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, June 27, 2014

Philly Summer League: Stipa's Scoring Explosion Keeps Purple Perfect

By Mel Greenberg

HATBORO, Pa. --
Lafayette incoming freshman Samantha Stipa of Spring-Ford High had Thursday night's top performance, as well as that of the young season, with 27 points, while in the most competitive game of the five played saw Red get its first win of the season by edging Black 55-54 in the Philadelphia/Suburban Women's NCAA Summer Basketball League to complete the first week of play.

There was one forfeit with Maroon beating Kelly Green 2-0 in terms of the sixth game at Kelly Bolish Gym, home of the AAU Renegades in Willow Grove Industrial Commons.

Four players overall scored 20 or more points to add to the ongoing honor roll in that category.

Five teams stay unbeaten -- four at 2-0 and Sky Blue, which had a bye on Tuesday's opening night, at 1-0.

Here are the recaps:

Red 55, Black 54 -- It is not known, based on the information provided, whether the outcome was decided on a last second successful shot or defensive rejection, but Red team's Lauren Rothfeld, a sophomore at Saisbury in Maryland out of Upper Dublin, had 11 points, while Tuga Goff, a sophomore at Rosemont, also out of Upper Dublin, had nine points and a pair of three-pointers.

Likewise, Catey McFadden, an incoming Wikes' freshman out of Archbishop Wood, had nine points with a pair of treys for Red (1-1).

The Black (0-2) squad, which is also the Division II-Philadelphia University team, got 15 points from incoming freshman Rachel Day out of Archbishop Wood, while incoming freshman Jess Kaminski, also out of Archbishop Wood, got 10 points as did senior Mary Newell.

Purple 80, Hunter Green 50 -- The winners (2-0) stayed unbeaten on Samantha Stipa's 27 points, as mentioned in the opening paragraph of this report. Stipa connected on three 3-pointers.

Lia Disciascio, a Division III Scranton junior out of Cardinal O'Hara, added 18 points to the attack, a total also collected by Scranton sophomore Sarah Payonk out of Spring-Ford, who also had three of Purple's nine 3-pointers.

Erin Fenningham, a Division II Holy Family junior out of St. Basil, was one of three Hunter Green (0-2) players to score eight points. The other two were Maya Thomas, an incoming freshman at Millersville out of Plymouth-Whitemarsh High who also had a pair of three-pointers, and Erin Martin, a junior at Indiana University of Pennsylvania also out of P-W.

White 84, Royal Blue 59 -- The Division II West Chester squad stayed unchallenged at 2-0 as junior Brittany Sicinski out of Downingtown West scored 20 points, sophomore Emily Torrance out of Henderson High collected 14 points, senior Kendall Benovy scored 13, senior Mariah Poerll scored 12 points, and junior Dallas Ely was also in double figures with 10 points.

Royal Blue (0-2) got 16 points from Albright junior Emily O'Donnell out of William Tennent High, while Daphne Ginn, a sophomore at Stevens Tech, scored 15 points, fueled by three 3-pointers.

Gold 79, Orange 68 -- The winners (2-0) used 11 three-pointers in their attack to stay perfect and send Orange (0-1) home with a loss in its first-game of the year after taking the first bye among the 13 teams on opening night.

Alex Smith, a Holy Cross senior out of the Peddie School, had 22 points and connected four times beyond the arc, while Jasmine Elum, a 2012 Bethman-Cookman grad out of Bodine High, had 21 points and fired three 3-pointers.

Pallavi Juneja. a Haverford senior out of the Peddie School, scored 14 points with a pair of treys.

Kelsey Watson, a Division II sophomore out of Methacton High, had 19 points for Orange, which also got 18 from Jenna Carroll, an incomcing William & Mary freshman. Alyssa Bonenberger, a Division II Kutztown senior out of Northampton who is the younger sister of Penn star Kara Bonenbergr, scored 13 points.

Navy Blue 62, Pink 46 -- Lauren Gold, a Shippensburg sophomore out of Abington Friends, scored 17 points, while Devin Gold, a Caldwell senior out of Councl Rock North, scored 14 points with a pair of teys, to given Navy Blue it's first win of the season and get even at 1-1.

Janaiah Elum, a Penn State Abington junior out of Northeast High, scored 12 points.

Scoring for Pink (-1), which is also the Division II University of Sciences of Philadelphia squad, saw sophomore Brianne Traub, the only player in double figures, collected 19 points with three three points, while Amber Reiley, a junior, and incoming freshman Laura Trisch out of Archbishop Wood, each scored seven points.

