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, July 02, 2014

Philly Summer League: Gold and White Stay Unbeaten at 3-0 To Top Standings

( Guru's note: In the Guru's effort to quickly write information from Tuesday's games so the commissioner's associates can leave quickly he did not get the actual score of the Gold win over Maroon, which will be added soon and the points for and against for each team will be rectified. Some adjustments have been made from the past reports due to a difference of scores though wins and losses were not affected.)

By Mel Greenberg

HATBORO --
in two battles of unbeaten teams in the early part of the season of the Philadelphia/Suburban Women's NCAA Summer Basketball League Gold prevailed over Maroon, while White, which is also the Division II West Chester squad, topped Purple 54-45, Tuesday night at Kelly Bolish Gym, home of the AAU Renegades in lower Bucks County.

Black, which is also Division II Philadelphia University, and Hunter Green, got their first wins of the season, while Gold's Jamine Elum, a 2012 Bethune-Cookman graduate out of Bodine High, had the season's top performance with 31 points.

Three other players also hit the special 20 or more points plateau with Alexis Smith, a recent Holy Cross graduate out of the Peddie School, adding 24 points to Gold's total, while Division II University of the Sciences of Philadelphia's Brianne Traub, a sophomore on the Pink squad out of northern New Jersey, scored 22 points in a loss to Sky Blue, and Erin Fenningham, a junior at Division II Holy Family out of St. Basil, scored 24 for Hunter Green.

Because of the Fourth of July falling on Friday this year and this week, the next games will be held in back-to-back style Wednesday night causing a quick turnaround.

White, holding a half-game lead over its opponent, will meet Sky Blue at 7 p.m. on court 2 in a battle of unbeatens while Kelly Green, coming off a bye Tuesday and a forfeit last Thursday, will be looking for its first win when it meets Black at 8:15 p.m. on Court 1 and Royal Blue will be doing likewise after a first win in a game on Court 2 against Maroon.

White can take over soul possession of first place since it is Gold's turn to take a bye Wednesday night in the 13-team league, following Kelly Green's night off on Tuesday.

Commissioner on the Mend

Longtime commissioner David B. Kessler, who had replacement hip surgery last week and is missing the front part of the season, was doing well when the Guru talked to him Sunday and he was set to do a week of rehab at Holy Redeemer.

Return of the Division I Players

As mentioned in earlier blogs on the summer league (see for further details), Division I players have been sidelined due to a problem with the NCAA getting certification as easily in the past.

As a result, the league started a week later and the D-I players were held out until next week, missing three or four games, depending on whether their respective team had a bye.

The commiasioner, who took a bit of a financial hit in all this, pro-rated the participation fee for the players affected.

Additionally, a new NCAA rule now counts incoming freshmen as active D-I players in they are already enrolled or attending classes.

In the past, for example, Saint Joseph's could have more than two of its players on the same squad if they were incoming freshman, but that is no longer true.

Prior to his surgery, the commissioner worked some trades of D-I players to satisfy the rule and the Guru will note those switches and re-post the rosters over the weekend.

Odds and Ends

The league newsletter reports that 161 players are in the league this summer representing over 60 collegiate programs along with those who have since graduated.

The Guru is heading to Washington for a WNBA game Wednesday night so the next report may be delayed since the Guru will have to wait for the email update from Stephen Michielli, who is running the league in Kessler's absence.

It' no real problem because the next games following Wednesday won't be played until Tuesday.

Tuesday Recaps

White 54, Purple 45 -- In a battle of unbeatens White (3-0), whixh is alao Division II West Chester, prevailed as sophomore Emily Torrance out of Henderson High scored 14 points and senior Mariah Powell scored 10 points.

Lia Disciascio, a senior at Division III Scranton out of Cardinal O'Hara High, scored 12 points for Purple (2-1) as the only team member in double figures.

Gold def. Maroon -- As mentioned in the opening of this report Gold (3-0) kept pace with White at the top of the standings on the strength of a league season-high 31 points from Jasmine Elum and 24 from Alexis Smith.

Taylor Bryant, listed with a Penn affiliation out of Upper Dublin High, scored 15 points for Maroon (2-1) and Elana Roadcloud, a junior at Division III Ursinus out of Springside, scored 10 points.

Hunter Green 69, Navy Blue 59 -- As mentioned above Erin Fenningham scored 24 points for Hunter Green (1-2), which got its first win, and Yasmin Walker, s sophomore at Division II Holy Family out of Caravel Academy, scored 16 points.

Navy Blue (1-2) got 15 points from Stephanie Keyes, a Penn State Abington senior out of Archbishop Wood, and 12 from Lauren Gold, a Shippensburg sophomore out of Abington Friends.

Black 54, Orange 38 -- The Philadelphia U. squad (1-2) registered its first win as senior Najah Jacobs out of Central High scored 14 points and senior Monica Shacker out of Germantown Academy scored 10 points.

Orange (0-2), still looking for its first win, got nine points each from Kelsey Watson, a sophomore at Division II Kutztown out of Methacton, and Alyssa Bonenberger, the younger sister of Penn star Kara, also a Kutztown sophomore, but out of Northampton High.

