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, July 21, 2017

Philly Women's Summer League: Late Scores in Separate Games Drop Maroon and Boost Forest Green to Tie At The Top

By Mel Greenberg (@womhoopsguru)

HATBORO, Pa. – Two dramatic finishes involving the frontrunners of the Philadelphia/Suburban Women’s NCAA-Certified Summer Basketball League Thursday night brought the top of the standings to a dead heat, while Team Electric Green’s 95-47 win over Team Pink, also known as Penn State-Abington, enabled the winners to earn a playoff bid heading to Tuesday night’s final of the 11-game schedule of the regular season.

In all there are now six of the eight slots filled for the postseason, which opens with quarterfinals next Thursday at Kelly Bolish Gym, home of the AAU Renegades, and continues the following Tuesday (Aug. 1) and Thursday (Aug. 3) with semifinals and the championship.

Other results Thursday created a whole series of ties through the upper part of the standings, though the grouping is no longer in bunches. Team White eliminated Team Red, also known as Chestnut Hill, with a 65-53 win, leaving essentially three contenders: Team Orange, also known as Holy Family; Team Sun, also known as Ursinus; and Sky Blue for the final two playoff slots.

In the two attention-getting outcomes, No. 1 Team Maroon, also known as USciences, had a long winning streak snapped when Veronica Christ, an incoming Elizabethtown freshman from Delaware Valley Regional, nailed a shot with 23 seconds left in regulation to put Team Royal Blue, also known as Kutztown, in front and add one more point for a 57-54 win.

On the same Court 2 of the three-courts venue, Forest Green, also known as West Chester, in the second game got two foul shots from Mia Hopkins to make it a three-point lead with 31 seconds left, enough to withstand Team Black, also known as Thomas Jefferson U., formerly Philadelphia U., which got a shot from Jess Kaminski to make the final score 70-69 and allow Forest Green to tie Maroon for first.

Maroon, off a thrilling double overtime win over Forest Green earlier this summer, has the tiebreaker if both teams stay deadlocked when the final horn sounds Tuesday night.

Maroon meets Team Sun, the Ursinus bunch, at 7 p.m. on Court 2. Sun lost a chance to enhance their postseason outlook losing to Team Orange 95-47 allowing the winners to stay in the hunt.

And back near the top, things are not as simply as a two-team affair, because just a game behind Team White and Team Royal Blue are tied and there could be a four-team tie at the end.

A game behind the third-place occupants, Electric Green, off its win, and Black, off the loss, are tied for fifth, and then Sun and Orange are tied for seventh at 5-5 with Sky Blue, next at 4-6.

Sky Blue was idle, having picked up a forfeit win several weeks ago, and also having beaten Purple, in a game originally scheduled for Thursday night, but played that night on July 6.

The Guru and commissioner’s standings are now back in compatibility since the Guru had withheld Sky and Purple’s forfeit wins to keep the number of nightly games even for several weeks until being able to slot the wins into the standings Thursday.

Down below, your Guru will go through a bunch of tie-breaking scenarios, though not all, to be done if necessary after the final standings are completed.

Current seed positions will also be explained.

Besides the standings race, several individual performances marked the 20 points-or-more nightly standard, all of them some of the better ones among the 12 teams to date.

Though Chelsea Woods, the Saint Joseph’s senior who has been hitting the mark consistently for Electric Green, who was unable to attend Thursday, the slack was picked by Hannah Fox, an Amherst sophomore out of Penn Charter, who scored 30 points.

Fox was newly returned from helping USA gain a gold medal in the recent Maccabiah Games in Israel. She noted the international line for three-pointers is much longer, which may be why she enjoyed pouring down six three-balls here Thursday.

Penn sophomore Kristen Daley of Team Sun matched Maroon’s Jess Huber’s earlier season 33 points, in the loss to Orange, the second best night overall behind Saint Joseph’s Amanda Fioravanti, who had a league-best 41 points in a game last month early on the schedule.

In the same game, Liz Radley, a Holy Family sophomore on Team Orange out of South Jersey’s Bishop Eustace, had 29 points Thursday.

Orange’s Megan Pickell, an Ithaca junior out of Episcopal Academy, almost hit the mark, scoring 19 in the win over Sun.

In Forest Green’s win Mia Hopkins added another 20 plus performance, scoring 26 by the West Chester senior from upstate Pennsylvania. 

Incidentally, the recaps will be a little slimmer for the second night with Bob Heller on assignment elsewhere this week but he will be back in the flow on Tuesday for the remainder of the schedule.

Breaking the Ties
    
In the terms of the running standings, it is easier to bring everyone up to date on the current situation heading into Tuesday night.

As mentioned, Maroon and Forest Green are tied for first at 9-2 and Maroon owns the one seed for now off the double overtime win over Forest Green.

Purple and White are in third at 7-3 and Royal Blue had beaten White when the traditional power was struggling early in the season so it holds the third seed with White fourth, though that could change.

In fifth are Electric Green (6-4) and Black (6-4) and Electric Green’s previous win over Black lands fifth with Black, of course, in sixth.

Tied for seventh, Orange’s Thursday win over Sun to bring both teams to 5-5 puts the Holy Family group in seventh followed by Sun.

