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, February 09, 2018

Postgame Scout: Penn Is Very Much in Synch

Guru’s note: Postgame Scout was at The Palestra Friday night for the Dartmouth-Penn matchup and will be back on the scene Friday for the Harvard game against the Quakers.

By Postgame Scout

PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania owned the paint in the Palestra, as the Quakers inside scoring dominated the Big Green from Dartmouth.  


The Penn posts were able to seal deep into Dartmouth’s defense and scored 32 points in the paint with efficiency and strength.  


The first quarter of the game saw Dartmouth get the ball to the high post who then distributed the ball to the scorers.  But the Quakers quickly shut that passing lane down forcing the Big Green to drive.    


A collapsing Penn defense coupled with their very quick close outs left Dartmouth with forced shots late in the shot clock.  The Quakers dominated the boards with 20 offensive rebounds


Dartmouth continued to battle and would hit the 3 when the Big Green got a good look.  But with no inside scoring either from their posts or from dribble penetration, those good looks were few and far between.


Dartmouth pressed Penn.  

The Quakers easily passed through the press and successfully shot quick transitional 3’s, putting the game further out of reach.


Penn is aggressive defensively and extremely proficient offensively.  They value the basketball and are excellent passers.  The dribble is their last resort.  

This team is in sync and fun to watch