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, June 25, 2014

Phily Summer League-I: Gold Uses Hail of Treys to Opening Night Win

By Mel Greenberg

Former Saint Joseph's stars Katie Kuester and Erin Shields may have departed from the Philadelphia/Suburban Women's NCAA Summer Basketball League to the next chapter in their careers but apparently a barrage of three pointers did not leave with them.

Coach Keith Wood's Gold squad successfully connected with 13 attempts from beyond the arc for an 84-59 win over Hunter Green on opening night Tuesday at the Kelly Bolish Gym, home of the AAU Renegades located in Willow Grove Industrial Commons.

Incidentally, for the purposes of reporting all summer, class affilations with schools will mean the designee as a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior in the fall.

The word "incoming" may be used once in the early part of a posting to establish the designation.

And the complex is down turnpike drive off Davisville Road and there is a traffic light at the intersection.

Opening night had its usual imperfections in part caused by s aituation with the NCAA addressed in previous posts that is keeping Division I players sidelined for the first three or four games.

Since adjustments were made to address those problems a new NCAA change in legislation that went unnoticed by many has caused a few roster shifts so in the next week a new set of rosters will be posted.

It's too complex to address here and its academic because the affected players are at Division I schools so they won't play until next Wednesday at the earliest or the following week depending on whether their respective teams have byes.

Other noteworthy mentions are a scoring explosion in a lopsided 99-49 win by White over Kelly Green.

Veteran coach Ted Hagedorn, who has won a few titles in recent seasons prior to last summer, might have been better off just taking a forfeit that almost occurred until enough players showed up just in time for his Kelly Green squad, which is one of the ones greatly affected by the forced Division I delayed participants.

White is the same as Division II West Chester, which as are Division III teams, allowed to play as entire units under NCAA rules.

Sky Blue also got into the 90s with a 93-46 triumph over Royal Blue.

Team Orange was the first of the 13 teams in the league to have a bye on the 12-game schedule prior to the playoffs in August.

While the league is a Tuesday and Thursday entity, next week will be a back-to-back Tuesday-Wednesday setup because of the onset of the Fourth of July holiday.

Finally, the Guru wishes Commissioner Kessler well as he heads into hip replaement surgery Thursday morning.

In his place, right arm Steve Michielli is running the show.
His cell is 267-252-2740 and his email is sdmichielli@yahoo.com

Recap Opening Night

Gold 84, Hunter Green 59 -- The winners exploded with 13 treys as three former collegiate stars led the way.

Jasmine Elum, a 2012 graduate of Bethune-Cookman, scored a night high 24 points among all teams while teammate Alex Smith, a recent Holy Cross graduate, scored 21 points.

Both were among four players scoring 20 or more points in the three doubleheaders.

Gold's Ashley Wood, a recent graduate of Kutztown, also daughter of the Gold coach, added 15 points.

Sarah Listenbee, a junior at Mary Washington, scored a team high 18 points for Hunter Green, while Erin Fenningham, a Division II Holy Family junior, added 15 points and Holy Family sophmore Yasmin Walker scored 13 points.

White 99, Kelly Green 49 -- West Chester incoming senior Mariah Powell led the scoring outburst with 22 points for the winners while her collegiate teammates junior Dallas Ely and senior Kendall Benovy scored 13 and eight points, respectively.

Junior Brittany Sicinski's name is listed on the sheet given the Guru but no points are listed so the Guru will try to get a clarafication next time around.

On Kelly Green, Lexi Scrivano, a junior at Millersville, scored 23 points, completing all the 20-point scorers on the night that came out of these first two games.

Millersville sophomore Courtney Hinnant scored 10 points and Loyola of Maryland freshman Carly Monzo out of Mount St. Joseph's, scored eight points.

Sky Blue 93, Royal Blue 46 -- Recent Holy Family graduate Carolyne Heston scored 19 points for the winners, while recent Division III Gettysburg graduate Alyssa Isler of the Bullets fired away for 15 points.

Recent Holy Family graduate Mary Ellen McCollum scored 16 points.

Albright junior Emily O'Donnell scored 15 points for Royal Blue, Stevens sophomore Erica Guketlov scored 12, while Sarah Brophy, an incoming freshman at Hobart & William Smith College out of Bridgewater Raritan High in central New Jersey, and Sydney Darby, an incoming freshman at Stevens Tech out of Wall High, each scored seven points.