Just a game behind in ninth but very much alive, Sky Blue (4-6) is just behind Orange and Sun while eliminated but in no deadlock is Red (2-8) in 10th. Tied at 11th is Pink and Purple (Delaware Valley), both already eliminated but Pink’s win over Purple lands 11th.

Looking Ahead to Games and Scenarios

Ok, as to the key games Tuesday, Orange will be a tough underdog to Electric Green at 8:15 p.m. on Court 2, after Sky Blue meets Pink at 7, going into the game as a strong favorite.

Maroon plays Sun at 7 followed by Forest Green meeting Royal Blue at 8:15 on Court 3, a game that could scramble much depending on the outcome.

Tie-Break Potential in Final Standings

The fact Royal Blue plays Forest Green could tighten things, especially if Maroon gets upset.

Obviously if Black or Forest Green win without the other, the winner gets the top seed.

In a Three-Way tie for first at 8-3 among Maroon, Forest Green, and Royal Blue, the West Chester/Royal Blue squad would be 2-0 to get the top seed and then Maroon, with a win over Forest Green, would be second, followed by Forest Green.

If Forest wins and Maroon loses with a White win, causing a second-place tie, White gets second ahead of Maroon off an early season triumph.

A four-way first place tie at 8-3 among Forest Green, Black, Royal Blue and White, then Royal Blue at 3-0 would be the top seed, the other three would be 1-1 in their remaining group and how that gets determined must wait until the final standings to see what would qualify for best win among the remaining threesome.

A tie of White, Royal Blue and Electric Green yields Royal Blue at 2-0 to be the first to get get slotted, followed by whichever team had beaten the other among White and Royal Blue.

At the bottom fighting for two of the remaining slots among three teams, a three-way knot yields Sky Blue, which is 2-0 over the two other teams, of which the head-to-head winner lands the eighth spot.

Thursday’s Recaps

Team Orange 84, Team Sun 63

A key win for Orange and tough loss for Sun concerning the playoffs. As mentioned, Orange’s Liz Radley paced the Holy Family crowd with 29, followed by Morgan Pickell’s 19 points, aided by a trio of 3-balls.

Kristen Daley’s 33 for Sun was also helped by three threes while Marisa Marano, a Villa Jos. Marie grad at Ursinus, scored nine points and Marisa DiLeo scored eight.

Team White 65, Team Red 53

Mary Sheehan, an incoming Saint Joseph’s freshman out of Cardinal O’Hara, led the winners with 14 points, Shira Newman, a 2013 Millersville grad out of Upper Dublin, had 12 points, all courtesy of four three-pointers, while Amanda Fioravanti scored 12, and Ashley Wood, a 2013 Kutztown grad out of Spring-Ford and daughter of Team White coach Keith Wood, scored 10.

Vicky Tumasz, a North Penn grad at Chestnut Hill, had 12 points, also all obtained from beyond the arc, while Natalie Kucowski, an incoming Lafayette freshman out of Saint Basil, had seven points, Courtney Webster, a LeMoyne senior from Central Bucks East, scored six as did Bianca Picardo, a recent 2017 NYU grad out of Souderton, and Saint Joseph’s senior Avery Marz.

Team Electric Green 95, Team Pink 47

Even without Chelsea Wood in the house, Electric Green was still powerful becoming the sixth team to earn a playoff berth after the first five qualifiers became eligible following Tuesday’s games.

Hannah Fox, as mentioned, stepped off the USA Maccabiah squad after winning a Gold Medal in Israel, and scored 30, sharpshooting six three-pointers, Sammy Stipa, , a Lafayette senior out of Spring-Ford, scored 14, Jessica Gerber a Kenyon junior out of Council Rock North, scored 13 aided by three 3-balls, and Emily Walls, a Moravian junior out of Bayard Rustin, scored 12.

Symantha Marrero, a Penn State Abington senior out of Central High, had 16 points for Pink, shooting 9-for-10 from the line, while Shayna Rodriguez, a junior out of Archbishop Ryan, had 14 points, aided by four three-pointers, and Grace Dewey, a senior, had nine points, while Brittany Keyes out of Archbishop Wood, scored eight.

Team Royal Blue 57, Team Maroon 54

Getting into the mix near the top with a chance to be the number one seed, the Kutztown dominated squad was led by Sierra Taylor, a sophomore out of Camden Catholic, with 14 points, Karen Lapkiewicz, another sophomore, but out of Saint Basil, scored 14 points, and Michaela Clay, a Saint Joseph’s junior, scored 13 points.

Since Maroon’s previous win on Tuesday it had been announced the Devils’ GPA got them a 17th on the academic Division II top 25 announced by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).

In the loss, Alex Thomas, scored 15 points, Laura Trisch, out of Archbishop Wood, scored 14 points, Jess Huber, out of North Penn, scored nine, as did Colleen Walsh, who got all her nine points off of three three pointers fired by the Shipley School graduate.

Team Forest Green 70, Team Black 69

As mentioned Mia Hopkins had 26 to get the West Chester bunch into the first place tie, while Siani McNeil, a Delco Christian grad, had 12, ahead of nine from Jen Horvatinovic, a 2017 Tampa grad, and eight from Katie Feehery, a Scranton senior out of Cardinal I’Hara.

