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, March 17, 2017

Guru's Overniter: It's a Weekend of Plenty for Philly WBB Collegiate Teams

By Mel Greenberg @womhoopsguru

DURHAM, N.C. – Besides being a day of green for St. Patrick’s Day as well as everyday when it comes to the environment, it’s a weekend of plenty for Philadelphia area women’s collegiate teams.

Down here Friday, Temple will lead off with the press conferences in Cameron Indoor Stadium that will also include Oregon, the Owls’ opponent Saturday night, host Duke and Hampton while out west in Los Angeles at fabled Pauley Pavilion, Penn will be participating with Texas A&M, the Quakers’ opponent, also Saturday night, host UCLA and Boise State in NCAA openers.

Friday a slew of locals will be kicking off their involvement in the WNIT featuring Rider, making its first-ever postseason debut, playing at Virginia Tech; an intra local game of Villanova at Princeton; Saint Joseph’s hosting Virginia, which is a reward for the Hawks’ tremendous second half season comeback from a 2-9 record in early January; Penn State will be hosting Ohio, and Drexel, which won the whole shebang in 2013 in a tremendous run, will be hosting Duquesne.

Incidentally, returning down here for the second time this season after kicking off things with Penn in November, always allows for the tale of remembrance when Guru as a Temple manager down here in an early super Duke men’s era inadvertently handed in the wrong starting lineup involving one person.

The individual was left in the game, though a change could have been made, and at the half the Owls were right there and the person the Guru submitted had 18 or so points.

And a fellow manager then went running through the large group of Temple booster club types that chartered a railroad car to come down screaming it’s Mel’s lineup since everyone was stunned that it was that close.

Think UConn, which in the second half the Blue Devils reverted to that mode and it was a wipeout.

Anyhow the Guru is also doing the employment alma mater thing off special request and will be filing stories for the Inquirer on the Owls as long as they stay and right here tonight late will round up all the local WNIT action.

That said, see you all later.


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