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.
By Mel Greenberg - @womhoopsguru
HATBORO, Pa. – Saint Joseph’s junior Chelsea Woods, the most improved player in the Philadelphia Big 5 last season, bettered her league-high by a point with 32 to carry Purple to a narrow 57-52 win over Maroon Tuesday night and become part of a five-way tie in the Philadelphia/Suburban NCAA Certified Women’s Basketball Summer League.
Team Purple also carries six players from Penn State-Abington University.
While there is a logjam in second place at 2-1 among Purple, Maroon, also known as USciences; Sky Blue, Royal Blue, also known as East Stroudsburg, and Red, also known as West Chester, the ranks of the unbeaten quickly reduced to just Gold (3-0) and Pink (3-0), as the second week of the 2016 season got under way at Kelly Bolish Gym, home of the AAU Renegades.
Gold had little trouble beating Sky Blue, 89-59, as Alex Smith, a 2014 Holy Cross graduate out of the Peddie School, scored 28; while Pink (3-0) likewise controlled winless Orange, 75-50, to tie at the top of the Standings.
Only two other players hit the 20-or-more nightly points by individuals standard as Saint Joseph’s senior Mackenzie Rule out of Cardinal O’Hara, scored 20 points for Orange (0-3) in the loss to Pink while Gold’s Mia Hopkins scored 22.
Hunter Green (1-2), which fell to Royal Blue, 80-58, and White (1-2), also known as Kutztown University, got its first win, beating Black, also known as Philadelphia University, 60-44, moved into a two-way tied at eighth, while Black (0-3), Kelly Green (0-3), which suffered a tough 69-66 loss to Red, and Orange (0-3) are in a three-way tie for 10th at the bottom of the standings still seeking their first victory.
Teams that also compete with most of their collegiate rosters in Division II and Division III, which are also mentioned in this report, also have some players from other schools.
That said, here is the recap of all six games.
Purple 57, Maroon 52 – Woods had five 3-pointers on the way to her 33 points for Purple while Marah Hayes, of PSU-Abington out of Archbishop Wood, added 11 points for the winners.
Maroon got 10 points from USciences junior Laura Trisch, out of Archbishop Wood, while Devils sophomore Alyx McKiernan scored eight points, also the number of other Maroon players who put points into the scoring sheet.
Red 69, Kelly Green 66 – Torri Smick, a West Chester senior out of Woodstown, help keep Red in the upper part of the standings with 19 points in the narrow win over Kelly Green, while Gabby Troisi, an incoming Golden Rams freshman out of Pope John Paul II, scored 16 points, and Jenna Widdicombe, a West Chester sophomore also out of John Paul II, scored 14 points.
Alexis Hofstaedter, a Holy Family junior out of Council Rock South, scored 13 points for Kelly Green, and Ashley Smink, a Delaware Valley freshman out of Archbishop Ryan, scored 11 points.
Kelly Green has eight players from Delaware Valley.
Points are the only statistics kept, by the way.
Gold 89, Sky Blue 69 – Smith had one of the better nights from beyond the arc in most any season in league history, nailing seven treys for Gold on the way to her 28 points, while Mia Hopkins, who scored 22, is transferring from Bloomsburg to West Chester in the fall.
Double-figure performances on Gold also came from 2012 La Salle grad Michelle McCaughern and 2013 Millersville grad Shira Newman out of Upper Dublin, who each scored 14 points, while Ashley Wood, a 2013 Kutztown grad out of Spring-Ford, the daughter of Gold coach Keith Wood, scored 13 points.
Lily Kuntz, a Middlebury College freshman out of Episcopal, scored 12 for Sky Blue, while Shea Wassel, a 2015 York College (Pa.) grad out of Lansdale Catholic, and recent Saint Joseph’s graduate Ciara Andrews out of Cheltenham, each scored 11 points, and Jessica Gerber, a Kenyon Sophomore out of Council Rock North, scored 10 points.