Alynna Williams, a sophomore at Thomas Jefferson U on Team Black out of Plymouth Whitemarsh, scored 16 points, Caitlyn Cunningham, a Rams sophomore out of Mt. St. Joseph’s, scored 13, and Sabria Lytes, an incoming Rams freshman out of Truman High, scored 10 points.

Standings
(Thru Monday, July 24)

Team,  W-L, Pct., G.B., PF, PA

$-Maroon, 8-2, .800, -- ,  674 488
$-Forest Green, 8-2, .800, -- , 668 588
$-^%-Royal Blue, 7-3, .800,1.0 , 533 465
$-White, 7-3, .700, 1.0,  634 549
$-Electric Green, 6-4, .600, 2.0, 650 597
$-Black, 6-4, .600, 2.0, 660 562
!-Orange, 5-5, .500, 3.0 ,  560 681
^-Sun, 5-5, .500, 3.0 561 528
@Sky Blue, 4-6, .400, 4.0, 579 626
X-!%-Red, 2-8, .200, 6.0, 464 519
X-Pink, 1-9, .100, 7.0, 476 759
X-@-Purple, 1-9, .000, 7.0 438 633

@-The July 6 forfeit win of Sky Blue over Orange and Purple over Red are now applied and so the Guru and the commish are in synch heading to the final night.
!-Does include Orange forfeit loss to Sky Blue and Red loss to Purple on July 6 with 2 yielded forfeit pts.
^-Does include Royal Blue forfeit 2-0 loss to Sun
%-Does include Red forfeit loss to Royal Blue
$-Clinched playoffs
X-Eliminated from playoffs

Individual Scoring 20 Or More Points

41-Amanda Fioravanti, White, L, vs. Sky Blue, June 27
33-Kristen Daley, Sun, L, vs. Orange, July 20
33-Jess Huber, Maroon, W-2OT, vs. Forest Green, June 29
31-Chelsea Woods, Electric Green, W, vs. Sky Blue, July 13
30-Hannah Fox, Electric Green, W, vs. Pink, July 20
30-Chelsea Woods, Electric Green, W, vs. Red, June 27
29- Liz Radley, Orange, W, vs. Sun, July 20
28-Chelsea Woods, Electric Green, W, vs. Forest Green, July 11
27-Chelsea Woods, Electric Green, L, vs. White, July 18
27-Amanda Fioravanti, White, L, vs. Royal Blue, June 22
27-Kendall Grasella, Sky Blue, L, vs. Forest Green, June 15
26-Mia Hopkins, Forest Green, W, vs. Black, July 20
26-Katie Jekot, Sky Blue, L, vs. Black, July 18.
26-Amanda Fioravanti, White, W, vs. Black, June 29
26-Chelsea Woods, Electric Green, W, vs. Black 57, June 22
25-Caitlyn Cunningham, Black, W, vs. Sky Blue, July 18
25-Chelsea Woods, Electric Green, L, vs. Royal Blue, June 15
24-Beverly Kum, Black, W, vs. Orange, July 13
23-Lydia Konstanzer, Sun, W, vs. Purple, June 27
23-Chelsea Woods, Electric Green, L, vs. Sun, June 20
23-Kendall Grasella, Sky Blue, L, vs. Royal Blue, June 20
22-Kristen Daley, Sun, W, vs. Red, July 18
22-Amanda Fioravanti, White, W, vs. Sun, July 13
22-Irisa Ye, Maroon, W, vs. Pink, July 13
22-Sierra Taylor, Royal Blue, L, vs. Black, July 6
21-Ashley Smink, Purple, L, vs. White, July 6
21-Caitlyn Cunningham, Black, W, vs. Pink, June 20
21-Jada Smith, Orange, W, vs. Purple, June 20
21-Amanda Fioravanti, White, L, vs. Maroon, June 15
20-Mia Hopkins, Forest Green, W, vs. Pink, July 18
20-Meghan Pickell, Orange, L, vs. Maroon, July 18
20-Kendall Grasella, Sky Blue L, vs. Maroon, July 11
20-Vicky Tumasz, Red, W, vs. Sky Blue, June 29
20-Katie O’Hare, Orange, W, vs. Royal Blue, June 29
20-Mia Hopkins, Forest Green, W, vs. Orange, June 27
20-Alynna Williams, Black, L, vs. Royal Blue, June 22
20-Mia Hopkins, Forest Green, W, vs. White, June 20
20-Beverly Kum, Black, W, vs. Pink, June 20
20-Amanda Fioravanti, White, L, vs. Forest Green, June 20 

SEASON RESULTS/SCHEDULES

THURSDAY, JUNE 15
Regular Season

Early Games Results

Orange-HF vs. Red-CH – W-Orange-HF 60-56 
Forest Green-WC vs. Sky Blue – W-Forest Green-WC 74-59
Sun-UC vs. Black-PHU – W-Black-PHU 70-42

Late Games Results

Royal Blue-KU vs. Electric Green – W-Royal Blue-KU 56-47
Pink-PSUAB vs. Purple-DV – W-Pink-PSUAB 55-52
Maroon-US vs. White – W-White 56-50

