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.
Guru’s note: This report was delayed due to the Guru traveling on ground transportation to Knoxville, Tenn., for the public celebration of life service for the late Tennessee coaching legend Pat Summitt. The Thursday report will post later Saturday night after the Guru gets back to the area, having done an overnight stop in Annapolis to get this report posted and take advantage of culinary traits of the area.
By Mel Greenberg - @womhoopsguru
And Bob Heller
HATBORO, Pa. – Gold maintained sole possession of first place with a 62-43 win over Hunter Green Tuesday night in the Philadelphia/Suburban NCAA Certified Women’s Summer League at Kelly Bolish Gym, home of the AAU Renegades as the league returned to action following a week-long Independence Day holiday break.
Meanwhile the five-way tie for second place got smaller as three of the five teams dropped their respective contests Tuesday, leaving just Maroon, a 60-40 winner over Sky Blue; and Pink, a 62-37 winner over Red, in a tie for second place. The Maroon team, made up entirely of players from University of the Sciences will face the Pink squad on Thursday.
The logjam that was second place is now a five-way tie for fourth place. St. Joseph’s junior Chelsea Woods was once again the individual scoring leader on the night, pouring in a season-high 46 points but her Purple squad dropped their second straight contest as Black rallied late in the game to earn a 69-65 win, dropping Purple to 4-3 on the season. The black team, otherwise known as Division II Philadelphia University, was led by Alynna Williams’ 28 points. Woods and Williams were the only two players to reach the 20-point plateau in Tuesday night’s action.
Orange joined the logjam at fourth place with a 56-48 win over Royal Blue, putting both teams’ records at 4-3. White also joined the fourth place group, recording a 66-51 victory over winless Kelly Green (0-8). Sky Blue’s loss to Maroon adds them into the mix at 4-3.
Red’s loss to Pink leaves them in sole possession of ninth place at 3-4 while Black’s upset win over Purple places them in tenth place at 2-5. Hunter Green (1-6) and Kelly Green (0-7) round out the standings.
Gold 62, Hunter Green 43 - St. Joseph’s University junior Adaisha Franklin led three players in double figures for the Gold squad as they outscored Hunter Green 23-12 in the final period to roll to their sixth win of the season. Franklin led all scorers in the game with 15 points while Bloomsburg University junior Mia Hopkins added 11 and Holy Cross graduate Alex Smith 10. Hunter Green got eight points from Katherine Feehery, a University of Scranton junior out of Cardinal O’ Hara HS and eight from recent Scranton grad Makenzie Mason. Karissa Mansure and Rachel Guy added seven points apiece for the Hunter squad.
Gold led wire-to-wire but never pulled away from Hunter until their fourth quarter outburst.
Maroon 60, Sky Blue 40 - The Maroon squad, otherwise known as Division II University of the Sciences, got a well balanced scoring effort as 11 different players put points on the board as they rallied from an early double-digit deficit to defeat Sky Blue 60-40. USciences juniors Molly Greenberg and Laura Trisch led the team with eight points apiece. Sky Blue got seven points from Princeton freshman (via Penn Charter) Ayanna Matthews.
Sky held Maroon to just six first quarter points and jumped out to a 17-6 lead in the opening minutes of the second. Maroon stormed back with a 22-9 rally over the final eight minutes of the period to take a 28-26 lead at the half.
Alyx McKiernan (seven points) opened the third quarter with a three-pointer to give Maroon a five point lead before Sky utilized an 8-2 run, fueled by Matthews and St. Joseph's junior Kristalyn Baisden to regain the lead 34-33 with four minutes left. Greenberg and Trisch added back-to-back three-pointers to put maroon on top 39-34 entering the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter maroon outscored Sky 21-6 to cruise to the 20-point win and remain tied for second place.
Pink 62, Red 37 - Pink led wire-to-wire as they remained in a tie for second place with Maroon, scoring a 62-37 win over the predominately West Chester University Red squad. Emma Dorshimer, a Gettysburg University junior out of Jenkintown HS and Brianna Spector, a SUNY Oneonta senior out of Upper Dublin HS led Pink with 12 points apiece while West Chester senior Victoria Smick had seven for the Red team.
Pink jumped out to an early ten point lead and increased the margin to sixteen by halftime, 34-18 and later 22, 51-29 early in the fourth quarter before closing the game out with an 8-2 spurt to earn the 25-point win, the largest victory margin of the night.
Black 69, Purple 65 – Black rallied from a five point deficit in the final three minutes of play to earn their first “on-court” win of the season 69-65 over Purple, overcoming a 46-point effort from Chelsea Woods. Incoming Philadelphia University freshman Alynna Willams fueled the Black rally scoring nine of her team-high 28 points in the final three-minutes of play.