Pink 75, Orange 50 – Salisbury senior Lauren Rothfeld out of Upper Dublin, helped keep Pink unbeaten with 12 points in a balanced attack that saw nine players overall score with Shelby Schoonover, a Lycoming College sophomore out of Pennsbury collect 10 points, and nine points each came from Mackenzie Carroll, a Colgate sophomore out of Central Bucks West, all off a trio of 3-pointers; Brianna Spector, an Oneonta senior out of Upper Dublin; Emma Dorshimer, a Gettysburg Sophomore out of Jenkintown, who also got all her points off three treys; and Emily Walls, a Moravian sophomore out of Bayard Rustin.
Rule had four 3-pointers and shot 2-for-2 from the line to account for most of her 20 points for Orange, while eight points each came from Laura Kosma, a William Tennent High grad who had a pair of treys and shot 2-for-2 from the line; Erin Lindahl, an Emory freshman out of Germantown Academy, and Allison Chernow, also an Emory freshman but out of Upper Dublin, who shot 3-for-3 from the line.
Royal Blue 80, Hunter Green 58 – Courtney Brown, an East Stroudsburg senior out of Council Rock South, shot five treys on the way to 17 points for Royal Blue, while Noelle Powell, an ESU sophomore out of Bayard Rustin, scored 15, Meghan Pickell, an Ithaca sophomore out of Episcopal, scored 12, and 2015 ESU grad Ryan Fiascki out of Archbishop Carroll scored 10 points.
Karissa Mansure, a Catholic U. sophomore out of Shawnee High, scored 18 points for Hunter Green, Amanda McGrogan, a Dowling freshman out of Lenape, scored 14 points, and Katherine Feehery, a Scranton junior out of Cardinal O’Hara scored 12 points.
White 60, Black 44 – White got its first win in three tries as Alexandra Heck, a recent Philadelphia University grad out of Archbishop Wood got 13 points, shooting 7-for-8 from the line against her former Rams teammates, while Sierra Taylor, a Kutztown freshman out of Camden Catholic, scored 11, and seven other players on Team White, also notched the scorebook.
Valez Jackson, a Philadelphia U. sophomore out of. Merion Mercy Academy, scored nine points for Black, Erin Rafter, a Rams sophomore out of Washington Township, scored eight points, and eight other Team Black players also scored.
Gold (3-0) meets Purple (2-1) at 7 p.m. on Court 3 Thursday night while Pink (3-0) meets Hunter Green (1-2) at 8:15 p.m. on Court 3 in the games among the three sets of doubleheaders that involve the two unbeaten squads.
The logjam in second will be somewhat busted with Royal Blue (2-1) meeting Sky Blue (2-1) on Court 1 in one of the doubleheader openers, while at the same time on Court 2 either Orange or Kelly Green at 0-3 each will get their first victory.
The matchup in the winter that is Philadelphia U. against USciences in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) will be the meeting of Black against Maroon in the Court 1 nightcap.
While the standings are not formally in tie-break order for what would determine the eight qualifiers for the postseason playoffs in late July, they are relatively close with this report and when things start getting more refined, the seed numbers as they exist at the moment will be placed in front of team names in the tracking section below.