TUESDAY, JUNE 20

Early Games Results

COURT 1: Sky Blue vs. Royal Blue-KU – W-Royal Blue-KU 76-65
COURT 2: Black-PHU vs. Pink-PSUAB – W-Black-PHU 89-43
COURT 3: Purple-DV vs. Orange-HF – W-Orange-HF 68-51

Late Games Results

COURT 1: White  vs. Forest Green-WC – W-Forest Green-WC 57-51
COURT 2: Electric Green vs. Sun-UC – W-Sun 73-46
COURT 3: Red-CH vs. Maroon-US – W-Maroon-US 42-33

THURSDAY, JUNE 22

Early Games Results

COURT 1: Maroon-US vs. Purple-DV – W-Maroon-US 80-36
COURT 2: Royal Blue-KU vs. White -W-Royal Blue 65-64
COURT 3: Black-PHU vs. Electric Green -W-Electric Green 59-57

Late Games Results

COURT 1: Sun-UC vs. Sky Blue – W-Sky Blue 51-46
COURT 2: Forest Green-WC vs. Red-CH - W-Forest Green 55-52
COURT 3: Orange-HF vs. Pink-PSUAB – W-Orange 60-44

TUESDAY, JUNE 27

Early Games Results

COURT 1: White vs. Sky Blue – W-SB 77-70
COURT 2: Orange-HF vs. Forest Green-WC – W-FG 61-48
COURT 3: Purple-DV vs. Sun-UC – W-Sun-UC 70-50

Late Games Results

COURT 1: Black-PHU vs. Maroon-US – W-M-US 74-50
COURT 2: Red-CH vs. Electric Green – W-EG 77-63
COURT 3: Royal Blue-KU vs. Pink-PSUAB – W-RB 83-47 

THURSDAY, JUNE 29

Early Games Results

COURT 1: Purple-DV vs. Electric Green – W-EG 74-55
COURT 2: Forest Green-WC vs. Maroon-US – W-M 73-69 (2OT)
COURT 3: Royal Blue-KU vs. Orange-HF – W-OR 83-63

Late Games Results

COURT 1: Sun-UC vs. Pink-PSUAB – W-Sun 76-46
COURT 2: White vs. Black-PHU – W-White 61-45
COURT 3: Sky Blue vs. Red-CH – W-Red 88-72 

TUESDAY, JULY 4

Holiday – No Games

THURSDAY, JULY 6

Early Games Result

COURT 1: Forest Green-WC vs. Sun-UC – W-Forest Green-WC 70-60
COURT 2: Purple-DV vs. Red-CH  - W-Purple 2-0^
COURT 3: Pink-USAB vs. White – W-White 68-47

Late Games Result

COURT 1: Maroon-US vs. Electric Green – W-Maroon-US 62-51
COURT 2: Royal Blue-KU  vs. Black-JU$ - W-Black-TJU$ 70-62 
COURT 3: Sky Blue vs. Orange-HF – W-Sky Blue 2-0@
COURT 3: Sky Blue vs. Purple-DV – W-Sky Blue 77-55*

^-Red lost on a forfeit 2-0 to Purple but Purple’s win will go into the Guru’s league standings after July 20
@-Orange lost on a forfeit 2-0 to Sky Blue but Sky Blue’s win will go into the Guru’s league standings after July 20
*The Sky Blue vs Purple game was originally scheduled July 20 but already played so they will be off and the Guru’s and Commissioner’s standings will then even out.
$-Philadelphia University or Team Black is now Thomas Jefferson University   

TUESDAY, JULY 11

Early Games

COURT 1: Purple-DV vs. Black-TJU – W-Black-TJU 63-35
COURT 2: White vs. Orange-HF – W-White 71-47 
COURT 3: Electric Green vs. Forest Green-WC – W-Electric Green 68-60

Late Games

COURT 1: Red-CH vs. Pink-PUSAB – W-Red 78-71
COURT 2: Sky Blue vs. Maroon-US – W-Maroon 65-46
COURT 3: Royal Blue-KU  vs. Sun-UC – W-Sun 2-0, forfeit

THURSDAY, JULY 13

Early Games

COURT 1: Royal Blue-KU vs. Red-CH – W-Royal Blue 2-0, forfeit
COURT 2: Pink-USAB vs. Maroon-US – W-Maroon-US 83-35
COURT 3: Sky Blue vs. Electric Green – W-Electric Green 81-66 

Late Games

COURT 1: Orange-HF vs. Black-TJU – W-Black-TJU 79-55
COURT 2: White vs. Sun-UC – W-White 70-56
COURT 3: Purple-DV vs. Forest Green-WC – W-Forest Green-WC 77-66

TUESDAY, JULY 18

Early Games

COURT 1: Forest Green-WC vs. Pink-PSUAB – W – Forest Green-WC 75-42
COURT 2: Sun-UC vs. Red-CH – W – Sun 73-41
COURT 3: Sky Blue vs. Black-TJU – W – Black-TJU 68-62

