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, December 14, 2014

Guru's College Report: Princeton Dominates Again to Stay Perfect at 10-0

By Mel Greenberg @womhoopsguru

It is getting to the point that only competition at Princeton is determining which Tigers star is going to be the Ivy player of the week.

Blake Dietrick is the league designated this week – the fourth straight that a Princeton star was named.

Following Saturday’s 96-58 wipeout of Binghamton at home Saturday afternoon in Jadwin Gym to run the opening unbeaten streak to 10-0 either Dietrick or Michelle Miller could likely be named again considering the two victories the Tigers had this week, the other being a road romp at Michigan, though Penn’s sole game – a second-ever triumph of Saint Joseph’s to move in sole possession of first in the Big 5 is worthy of some attention.

Dietrick ans Miller each had 19 points with Miller depositing all of hers in the first half before coach Courtney Banghart resorted to a mercy killing in the wake of a 55-32 lead built in the first 20 minutes.

Mariah Smith also scored in double digits for Princeton with a career-high 11 points.

Binghamton’s Sherae Swinson had 14 points, Jasmine Sina scored 15, and Imani Watkins scored 11.

The only dent the visitors applied to Princeton’s shield is the nasty 1-9 record which will lower the Tigers’ RPI, perhaps out of Top 10 status.

Princeton’s action, by the way, was the only one of the docket of the Guru’s 10-team PilahoopsW crowd though as finals in the classroom are concluding the competition heats up considerably Sunday with No. 17 Rutgers hosting No. 11 Tennessee, Temple hosting Florida State, Drexel visiting Pittsburgh, Penn State hosting Rider, and at nighttime because of the men’s game at the Pavilion in the afternoon La Salle will visit Villanova in City Series action that also marks the first time this season over a beginning total of nine games that Villanova will be in it ‘s own venue.

Believe it or not, Binghamton actually got off to a good start in Central New Jersey, taking it off to a 10-5 lead in the first fiur minutes before Princeton lowered the boom with a 20-4 run.

The 96 points fell three short of the team record carnage heaped on Ivy rival Yale in New Haven on Feb. 10, 2013, the weekend of the monster snowstorm in New England in the season that the Tigers were on their way to their fourth straight Ivy title.

The new measuring sticks for Princeton after 9-0 had been the best team and any Ivy women’s start in history is that 10-0 is the best for combined genders of Tigers following the men’s kickoff mark of 9-0 set in 1914-15 when some Princeton grad named Woodrow Wilson was being White House presidential and also 9-0 in 1919-20.

League wise in terms of both genders, the Penn men of 1970-71 went 28-o before tripping up.

Next up is a visit to Delaware on Tuesday night in what is Year No. 2 of the post-Elena Delle Donne era for the host Blue Hens.

At this rate Princeton could be the first Ivy team to be given an at-large bid by the NCAA tournament committee if the Tigers fail to regain the league crowned that Penn snatched away in Jadwin on the final day of the Ivy schedule.

Anyhow, there’s not much more to say off the information out there of the Princeton demolition but the Guru will cover two live and tweet from Sunday starting the day at Rutgers and then scurrying down south near home over to Villanova.

Stay tuned.

-- Mel

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