Purple 69, Navy Blue 44 -- Sarah Payonk, a Division III Scranton sophomore out of Spring-Ford, scored 12 points for the winning Team Purple squad, while NXoelle Aliciea, a Scranton junior out of Downingtown East, scored 11 points, and Faith DeVlieger, another Scranton sophomore, scored eight points.

Navy Blue's Devin Gold, a Caldwell College senior out of Council Rock North, scored nine points, while Stephanie Keyes, a Penn State Abington junior out of Archbishop Wood, and Jessica Schimdt, also a PSU-Abington junior and out of Abington High, scored eight points each.

Maroon 48, Red 42 -- Elena Roadcloud, a Division III Ursinus junior out of Springside, had 12 points for Maroon, which came out on top in one of the two most competitive games of the night.

Brittany Wood, a Division III Delaware Valley junior out of Archbishop Ryan, collected eight points for Maroon, while Taylor Bryant, listed at Penn with no class affiliation, scored seven points.

Lauren Rothfield, a Division III Salisbury sophomore out of Upper Dublin, scored 7 points for Red, as did Brianna Spector, an Oneonta State sophomore also out of Upper Dublin, each scored seven points for Red.

Tuga Goff, a sophomore at Division III Rosemont also out of Upper Dublin, and Kaitlin Kelly, a freshman at DeSales, each scored six points for Red.

Pink 59, Black 53 -- The other tightly contested game of the night saw a matchup of Local Division II rivals Philadelphia University (Black) and University of the Sciences of Philadelphia (Pink) who battle with Holy Family among the locals in the Central Atlantic Athletic Conference.

The USP/Pink squad prevailed in this one as sophomore Brianne Traub scored 17 points, Sarah Abbonizio, targeted for 2020 graduation out of Episcopal Academy, scored 12 points, and freshman Caitlin Conroy scored nine points.

Remember, when the word targeted is used when discussing USP/Pink, it means the player is on the school's work-study program that spans more than four years.

Senior Monica Schacker of Philadelphia University out of Germantown Academy scored 12 points for Black, senior Najah Jacobs out of Central scored 11 points, and senior Victoria Arnao out of Archbishop Wood scored eight points.

Individual Scoring Performances
(20 or more points)

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
21 pts. -- Alex Smith, Gold (W), vs. Hunter Green, June 24.

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

Purple (1-0) vs. Navy Blue (W),
Maroon (1-0) vs. Red (W),
Sky Blue (1-0) vs. Royal Blue (W),
White (-0) vs. Kelly Green (W),
Pink (1-0) vs. Black (W),
Gold (1-0) vs. Hunter Green (W)
Navy Blue (0-1) vs. Purple (L)
Red (0-1) vs. Maroon (L)
Royal Blue (0-1) vs. Sky Blue (L)
Kelly Green (0-1) vs. White (L)
Black (0-1) vs. Pink (L)
Hunter Green (0-1) vs. Gold (L)
Orange (0-0)

Standings (Thru June 25)

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

White, 1-0, 1.000, --, 99 49
Sky Blue, 1-0, 1.000, --, 93 46
Gold, 1-0, 1.000, --, 84 59
Purple, 1-0, 1.000, --, 69 44
Pink, 1-0, 1.000, --, 59 53
Maroon, 1-0, 1.000, --, 48 42
Orange, 0-0, .000, 0.5, 00 00
Red, 0-1, .000, 1.0, 42 48
Black, 0-1, .000, 1.0, 53 59
Navy Blue, 0-1, .000, 1.0 , 44 69
Hunter Green, 0-1, .000, 1.0, 59 84
Royal Blue, 0-1, .000, 1.0, 46 93
Kelly Green, 0-1, .000, 1.0, 49 99

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

Thursday, June 26

7 p.m.

Maroon (1-0) vs. Kelly Green (0-1), Court 1
Gold (1-0) vs. Orange (0-0), Court 2
Red (0-1) vs. Black (0-1), Court 3

8:15 p.m.

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

Bye: Sky Blue

Tuesday, July 1

7 p.m.

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

8:15 p.m.

Gold vs. Maroon
Orange vs. Black
Red vs. Royal Blue

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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