Late Games

COURT 1: Maroon-US vs. Orange-HF – W – Maroon 91-55
COURT 2: Royal Blue-KU vs. Purple-DV – W – Royal Blue-KU 69-33
COURT 3: White vs. Electric Green – W – White 58-52

THURSDAY, JULY 20

Early Games

COURT 1: Electric Green vs. Pink-USAB – W – Electric Green 95-47
COURT 2: Royal Blue-KU vs. Maroon-US – W – Royal Blue 57-54
COURT 3: Red-CH vs. White – W – White  65-53

Late Games

COURT 1: Sun-UC vs. Orange-HF – W – Orange 84-63
COURT 2: Sky Blue vs. Purple-DV – played July 6 won by Sky Blue 77-55
The Sky Blue forfeit win over Orange and Purple forfeit win over Red on July 6 now go into the Guru’s standings as wins to get in synch with the commissioner though the last three weeks teams in the standings were the same
  
COURT 3: Forest Green-WC  vs. Black-TJU – W – Forest Green 70-69

TUESDAY, JULY 25 (Regular Season Ends)

7 p.m.

COURT 1: Black-TJU (6-4) vs. Red-CH (2-8)
COURT 2: Sky Blue (4-6) vs. Pink-USAB (1-9) 
COURT 3: Sun-UC (5-5) vs. Maroon-US (8-2)

8:15 p.m.

COURT 1: White (7-3)  vs. Purple-DV (1-9)
COURT 2: Electric Green (6-4) vs. Orange-HF (5-5)
COURT 3: Royal Blue-KU (7-3) vs. Forest Green-WC (8-2) 

PLAYOFFS

THURSDAY, JULY 27

QUARTERFINALS

7 p.m.

COURT 1: Seed-1 vs. Seed-8
COURT 2: Seed-6 vs. Seed-3

8:15 p.m.

COURT 1: Seed-2 vs. Seed-7
COURT 2: Seed-5 vs. Seed-4

TUESDAY, AUGUST 1

SEMIFINALS

7 p.m.

COURT 1: Highest Surviving Seed vs. Lowest Surviving Seed

8:16 p.m.

COURT 1: Second Highest Surviving Seed vs. Second Lowest Surviving Seed

THURSDAY, AUGUST 3

CHAMPIONSHIP

7 p.m.

COURT 1: Tuesday’s Surviving Winners

SCHEDULES BY TEAM (Thru July 24)

BLACK (Thomas Jefferson University – formerly Philadelphia U.) (6-4)

June 15: vs. Sun (Ursinus) W: 70-42
June 20: vs. Pink (PSU-Abington) W: 89-42 
June 22: vs. Electric Green L: 57-59
June 27: vs. Maroon (USciences) L: 50-74
June 29: vs. White L: 45-61
July 4:  No Game (Holiday)
July 6: vs. Royal Blue (Kutztown) W: 70-62
July 11: vs. Purple (Delaware Valley) W: 63-35
July 13: vs. Orange (Holy Family) W: 79-55
July 18: vs. Sky Blue W: 68-62
July 20: vs. Forest Green (West Chester) L: 69-70
July 25 (Tues), 7 p.m.: vs. Red (Chestnut Hill, Court 1

ELECTRIC GREEN (6-4)

June 15: vs. Royal Blue (Kutztown) L: 47-56
June 20: vs. Sun (Ursinus) L: 46-73
June 22: vs. Black (Thomas Jefferson U.) W: 59-57
June 27: vs. Red (Chestnut Hill) W: 77-63
June 29: vs. Purple (Delaware Valley) W: 74-55
July 4: No Game (Holiday)
July 6: vs. Maroon (USciences) L: 51-62
July 11: vs. Forest Green (West Chester) W: 68-60
July 13: vs. Sky Blue W: 81-66
July 18: vs. White L: 52-58
July 20: vs. Pink (PSU-Abington) W: 95-47
July 25 (Tues), 8:15 p.m.: vs. Orange (Holy Family), Court 2

FOREST GREEN (West Chester) (8-2)

June 15: vs. Sky Blue W: 74-59
June 20: vs. White W: 57-51
June 22: vs. Red (Chestnut Hill) W: 55-52
June 27: vs. Orange (Holy Family) W: 61-48
June 29: vs. Maroon (USciences) L: 69-73 (2OT)
July 4 : No Games (Holiday)
July 6: vs. Sun (Ursinus) W: 70-60
July 11: vs. Electric Green L: 60-68
July 13: vs. Purple (Delaware Valley) W: 77-66
July 18: vs. Pink (PSU-Abington) W: 75-42
July 20: vs. Black (Thomas Jefferson U.) W: 70-69
July 25 (Tues), 8:15 p.m.: vs. Royal Blue (Kutztown), Court 3

MAROON (USciences) (8-2)

June 15: vs. White L: 50-56
June 20: vs. Red (Chestnut Hill) W: 42-33
June 22: vs. Purple (Delaware Valley) W: 80-36
June 27: vs. Black (Thomas Jefferson U.) W: 74-50
June 29: vs. Forest Green (West Chester) W: 73-69 (2OT)
July 4: No Games (Holiday)
July 6: vs. Electric Green W: 62-51
July 11: vs. Sky Blue W: 65-46
July 13: vs. Pink (PSU-Abington) W: 83-35
July 18: vs. Orange (Holy Family) W: 91-55
July 20: vs. Royal Blue (Kutztown) L: 54-57
July 25 (Tues), 7 p.m.: vs. Sun (Ursinus), Court 3