(Thru June 22)
Team, W-L, Pct., G.B., PF, PA
Gold, 3-0, 1.000, --, 242 174
Pink, 3-0, 1.000, --, 210 166
Maroon, 2-1, .667, 1.0, 173 165
Purple, 2-1, .667, 1.0, 210 169
Sky Blue, 2-1, .667, 1.0, 216 221
%-Red,2-1 ,.667,1.0 , 124 127
Royal Blue, 2-1, .667, 1.0, 191 164
Hunter Green, 1-2, .333, 2.0, 172 191
White, 1-2, .333, 2.0 167 182
Black, 0-3, .000, 2.0, 147 186
Kelly Green, 0-3, .000, 2.0, 176 215
@-Orange, 0-3, .000, 2.0 95 165
%-includes forfeit win
@-includes forfeit loss
Royal Blue (2-1) vs. Sky Blue (2-1), Court 1
Orange (0-3) vs. Kelly Green (0-3), Court 2
Purple (2-1) vs. Gold (3-0), Court 3
Black (0-3) vs. Maroon (2-1), Court 1
Red (2-1) vs. White (1-2), Court 2
Hunter Green (1-2) vs. Pink (3-0), Court 3
Tuesday, June 28
Purple vs. White, Court 1
Kelly Green vs. Maroon, Court 2
Hunter Green vs. Orange, Court 3
Gold vs. Pink, Court 1
Royal Blue vs. Black, Court 2
Sky Blue vs. Red, Court 3
Thursday, June 30
Kelly Green vs. Gold, Court 1
Purple vs. Red, Court 2
Pink vs. Royal Blue, Court 3
Maroon vs. White, Court 1
Hunter Green vs. Black, Court 2
Sky Blue vs. Orange, Court 3
Tuesday, June 22
Purple 57, Maroon 52
Royal Blue 80, Hunter Green 58
Red 69, Kelly Green 66
White 60, Black 44
Gold 89, Sky Blue 59
Pink 75, Orange 50
Thursday, June 16
Sky Blue 67, Hunter Green 66
Pink 63, Black 51
Maroon 59, Red 53, overtime
Purple 88, Orange 45
Gold 90, White 63
Royal Blue 56, Kelly Green 44
Wednesday, June 15
Hunter Green 48, White 44
Sky Blue 90, Kelly Green 66
Pink 72, Purple 65
Gold 63. Black 52
Maroon 62, Royal Blue 55
Red 2, Orange 0, forfeit
Individual Scoring 20 Or More Points
33-Chelsea Woods, Purple, W, vs. Maroon, June 22
32-Chelsea Woods, Purple, L, vs. Pink, June 15
28-Alex Smith, Gold, W, vs. Sky Blue, June 22
28-Alex Smith, Gold, W, vs. White, June 16
26-Alexix Roman, Hunter Green, L, vs. Sky Blue, June 16
25-Ciara Andrews, Sky Blue, W, vs. Hunter Green, June 16
25-Ciara Andrews, Sky Blue, W, vs. Kelly Green, June 15
23-Kelsey Watson, White, L, vs. Gold, June 16
23-Chelsea Woods, Purple, W, vs. Orange, June 16
22-Mia Hopkins, Gold, W, vs. Sky Blue, June 22
22-Adaisha Franklyn, Gold, W, vs. White, June 16
21-Julia Glantz, Hunter Green, W, vs. White, June 15
21-Jessica Gerber, Sky Blue, W, vs. Kelly Green, June 15
21-K.T. (Katie) Armstrong, Royal Blue, L, vs. Maroon, June 15
20-Mackenzie Rule, Orange, L, vs. vs. Pink, June 22
20-Micah Morgan, Maroon, W-OT, vs. Red, June 16
Seed Tracker (not yet in order)
Gold (3-0) vs. Blk (W), vs. White (W), vs. SB (W).
Pink (3-0) vs. Purp (W), vs. Blk (W), vs. Orange, (W)
Maroon (2-1) vs. RB (W), vs. Red (W-OT), vs. Purple (L).
Purple (2-1) vs. Pink (L), vs. Org (W), vs. M(W).
Sky Blue (2-1) vs. KG (W), vs. HG (W), vs. Gold (L),
Red (2-1) vs. Org (%-W), vs. M (L-OT), vs. Kelly Green (W),
Royal Blue (2-1) vs. M (L), vs. KG (W), vs. HG (W),
Hunter Green (1-2) vs. White (W), vs. SB (L), vs RB (L)
White (1-2) vs. HG (L), vs. Gold (L), vs. Black (W),
Black (0-3) vs. Gold (L), vs. Pk (L), vs. White (L).
Kelly Green (0-3) vs. SB (L), vs. RB (L), vs Red (L),
Orange (0-3) vs. Red (@-L), vs. Purp (L), vs. Pink (L),
Special thanks to Bob Heller and league commissioner David Kessler for ongoing assistance with the postgame report coverage and off Tuesday’s overnight location to put this together hostess Melissa and waiter Johnny at the Voorhees Diner on Route 73 for keeing the Guru will fed and awake.