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, February 12, 2014

Guru Report: Stringer Gets Milestone Triumph With Rutgers Win at Houston

(Guru's note: Team reports were used to compile this post)

By Mel Greenberg

It was a quiet night Tuesday with only one school out of the 10-team PhilahoopsW group of local Division I coverage on the schedule.

But there was still a newsworthy item coming out of Rutgers' 74-42 win over Houston in the Lone Star State in The American matchup.

The triumph became Hall of Fame coach C. Vivian Stringer's 400th win with the Scarlet Knights since leaving Iowa to head back East prior to the start of the 1995-96 season when Rutgers began play in the previous version of the Big East.

Stringer, who also coached at Cheyney in the Western suburbs of Philadelphia, is now in her 19th season at the state university of New Jersey, which will be on the move again as a member of the Big 10 next season.

Overall in the 43 seasons Stringer has spent on the sidelines, she is in a select group on the win side of the column, now showing a record of 920-337 surrounding her 400-202 record at Rutgers.

Women's Basketball Hall of Famer Theresa Grentz also won 400 games with the Scarlet Knights preceding Stringer, who replaced her when Grentz, now retired, got hired at Illinois.

Stringer is also one of the few to have led three different women's programs into spots in The Associated Press weekly women's basketball rankings and was the first men's or women's coach to guide the same number into Final Four appearances, including a runnerup spot in the title game of the 2007 Women's Final Four in Cleveland.

Meanwhile, as far as the win by Rutgers (19-5, 10-3 American Athletic Conference) over the Cougars (5-19, 1-12) is concerned, the current triumph streak is now four straight as the Scarlet Knights maintain a strong hold on third place behind top-ranked and unbeaten Connecticut, the defending NCAA champion, and No. 4 Louisville, whose only lossses to date were to UConn Sunday and to Kentucky early in the season,.

Four players scored in double figures in Rutgers' largest of the season.

Philadelphian Kahleah Copper and freshman sensation Tyler Scaife, the two-time reigning American rookie of the week, each scored 16 points while Wilmington product (actually Clayton, Del.) Betnijah Laney had 14 points and redshirt sophomore Briyona Canty of Willingboro, N.J., scored 12 as a reserve.

Houston's Yaseem Thompson exploded for 24 points but everyone else on the home team in Hofheinz Arena were each held under 10 points.

Stringer's troops were on the mark from the foul line in Texas, shooting 16-for-17 on free throw attempts for their best percentage of the season.

Rutgers next returns home Saturday to the Louis A. Brown Athletic Center to host UCF in the the Scarlet Knight's annual role among teams across the nation wearing pink in "Play4Kay" games promoting breast cancer awareness.

Small College Action: Phila. U. Still Blazing Away

Several weeks ago in a conversation with longtime Philadelphia University coach and athletic director Tom Shirley, the Guru quipped that perhaps his Rams were doing quite well this season because of their participation in the Philadelphia/Suburban NCAA Women's Basketball Suburban League in Hatboro.

Shirley quipped back, "Good recruiting was also helpful."

Whatever the effect, the Rams are still a hot commodity in the Division II Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC).

They extended their new program record win streak in conference play to 14 straight with an 85-59 triumph over host Chestnut Hill (7-15, 5-10 CACC) at Sorgenti Arena just inside the city's Northwest border.

Sophomore forward Mary Newell had a game-high 18 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the Rams (16-5, 14-0), who reduced their magic number to three to clinch the Southern Division title.

Reserve Bria Young scored 14 points, Monica Schacker had 13 points, the name number as Samantha Morris, who got 11 of them in the second half, and Tori Arnao scored 12 while grabbing eight rebounds.

Chestnut Hill's Tenisha Townsend-Mobley scored 14 points and Aimee Bouie scored 12.

USP Triumphs: Meanwhile, in another Southern Division game, the University of the Sciences has a smaller streak of its own, which grew to four courtesy of a 68-59 win over Wilmington University at home in the Bobby Morgan Arena in Southwest Philadelphia.

Brianne Traub had 19 points for the Devils (16-6, 11-4 CACC), while Chisom Amaefuna scored a career-high 16 points in her second start of the season.

Megan Wolf came off the bench to score 12 points while Camille McPherson and Jessica Sylvester each dealt five assists.

Wilmington substitute Jasmine Lee had 16 points and Tasha Plumber grabbbed 11 rebounds for the Wildcats (6-17, 3-13).

Holy Family Wins The Tigers used a 17-3 surge after halftime on the road to defeat Georgian Court University 65-52 in Lakewood, N.J.

Jill Conroy had 13 points for Holy Family (14-8, 12-3) while Carolyn Heston had 11 points and Erin Fenningham scored 11 points likewise.

Brittany Baker scored 17 points for Georgian Court (3-19, 2-13), shooting 7-for-11 from the field.

Elsewhere: Haverford in Division III will try to bounce back from Saturday's overtime loss at home to McDaniel when the Fords travel to Washington College, weather permitting, in a Wednesday night matchup in the Centennial Conference.

The Fords are now in second place a half-game behind Johns Hopkins.

Immaculata is tied for first with Cabrini at 11-1, two games ahead of Neumann University in the D-3 Colonial States Athletic Conference and the Mighty Macs will be in a first-place showdown Wednesday night hosting Cabrini.

And that's everything.

-- Mel

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