ORANGE (Holy Family) (5-5)

June 15: vs. Red (Chestnut Hill) W: 60-56
June 20: vs. Purple (Delaware Valley) W: 68-51
June 22: vs. Pink (PSU-Abington) W: 60-44
June 27: vs. Forest Green (West Chester) L: 48-61
June 29: vs. Royal Blue (Kutztown) W: 83-63
July 4:  No Games (Holiday)
July 6: vs. Sky Blue L: 0-2 forfeit
July 11: vs. White L: 47-71
July 13: vs. Black (Thomas Jefferson U.) L: 55-79
July 18: vs. Maroon (USciences) L: 55-91
July 20: vs. Sun (Ursinus) W: 84-63
July 25 (Tues), 8:15 p.m. : vs. Electric Green, Court 2

PINK (PSU-Abington) (1-9)

June 15: vs. Purple (Delaware Valley) W: 55-52
June 20: vs. Black (Thomas Jefferson U.) L: 42-89
June 22: vs. Orange (Holy Family) L: 44-60
June 27: vs. Royal Blue (Kutztown) L: 47-83
June 29: vs. Sun (Ursinus) L: 46-76
July 4: No Games (Holiday)
July 6: vs. White L: 47-68
July 11: vs. Red (Chestnut Hill) L: 71-78
July 13: vs. Maroon (USciences) L: 35-83
July 18: vs. Forest Green (West Chester) L: 42-75
July 20: vs. Electric Green L: 47-95
July 25 (Tues), 7 p.m.: vs. Sky Blue, Court 2

PURPLE (Delaware Valley) (1-9) - #

June 15: vs. Pink (PSU-Abington ) L: 52-55
June 20: vs. Orange (Holy Family) L: 51-68
June 22: vs. Maroon (USciences) L: 36-80
June 27: vs. Sun (Ursinus) L: 50-70
June 29: vs. Electric Green L: 55-74
July 4: No Games (Holiday)
July 6: vs. Sky Blue L: 58-77 (originally scheduled July 20)
July 11: vs. Black (Thomas Jefferson U.) L: 35-63
July 13: vs. Forest Green (West Chester) L: 66-77
July 18: vs. Royal Blue (Kutztown) L: 33-69
#-July 20: vs. Red (Chestnut Hill) W: 2-0 forfeit win and will go into Guru records
July 25 (Tues), 8:15 p.m.: vs. White, Court 1

RED (Chestnut Hill) (2-8)

June 15: vs. Orange (Holy Family) L: 56-60
June 20: vs. Maroon (USciences) L: 33-42
June 22: vs. Forest Green (West Chester) L: 52-55
June 27: vs. Electric Green L: 63-77
June 29: vs. Sky Blue W: 88-72
July 4: No Games (Holiday)
July 6: vs. Purple (Delaware Valley) L: 0-2 forfeit
July 11: vs. Pink (PSU-Abington) W: 78-71 
July 13: vs. Royal Blue (Kutztown) L: 0-2
July 18: vs. Sun (Ursinus) L: 41-73
July 20: vs. White L: 53-65
July 25 (Tues), 7 p.m.: vs. Black (Thomas Jefferson U.), Court 1

ROYAL BLUE (Kutztown) (7-3)

June 15: vs. Electric Green W: 56-47
June 20: vs. Sky Blue W: 76-65
June 22: vs. White W: 65-64
June 27: vs. Pink (PSU-Abington) W: 83-47
June 29: vs. Orange (Holy Family) L: 63-83 
July 4: No Games (Holiday)
July 6: vs. Black (Thomas Jefferson U.) L: 60-70
July 11: vs. Sun (Ursinus) L: 0-2 forfeit
July 13: vs. Red (Chestnut Hill) W: 2-0 forfeit
July 18: vs. Purple (Delaware Valley) W: 69-33
July 20: vs. Maroon (USciences) W: 57-54
July 25 (Tues), 8:15 p.m.: vs. Forest Green (West Chester), Court 3

SKY BLUE (4-6)-#

June 15: vs. Forest Green (West Chester) L: 59-74
June 20: vs. Royal Blue (Kutztown) L: 65-76
June 22: vs. Sun (Ursinus) W: 51-46
June 27: vs. White W: 77-70
June 29: vs. Red (Chestnut Hill): L: 72-88
July 4: No Games (Holiday)
July 6: vs. Purple (Delaware Valley) W: 77-58 (originally scheduled July 20)
July 11: vs. Maroon (USciences) L: 46-65
July 13: vs. Electric Green L: 66-81
July 18: vs. Black (Phila. U) L: 62-68
#-July 20: vs. Orange (Holy Family) W: 2-0 forfeit and will go into Guru records
July 25 (Tues), 7 p.m.: vs. Pink (PSU-Abington, Court 2

SUN (Ursinus) (5-5)

