s Sydney, had 11 points.

Saint Louis shot a season-high 31 foul shots, outscoring the Explorers 20-9 at the line.

La Salle hosts George Mason on Wednesday while Saint Joseph’s visits Saint Bonaventure the same night. The Hawks will then be off for a week until they meet La Salle at home for the second game of the season between the two.

The earlier meeting also involved the Big Five race and the Saint Joseph’s triumph earned this year’s championship.

Meanwhile, in the A-10 elsewhere Fordham was beaten by St. Bonaventure.

That leaves the race with Duquesne (16-6, 8-1) still in first with a two-game win advantage over defending regular season champion Dayton (13-5, 6-1).

St. Bonaventure (17-6, 6-2) is in third a half-game back of the leaders but also a half-game ahead of Fordham (17-5, 6-3), George Washington (15-7, 6-3) and Saint Joseph’s (17-5, 6-3).

VCU (17-5, 5-4) and La Salle (10-11, 5-4) are tied for seventh.

Villanova Shoots Down Creighton

The Wildcats avenged a loss early in the season in the reconfigured Big East chase to the new member Blue Jays in Omaha, Nebraska, as Caroline Coyer had 19 points in Villanova’s 68-54 victory at home at the Pavilion.

It was only the third time this year Villanova (16-5, 6-4 Big East) has shot over 50 percent.

Katherine Coyer, the twin sister of Caroline, and Devon Kame each scored 14 points while Lauren Burford had 10.

Sarah Nelson had 26 points and 11 rebounds for Creighton (13-9, 7-3).

Villanova next heads to longtime rival Providence Wednesday and then to Seton Hall next Sunday before returning home to meet new member Butler a week from Wednesday.

Saint John’s (16-5, 9-1) currently leads the conference followed by DePaul (17-5, 8-2), Creighton (13-9, 7-3) and then Villanova, which is 1-3 against the teams above the Wildcats.

Rutgers Avenges Memphis and Temple Skid Continues

It was a tale of two paybacks in opposite directions Saturday in the American Athletic Conference as Rutgers got even for last month’s overtime loss to Memphis in Tennessee by beating the Tigers 66-48 at the Louis A. Brown Athletic Center.

Rachel Hollivay had a team-high 16 points for the host Scarlet Knights (16-5, 7-3), who trail top-ranked and unbeaten Connecticut and No. 5 Louisville, which won at Rutgers last time out, in the conference standings.

Betnijah Laney had her 11th double double with 11 points and 10 rebounds and rookie Tyler Scaife scored 13 points.

Jasbriel Swain had 14 points for Memphis (11-11, 4-6).

Rutgers next hosts Cincinnati on Tuesday night.

Temple, meanwhile, was on the wrong end of the revenge factor in Dallas as SMU got even for last month’s loss in Philadelphia with an 85-75 victory.

The loss was the fourth straight dating back to the upset by Penn, the two losses as obvious underdogs to Connecticut and Rutgers, and Saturday’s setback to the Mustangs (14-7, 5-5 AAC).

The Owls (10-11, 4-6) squandered an 11-point lead.

Tyonna Williams scored 18 points for Temple with a career-high six three-pointers.

Natasha Thames and Rateska Brown each scored 15t points while Shi-Heria Shipp scored eight points off the bench and grabbed 13 rebounds.

SMU’s Keena Nays had 30 points, while Akil Simpson had 23 points and 12 rebounds.

Kiara Perry scored 11.

Temple will next head to Houston, which was picked 10th behind the Owls in the preseason. It will be the first meeting with the Cougars.

The Owls next after the road trip host Memphis on Sunday.

Temple is tied for sixth with Memphis in the standings but a game behind SMU.

Division II: Philadelphia University Continues to Roll

Following Philadelphia University’s showdown victory Tuesday night over Holy Family in what was a battle of unbeaten in the Southern Division of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference the Rams crossed divisions Saturday and went to Northern Division co-leader Caldwell in Caldwell, N.J., and kept the win streak alive with a 91-80 triumph.

Caldwell is actually a half-game behind Bloomfield in the win column.

Najah Jacobs had 21 points for Philadelphia U. (13-5, 11-0), which is one short of tying the school record of 12 straight CACC wins since joining the conference.

Alex Heck had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Rams who had lost three straight to Caldwell (11-8, 9-3).

Monica Schacker had 16 points spurred by four treys and Tori Arnao scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Jeanette Anderson had 19 points for Caldwell and Alyssa James had 18 points and 11 rebounds.

The Rams next host Wilmington of Delaware Wednesday night at 6 p.m. at the Gallagher Center.

Holy Family (12-7, 10-2) couldn’t shake off the loss Saturday and next time out fell to Bloomfield 60-56.

Maggie Serratelli scored 26 points for the Tigers.

Meanwhile, University of the Sciences of Philadelphia was back at its last-second heroics.

In Saturday’s action, Kaitlyn Schmid’s two foul shots with two seconds left in regulation gave the Devils a comeback 67-65 win in CACC action at Felician College in Rutherford, N.J., near the site of Sunday’s Super Bowl.

Brianne Traub had 17 points and 11 rebounds for USP (13-6, 8-4) while Jessica Sylvester Scored 10 points and Chisom Amaefuna had a career high 10 rebounds.

The Devils trailed by 10- points with 6.58 left in the game.

USP next hosts Chestnut Hill College at Bobby Morgan Arena on Wednesday.

And that’s the report until Sunday’s three games are over.

-- Mel

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