Trailing by five with just over three minutes left to play Williams connected on back-to-back three-pointers, giving her squad a one-point lead 61-60. Jess Kaminski (11 points) followed with a layup to and Williams added a free throw with 29 seconds left to complete an 11-0 run and give Black a 66-60 lead. Woods’ layup pulled Purple back within four 66-62 and after a Kelsey Jones free throw for Black, Woods closed the gap to two with her eighth three pointer of the game 67-65 with five seconds left. Williams then sealed the win with two free throws with three seconds left, providing the final 69-65 margin.
Orange 56, Royal Blue 48 – A trio of freshman led the way as Orange moved into a five-way tie for fourth place with their 56-48 win over Royal Blue. Allison Chernow, an Emory University freshman out of Upper Dublin HS led the Orange squad with 14 points while University of Pennsylvania freshman Kendall Grasela and Albright freshman Lauren Killion added nine apiece. Incoming St. Joseph’s University freshman Katie Armstrong led the Royal squad with 15 points.
The Orange squad led by one at the break before Royal opened the third quarter with and 13-4 run to take a 35-27 lead before Orange closed within four at quarters end. Royal led 43-38 with 6:32 remaining before Grasela’s two free throws and subsequent layup gave the Orange squad their first lead of the second half, 48-46. Orange continued to rally, scoring six unanswered points to lead by eight 54-46 with 1:47 left. St. Joseph’s senior Amanda Fioravanti (seven points) added a pair of free throws to close the gap to six but could come no closer.
White 66, Kelly Green 51 - The white team joined the logjam five-way tie for fourth place with a 66-51 win over Kelly Green. Taylor Thames led white with 14 points while Emily DeAngelis and Michaela Clay added 13 and 10 respectively. Elizabeth Radley had 16 points (4-4 from the line) and Zoe Hahn added 11 with three three-pointers to pace the predominantly Delaware Valley University Kelly Green squad.
White jumped out to a 10-2 lead and utilized a 15-5 run stretching across the first and second quarters to take a 29-9 lead midway through the second. White stretched the lead to 26, 43-17 at the break. Kelly Green played much better in the second half of the game, outscoring White 34-23 over the final two quarters to make final score more respectable, 66-51.
Two games specifically are worth noting for Thursday night’s action with team Pink meeting the USciences squad, also known as team Maroon, as they go for the tiebreak between at 5-2 on Court 2 at 7 p.m.
White, also known as Kutztown University, meets Sky Blue at 7 pm. on Court 3, meaning two teams part of the humongous third-place deadlock will go at it head-to-head.
Gold, which meets Royal Blue, and Maroon, which faces Pink on the same Court 2 in the first game, clinch playoff spots with a win.
Since we are playing catch-up, the next standings Following the Thursday report are the current ones. But the positions are now in official natural order by seeds as of this report and will be so through the end of the regular season.
But at this point in the time frame after Tuesday night, Gold was alone in first, the second place tie is broken in terms of a seed Pink gets the nod over Maroon because of a win over Purple, the highest of the next group, while Maroon lost to the same team.
As of this, they had yet to meet head-to-head.
In the five-way for third, Purple at 2-0 within the group gets seed 4, Orange at 2-1 gets the fifth seed, Sky Blue at 1-1 gets the sixth seed, and then White at 0-1 gets the seventh seed, and Royal Blue the eighth at 0-2.
Obviously, not everyone in this logjam has meet each other.
No ties exist among the rest. If the season ended as of this report, White would have made the clear cut for the playoffs.
Meanwhile, in terms of the rest with five games left as of this particularly report, ninth seed Red trails by a game, 10th seed Black trails by two, Hunter Green trails by three while Kelly Green trails by four.
Hunter Green meets Red going into Thursday while Kelly Green meets Purple, facing elimination with a loss.