June 15: vs. Black (Thomas Jefferson U.) L: 42-70
June 20: vs. Electric Green W: 73-46
June 22: vs. Sky Blue L: 46-51
June 27: vs. Purple (Delaware Valley) W: 70-50
June 29: vs. Pink (PSU-Abington) W: 76-46
July 4: No Games (Holiday)
July 6: vs. Forest Green (West Chester) L: 60-70
July 11: vs. Royal Blue (Kutztown) W: 2-0 forfeit
July 13: vs. White L: 56-70
July 18: vs. Red (Chestnut Hill) W: 73-41
July : vs. Orange (Holy Family), L: 63-84
July 25 (Tues), 7 p.m.: vs. Maroon (USciences), Court 3

WHITE (7-3)

June 15: vs. Maroon (USciences) W: 56-50
June 20: vs. Forest Green (West Chester) L: 51-57
June 22: vs. Royal Blue (Kutztown) L: 64-65
June 27: vs. Sky Blue L: 70-77
June 29: vs. Black (Thomas Jefferson U.) W: 61-45
July 4: No Games (Holiday)
July 6: vs. Pink (PSU-Abington) W: 68-47
July 11: vs. Orange (Holy Family) W: 71-47
July 13: vs. Sun (Ursinus) W: 70-56
July 18: vs. Electric Green W: 58-52
July 20: vs. Red (Chestnut Hill) W: 65-53
July 25 (Tues), 8:15 p.m.: vs. Purple (Delaware Valley), Court 1

PLAYOFFS SEEDINGS LIST AND TIEBREAKERS

Now in Natural Order Heading into the Final Night of the Season
(W-Win, L-Loss in parenthesis)

#-After the forfeits of July 6 the Guru and commissioner W-L counts diverged slightly until after July 20 and now they will are in total agreement. The # labelled were not yet factored here until Thursday night.

Maroon (8-2): vs. Wh (L); vs. Red (W); vs. Pu (W); vs. Blk (W); vs. FG (W-2OT); vs. EG (W); vs. SB (W); vs. Pk (W); vs. Or (W); vs. RB (L); vs. Sun
For Grn (8-2): vs. SB (W); vs. Wh (W); vs. Red (W); vs. Or (W); vs. M (L-2OT) ; vs. Sun (W); vs. EG (L); 
vs. Pu (W); vs. Pk (W); vs. Blk (W); vs. RB
 
Roy Blue (7-3); vs. EG (W); vs. SB (W); vs. Wh (W); vs. Pk (W) ; vs. Or (L); vs. Blk (L); vs. Sun (L-F); vs. Red (W-F); vs. Pu (W); M (W); vs. FG
White (7-3): vs. M (W); vs. FG (L); vs. RB (L); vs. SB (L); vs. Blk (W); vs. Pnk (W); vs. Or (W); vs. Sun; 
vs. EG (W); vs. Red (W); vs. Pu

Elec Grn (6-4): vs. RB (L); vs. Sun (L); vs. Blk (W); vs. Red (W); vs. Pu (W); vs. M (L); vs. FG (W);
 vs. SB (W); vs. Wh (L); vs. Pk (W); vs. Or
Black (6-4): vs. Sun (W); vs. Pk (W); vs. EG (L); vs. M (L); vs. Wh (L); vs. RB (W); vs. Pu (W); 
vs. Or (W); vs. SB (W); vs. FG (L); vs. Red

Orange (5-5): vs. Red (W); vs. Pu (W); vs. Pk (W); vs. FG (L); vs. RB (W); vs. SB(F-L); vs. Wh (L); vs. Blk (L); vs. M (L); vs. Sun (W); vs. EG
Sun (5-5): vs. Blk (L); vs. EG (W); vs. SB (L); vs. Pu (W); vs. Pk (W); vs. FG (L); vs. RB (W-F); vs. Wh (L); 
vs. Red (W); vs. Or (L); vs. M

#Sky Blue (4-6): vs. FG (L); vs. RB (L); vs. Sun (W); vs. Wh (W); vs. Red (L); vs. Or(#W-F); vs. M (L);
 vs. EG (L); vs. Blk (L); vs. Pu (W); vs. Pk

Red (2-8): vs. Or (L); vs. M (L); vs. FG (L); vs. EG (L); vs. SB (W); vs. Pur (L-F); vs. Pk (W); vs. RB (L-F); vs. Sun (L); vs. Wh (L); vs. Blk

Pink (1-9): vs. Pu (W); vs. Blk (L); vs. Or (L); vs. RB (L); vs. Sun (L); vs. Wh (L); vs. Red (L); vs. M (L); 
vs. FG (L); vs. EG (L); vs. SB
#Purple (1-9): vs. Pk (L); vs. Or (L); vs. M (L); vs. Sun (L); vs. EG (L); Red (#W-F); vs. Blk (L); vs. FG (L); vs. RB (L); vs. SB (L); vs. Wh


Thursday, July 20, 2017

WNBA Feature: Atlanta's Threesome Headed For All-Star Weekend Represent Part of the League's Future

By Rob Knox @knoxrob1

WASHINGTON –Atlanta’s tremendous triumvirate of Tiffany Hayes, Laysia Clarendon, and Elizabeth Williams are literally living the ultimate dream. 
 