As mentioned Kelly Green (0-2) stayed winless for failing to have enough players available for the 7 p.m. tipoff and forfeited the game to Maroon, which joined the four-way tie at the top at 2-0.

Commissioner Kessler Undergoes Successful Surgery

Longtime commissioner David B. Kessler, who is missing the first several weeks of the season, had successful hip replacement surgery Thursday morning.

"They said everything went well and while it took a while longer for him to come out of recovery, David looked well and said he felt well," reported Joe McGeever.

Individual Scoring Performances
(20 or more points)

27 pts. -- Samantha Stipa, Purple (W), vs. H.G., June 26
24 pts. -- Jasmine Elum, Gold (W), vs Hunter Green, June 24
23 pts. -- Lexi Scrivano, Kelly Green (L),vs. White, June 24
22 pts. -- Mariah Powell, White (W),vs. Kelly Green, June 24
22 pts. -- Alex Smith, Gold (W), vs. Orange, June 26
21 pts. -- Alex Smith, Gold (W), vs. Hunter Green, June 24.
21 pts. == Jasmine Elum, Gold (W), vs. Orange, June 26
20 pts. -- Brittany Sicinski, White (W), vs. R.B., June 26

Running Tracker for Playoff Seeds and Tiebreakers
Placements will change in mid-July to reflect seeds

Purple (2-0) vs. N.B.(W), vs. H.G.(W),
Maroon (2-0) vs. Red (W), vs. K.G. (W-F)
Gold (2-0) vs. H.G. (W), vs. Orange (W)
White (2-0) vs. K.G.(W), vs. R.B. (W)
Sky Blue (1-0) vs. R.B.(W),
Pink (1-1) vs. Black (W), N.B. (L)
Navy Blue (1-1) vs. Purple (L), vs. Pink (W)
Red (1-1) vs. Maroon (L), vs. Black (W)
Orange (0-1) vs. Gold (L)
Royal Blue (0-2) vs. Sky Blue (L), vs. White (L)
Kelly Green (0-2) vs. White (L), vs. Maroon (L-f)
Black (0-2) vs. Pink (L), vs. Red (L)
Hunter Green (0-2) vs. Gold (L), vs. Purple (L)

Standings (Thru June 30)

Team, W-L, Pct., G.B., Pts., Opp Pts.

White, 2-0, 1.000, --, 183 108
Gold, 2-0, 1.000, --, 163 127
Purple, 2-0, 1.000, --, 149 94
Maroon, 2-0, 1.000, --, 50 42
Sky Blue, 1-0, 1.000, 0.5, 93 46
Pink, 1-1, .500, 1.0, 105 115
Navy Blue, 1-1, .500, 1.0, 106 115
Red, 1-1, .500, 1.0, 97 102
Orange, 0-1, .000, 1.5, 68 79
Black, 0-2, .000, 2.0, 107 114
Hunter Green, 0-2, .000, 2.0, 109 164
Royal Blue, 0-2, .000, 2.0, 105 137
Kelly Green, 0-2, .000, 2.0, 49 101

Thursday Results

Red 55, Black 44
White 84, Royal Blue 59
Gold 79, Orange 68
Purple 80, Hunter Green 50
Navy Blue 62, Pink 46
Maroon 2, Kelly Green 0 (forfeit)
Bye: Sky Blue

Tuesday Results

Purple 69, Navy Blue 44
Maroon 48, Red 42
Sky Blue 93, Royal Blue 46
White (West Chester) 99, Kelly Green 49
Pink (USP) 59, Black (Phila. U.) 53
Gold 84, Hunter Green 59
Bye: Orange

Looking Ahead

Two weeks from now this space will be used to write a look ahead to the next night's action as the implications of next games become more meaningful.

Upcoming Schedule

Tuesday, July 1

7 p.m.

Sky Blue (1-0) vs. Pink (1-1), Court 1
Hunter Green (0-2) vs. Navy Blue (0-2), Court 2
Purple (2-0) vs. White (2-0), Court 3

8:15 p.m.

Gold (2-0) vs. Maroon (2-0)
Orange (1-0) vs. Black (0-2)
Red (1-1) vs. Royal Blue (0-2)

Bye: Kelly Green

Wednesday, July 2

7 p.m.

Pink vs. Hunter Green, Court 1
Sky Blue vs. White, Court 2
Navy Blue vs. Red, Court 3

8:15 p.m.

Kelly Green vs. Black, Court 1
Maroon vs. Royal Blue, Court 2
Orange vs. Purple, Court 3

Bye: Gold

That's it for this report.

-- Mel




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