Sky Blue 51, Pink 35 -- Mwgan Gallagher, a recent DeSales' graduate out of St. Basil, scored 12 points, as did recent Holy Family graduate Carolyne Heston, out of Villa Joaeph Marie, to help keep Sky Blue (2-0) right behind the leaders in third place and unbeaten. Tierra Scott, a Bloomfield sophomore, added 10 points.

As mentioned above, USP's Brianne Traub scored 22 points for Pink (1-2).

Red 73, Royal Blue 59 -- Tuga Goff, a Division III Rosemont sophomore out of Upper Dublin, had 19 points for Red (1-2), while Brianna Spector, a Oneonta State sophomore out of Upper Dublin, scored 10 points, and Lauren Rothfeld, a sophomore at Salisbury State on Maryland's Eastern Shore also out of Upper Dublin, scored 10 points.

Individual Scoring Performances
(20 or more points)

31 pts. -- Jasmine Elum, Gold (W) vs. Maroon, July 1
27 pts. -- Samantha Stipa, Purple (W), vs. H.G., June 26
24 pts. -- Jasmine Elum, Gold (W), vs Hunter Green, June 24
24 pts. -- Erin Fenningham, Hunt. Green (W) vs. N.B., July 1
24 pts. -- Alexis Smith, Gold (W), vs. Maroon, July 1
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
22 pts. -- Brianne Traub, Pink (L) vs. Sky Blue, July 1
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

Gold (3-0) vs. H.G. (W), vs. Orange (W), vs. Gold (W),
White (3-0) vs. K.G.(W), vs. R.B. (W), va. Purple (W),
Sky Blue (2-0) vs. R.B.(W), vs. Pink (1),
Maroon (2-1) vs. Red (W), vs. K.G. (W-F), vs. Gold (L),
Red (2-1) vs. Maroon (L), vs. Black (W), vs. R.B. (W),
Purple (2-1) vs. N.B.(W), vs. H.G.(W), vs. White (L),
Pink (1-2) vs. Black (W), N.B. (L), vs. S.B. (L),
Navy Blue (1-2) vs. Purple (L), vs. Pink (W), vs. H.G. (L)
Black (1-2) vs. Pink (L), vs. Red (L), va. Orange (W),
Hunter Green (1-2) vs. Gold (L), vs. Purp. (L), vs. N.B. (W)
Orange (0-2) vs. Gold (L), va. Black (L),
Kelly Green (0-2) vs. White (L), vs. Maroon (L-F)
Royal Blue (0-3) vs. S.B. (L), vs. White (L), vs. Red (L)

Standings (Thru July 1)

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

White, 3-0, 1.000, --, 237 148
Gold, 3-0, 1.000, --, *163 *127
Sky Blue, 2-0, 0.5, 0.5, 124 78
Purple, 2-1, .667, 1.0, 194 148
fw-Maroon, 2-1, .667, 1.0, *50 *42
Red, 2-1, .667, 1.0, 170 161
Pink, 1-2, .333, 2.0, 140 166
Navy Blue, 1-2, .333, 2.0, 165 184
Black, 1-2, .333, 2.0, 161 152
Hunter Green, 1-2, .333, 2.0, 138 223
Orange, 0-2, .000, 2.5, 106 133
fl-Kelly Green, 0-2, .000, 2.5, 49 101
Royal Blue, 0-3, .000, 2.0, 161 250

fw -- includes forfeit win, fl -- includes forfeit loss
*-Tuesday's game not factored into the points for and against.


Past Results

Tuesday (July 1) Results

Hunter Green 69, Navy Blue 59
White (West Chester) 54, Purple 45
Gold xx, Maroon xx
Black (Phila. U.) 54, Orange 38
Sky Blue 51, Pink (USP) 35
Red 73, Royal Blue 59

Thursday (June 26) 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 (June 24) Results

Purple 69, Navy Blue 44
Maroon 48, Red 42
Sky Blue 93, Royal Blue 43
White (West Chester) 99, Kelly Green 44
Pink (USP) 59, Black (Phila. U.) 53
Gold 84, Hunter Green 59
Bye: Orange

Looking Ahead

Starting next week 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

Wednesday, July 2

7 p.m.

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

8:15 p.m.

Kelly Green (0-2) vs. Black (1-2), Court 1
Maroon (2-1) vs. Royal Blue (0-3), Court 2
Orange (1-1) vs. Purple (2-1), Court 3

Bye: Gold

Tuesday, July 8

7 p.m.

Black vs. Royal Blue, Court 1
Gold vs. Purple, Court 2
Kelly Green vs. Navy Blue, Court 3

8:15 p.m.

Hunter Green vs. Red, Court 1
Pink vs. Orange, Court 2
Sky Blue vs. Maroon, Court 3

Bye: White

Thursday, July 10

7 p.m.

Orange vs. Maroon, Court 1
Red vs. Kelly Green, Court 2
Gold vs. White, Court 3

8:15 p.m.

Sky Blue va. Purple, Court 1
Royal Blue vs. Pink, Court 2
Hunter Green vs. Black, Court 3

Bye: Navy Blue

That's it for this report.

-- Mel



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