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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.

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Guru Report: West Chester Advances To D2 PSAC Semifinals

Guru note:This account lifted straight from Golden Rams website since detailed enough: 

WEST CHESTER, Pa. – After closing the regular season, on a record-breaking 17-game winning streak the West Chester University women's basketball team entered the Pennsylvania Sate Athletic Conference (PSAC) playoffs with high expectations. The team certainly lived up these expectations in the Quarterfinal as they cruised past Kutztown winning by a final score of 81-72.

West Chester is currently on an 18-game winning streak that actually started back on December 30th when the team defeated Kutztown inside Hollinger Field House by a score of 76-58.

In the first quarter, of play West Chester jumped out on a 8-0 run spurred by back-to-back threes from Lexi Bruno (Millville, N.J./Millville) .Kutztown got on the board with 6:15 to play in the first, thanks to a Taylor Thames layup but West Chester responded to this with another 9-0 run effectively opening the first quarter on a 17-2 run that spanned the first six and a half minutes of play. Kutztown ended the quarter on a 8-6 run but West Chester still managed to take a commanding 23-10 after the first quarter. Bruno led all scorers in the first as she scored nine points shooting a perfect 3-3 from the field and from 3-point range.

In the second quarter, the first two and a half minutes of play were very evenly matched as the teams traded baskets eventually West Chester did manage to go on 7-2 run to take a 38-19 lead with just over four minutes left to play in the half. Overall, West Chester managed to outscore their guests by a 21-12 margin in the second quarter which allowed them to take a commanding 44-22 lead into the locker room.

West Chester shot a blistering 7-12 (58.3 %) from 3-point range in the first half, to go along with 15-33 (45.5 %) shooting from the field. The Golden Rams also went 7-9 (77.8 %) from the free throw line in the first half. Kutztown meanwhile struggled to find the range in the first half, as they shot just 7-28 from the field (25  %) and 4-12 (33 %) from downtown. The Golden Bears also went 4-6 (66.7 %) from the charity stripe. WCU also held a noticeable 26-14 advantage in rebounds  as well a 11-9 edge in turnovers.

Coming out of the locker room both teams had a handful of early miscues but overall West Chester still managed to shoot 8-14 (57.1 %) from the field while going 2-4 (50 %) from 3-point range. Kutztown did manage to outscore West Chester in the third as they held a narrow 30-27 advantage for the quarter. West Chester committed a costly eight turnovers in the third, while Kutztown committed just four but the impressive halftime lead allowed West Chester to retain a 67-52 lead heading to the fourth quarter.

During the fourth quarter each side struggled to find the range during the first six minutes of play as at the first media timeout in the fourth, with just over four minutes to play West Chester was outscoring Kutztown by a narrow 6-4 margin. Kutztown ultimately ended up outscoring West Chester in the fourth by a 20-14 margin but once again the early lead continued to pay dividends as West Chester hung on for the 81-72 victory.

Overall, West Chester shot 26-61 (42.6 %) from the field while shooting 9-19 (47.4 %) from deep. West Chester also shot 20-29 (69 %) from the charity stripe en route to the victory. The West Chester defense stood tall yet again as they held Kutztown to just 25-66 (37.9 %) shooting from the field, 9-27 (33.3 %) from 3-point land, and 13-19 (68.4 %) from the charity stripe. The Golden Rams ultimately ended the game with a 46-37 advantage on the class including a 32-25 advantage on the defensive glass. West Chester held narrow leads in both points off turnovers and second-chance points while a 21-20 advantage in points off turnovers while they held a 15-7 advantage in second-chance points.

Bruno ended the game with a game-high 22 points, along with seven rebounds, four steals and four rebounds to held lead West Chester vo victory. Camden Boehner (Gettysburg, Pa./Gettysburg) turned in a strong performance as well with 16 points, as well as a pair of rebounds and a pair of assists. Mia Hopkins (Pittston, Pa./Pittston) and Katherine Fisher (Rutledge, Pa./Strath Haven) both scored 12 points while Hopkins came away with 12 rebounds for yet another double-double while Fisher pulled down eight rebounds of her own.  

Rylee Derr was the leading scorer for Kutztown as she scored 17 points while also coming away with four rebounds and a pair of assists.

West Chester will face Edinboro (No. 2 seed - West) in the PSAC Semifinals on Saturday, March 3, at 1:00 p.m. on the campus of Indiana University (Pa.) 

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