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, December 19, 2014

Guru College Report: Temple Wins in a Landslide Over Howard in D.C.

By Mel Greenberg

As the annual slowdown due to finals in the classroom and the approaching Christmas break continues, only one of the Guru's PhilhoopsW Division I teams saw action Thursday and it was a good outing for Temple that could at least measure its performance against itself as opposed to host Howard, whom the Owls deciminated 78-48 in the nation's capital.

Just a week ago Temple was trying to get out from under the dusting handed by visiting Rutgers, the 17th-ranked team in the nation.

Despite the way it went down in McGonigle Hall, coach Tonya Cardoza thought things would begin to get better, hopefully in time for the arriving play in the American Athletic Conference.

For the moment, Cardoza is on track.

After Sunday's near upset of Florida State, still in McGonigle, Temple had four players score in double figures to improve to 4-7 and drop Howard to 1-10.

Tanaya Atkinson scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Taylor Robinson had 15 points, Erica Coville had 14 points, nine rebounds, and four steals, and Feyonda Fitzgerald scored 13 points.

Now comes a big opportunity on Monday morning when Temple travels across town to play Villanova at the Pavilion11:30 a.m. in a Big Five game that has renewed meaning.

Courtesy of Penn knocking down defending Big 5 champion Saint Joseph's last week at The Palestra, both the Owls (1-1) and Wildcats (1-1), who are healthy again, have a chance to win the Big Five even at 3-1 considering both must still play 2-0 Penn and if La Salle were to beat Saint Joseph's later on as part of the Atlantic 10 pairings between the two.

Otherwise, the team that is 3-1 would be tied for the crown with Saint Joseph's if the Hawks beat the Explorers, who are 0-3 to date in the City Series.

Of Couirse, Penn still has its own destiny to win outright at 4-0, or 3-1 with help or tie at 3-1, which in any event would be the first time the Quakers ever won at least three Big 5 games in the same season.

Meanwhile Drexel fell big at Quinnipiac in their first-ever meeting Wednesday in Connecticut, and the Guru will catch up in Saturday morning's blog advancing the annual neighborhood showdown aka known as the Battle of 33rd Street on Saturday when Penn goes up the street to play at Drexel.

Only one game on the schedule Friday night when Princeton attempts to improve to 12-0 when Portland State visits.

USP Bedevils Holy Family

In Division II Thursday night, the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia continued its hot hand as the Devils won their third straight in four days, knocking off frontrunning Holy Family 65-52 at home in Southwest Philadelphia in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference game at the Bobby Morgan Arena.

On a recent trip to Florida, USP upset nationally-ranked Tampa 66-65.

It's only the second time in the last 19 games that the Devils (5-4, 3-1 CACC) beat the Tigers (6-5, 4-1).

Brianne Traub had 21 points and 14 rebounds for USP, which meets Holy Family in the offseason in the Philadelphia/Suburban NCAA Women's Summer League since Division II and III schools are allowed to fied their rosters in tact, as opposed the limitations on Division I.

Reserve Sarah Abbonizio had a career high 16 points while Colleen Welsh had 11 points and Laura Trish scored 10.

Kasey Woetzel scored 11 points for Holy Family.

USP had a 44-33 rebounding advantage making it the first time the Devils ever topped the Tigers by double figures in rebounds.

That's it for the moment.

-- Mel

- Posted using BlogPress from the Guru's iPad


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