(Thru July 13)
Team, W-L, Pct., G.B., PF, PA
@-Gold, 6-1, .833, ---, 408 330
Pink, 5-2, .714, 1.0, 457 414
Maroon, 5-2, .714, 1.0, 420 360
%-Purple, 4-3, .571, 2.0, 432 386
@-Orange, 4-3, .571, 2.0 358 377
Sky Blue, 4-3, .571, 2.0, 452 477
White, 4-3, .571, 2.0 348 452
Royal Blue, 4-3, .571, 2.0, 434 399
%-Red,3-4, .429, 3.0 , 348 380
%-Black, 2-5, .286, 4.0, 304 370
@-Hunter Green, 1-6, .167, 5.0, 323 392
Kelly Green, 0-7, .000, 6.0, 391 500
%-includes forfeit win
@-includes forfeit loss
Thursday, July 14
Hunter Green (1-6) vs. Red (3-4), Court 1
Pink (5-2) vs. Maroon (5-2), Court 2
Sky Blue (4-3), vs. White (4-3), Court 3
Orange (4-3) vs. Black (2-5), Court 1
Royal Blue (4-3) vs. Gold (6-), Court 2
Purple (4-3) vs. Kelly Green (0-7), Court 3
Tuesday, July 12
Black 69, Purple 65
Orange 56, Royal Blue 48
White 66, Kelly Green 55
Pink 62, Red 37
Maroon 60, Sky Blue 40
Gold 62, Hunter Green 43
Thursday, June 30
Gold 90, Kelly Green 52
White 67, Maroon 65
Red 67, Purple 65, OT
Royal Blue 69, Pink 56
Orange 69, Sky Blue 57
Black 2, Hunter Green 0, forfeit
Tuesday, June 28
Purple 90, White 81
Gold 76, Pink 59
Maroon 58, Kelly Green 47
Royal Blue 55, Black 45
Orange 67, Hunter Green 42
Sky Blue 61, Red 56
Thursday, June 23
Sky Blue 78, Royal Blue 71
Orange 71, Kelly Green 65
Purple 2, Gold 0, forfeit
Maroon 64, Black 41
White 67, Red 64, OT
Pink 70, Hunter Green 66, OT
Tuesday, June 21
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
46 Chelsea Woods, Purple, L, vs. Black, July 12
43-Chelsea Woods, Purple, W, vs. White, June 28
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-Chelsea Woods, Purple, L, vs. Red, June 30
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-Alynna Williams, Black, L, vs. Pink, June 23
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-Ciara Andrews, Sky Blue, L, vs. Orange, June 30
21-Lauren Rothfeld, Pink, L, Royal Blue, June 30
21-Tori Smick, Red, L, vs. Sky Blue, June 28
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-Taylor Thames, White, W, vs. Maroon, June 30
20-Ciara Andrews, Sky Blue, W, vs. Royal Blue, June 23
20-Lauren Rothfeld, Pink, W-OT, vs. Hunter Green, June 23
20-Mackenzie Rule, Orange, L, vs. vs. Pink, June 22
20-Micah Morgan, Maroon, W-OT, vs. Red, June 16
Gold (6-1) vs. Bk (W), vs. Wh (W), vs. SB (W), vs. Purp (L-@), vs. Pink (W) ,vs. KG (W), vs. HG (W)
Pink (5-2) vs. Pur (W), vs. Bk (W), vs. Orge, (W), vs. HG (W-OT), Gold (L), vs. RB(L), vs. Rd(W)
Maroon (5-2) vs. RB (W), vs. Red (W-OT), vs. Pur(L), vs. Bk (W), KG (W), vs. Wh (L), vs. SB(W)
Purple (4-3) vs. Pk (L), vs. Org (W), vs. M(W), vs. Gd (W-%), vs. W (W) vs. Red (W-OT), vs. Bk(L)
Orange (4-3) vs. Red (@-L), vs. Pur (L), vs. Pnk (L), vs. KG (W), vs. HG (W), vs. SB (W), vs. RB(W)
Sky Blue (4-3) vs. KG (W), vs. HG (W), vs. Gold (L), vs. RB (W), vs. Red (W), Ornge(L), vs. M(L)
White (4-3) vs. HG (L), vs. Gd (L), vs. Bk (W), vs. Red (W-OT), vs. Pur (L), vs. M (W), vs. KG(W)
Royal Blue (4-3) vs. M (L), vs. KG (W), vs. HG (W), vs, SB (L), vs. Black (W), Pnk(W), vs. Orng(L)
Red (3-4) vs. Org (%-W), vs. M (L-OT), vs. KG (W), vs. Wh (L-OT), vs. SB (L), Pur (W-OT), vs. PK(L)
Black (2-5) vs. Gd (L), vs. Pk (L), vs. Wh (L), vs. M (L), vs. RB (L), vs. HG (W-%), vs. Pur(W)
Hunter Green (1-6) vs. Wh (W), vs. SB (L), vs RB (L), vs. Pk (L-OT), vs. Org (L),vs. Blk (L-@) vs. Gd(L)
Kelly Green (0-7) vs. SB (L), vs. RB (L), vs Red (L), vs. Orange (L), vs. M(L), vs. Gold (L), vs. Wh(L)