Selected to compete in Saturday’s Verizon WNBA All-Star 2017 in Seattle, they will be among several players making their debut on the league’s brightest stage, which is awesome. Hayes, who led all Eastern Conference guards in voting, will start while Claredon and Williams were chosen as reserves. 
 
“I think its dope (awesome) to just be a part of (the all-star festivities),” Hayes said as dimples creased her cheek from her sparkling smile before the Dream’s 100-96 overtime loss to Washington Wednesday morning at the Verizon Center. 

“It just means a lot to me that everybody thought I deserved to be a starter. I appreciate it. It’s also cool that my starting guard and starting center will be there with me. It’s great and we’re rolling deep. We’re definitely representing for Atlanta.”
 
The Dream and Connecticut Sun lead the way with three all-stars each for the Eastern Conference, which has eight first time All-Stars, including New York’s Sugar Rodgers, who was added Wednesday morning by WNBA president Lisa Borders as an injury replacement for Washington’s Elena Delle Donne. Minnesota’s Rebekkah Brunson was also added to replace Britney Griner.
 
“It’s nice for the fans to be able to see some new faces and get to know some of the players who will be the future of the league,” Williams said. “I’m so, so excited to be part of the All-Star team this year. It’s even more exciting that I get to share this time with two of my teammates, Tip (Tiffany Hayes) and Lay (Layshia Clarendon). Seattle is an awesome basketball city so I’m looking forward to a great weekend.”
 
Williams and Clarendon traveled to Seattle Wednesday from Washington while Hayes flied out Thursday. This is the second time in franchise history that three Atlanta Dream players will represent the organization at the WNBA All-Star game. In 2014, Angel McCoughtry, Shoni Schimmel and Erika de Souza all started the game. Schimmel was the MVP of that game.
 
It’ll be like the rookies against the living legends Saturday afternoon since the Western Conference squad features eight No. 1 draft picks: Seattle’s Sue Bird (the top pick in 2002), Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi (2004), Minnesota’s Seimone Augustus (2006), Los Angeles’ Candace Parker (2008), Minnesota’s Maya Moore (2011), Los Angeles’ Nneka Ogwumike (2012), Griner (2013) and Seattle’s Breanna Stewart (2016). 
 
This game will be a pleasant mixture of the past, present and future of a league that features lots of wonder women.
 
“It’s going to be really cool,” Clarendon said. “It shows how much growth and talent this league has. The league is in really good hands seeing how many first time all-stars there are. It’s great to know that we are ones that will help carry the league forward.”
 
Strangely, the ruthlessly efficient Hayes has always been overlooked which explains why she always competes with a chip on her shoulder the size of the new BMW Stadium being constructed in downtown Atlanta. Many believed, including this author, that Hayes should’ve already appeared in multiple All-Star games before this year. 
 
Hayes has always been an all-star with a gold-medal personality. She’s been consistent since she entered the league and the lethal lefthander has been affectionately referred to as the “Silent Assassin.” Not that she needed it, but it’s nice that Hayes finally has the validation of being one of the best players in the world.
 
Hayes was the second selection in the second round in the 2012 WNBA Draft. Now, in her sixth year, Hayes is a perfect storm of toughness, elegance and explosiveness, She is the Dream’s leading scorer, averaging 17.3 points, which is ninth in the league. She has scored in double figures 19 times this season.
 
“I’ve just been putting in the hard work all the time and taking what comes to me,” Hayes said. “I’ve gotten better each year. It’s finally good to get to be an All-Star. I just remember getting all types of text messages after the selections were announced. I ended up opening Instagram and Twitter and the league posted the starters and I saw that I made it.”
 
Hayes enters the all-star break on a roll having scored 20 points in consecutive games. She finished with 24 points against the Mystics.

 Williams, who’s ninth in the WNBA in rebounding at 7.6 boards per game, has 30 blocked shots over her last seven games. Clarendon leads the league in assists at 7.0 per game.

“A lot of hard work is paying off for me,” Clarendon said. “I am having a really good year. I am proud of my two teammates being there with me. I was super excited when I found out that my girl Elizabeth made the team. We play really well in the pick and roll together. She’s my closest person on the team. Tiff and I started to get a lot closer as well. It’s just going to be awesome to see the three of us there and all of us being first time all stars is kind of cool.”
 
The trio has helped the Dream entertain playoff thoughts, something few people outside of Atlanta expected at the start of the season after McCoughtry, who had been the face of the franchise, decided to take some time away. 
 
The Dream have thrived, its 9-11 record notwithstanding. Atlanta is 3-8 on the road, which is why it’s under .500. Its last two road games were close setbacks to Seattle and Washington.
 
Having three all-stars is a testament to the sterling years that Hayes, Clarendon, and Williams have enjoyed. Rookie Brittany Sykes and dependable veteran Sancho Lyttle make the Dream a formidable threat to do some damage in the second half of the season.
 
“It shows how balanced of a team that we are and how well the coaching staff built this team,” Clarendon said. “This shows our chemistry, balance and our leadership even though we’re a young team. We work together. I am going to enjoy Seattle. What got me here was taking every moment and being present in it and focused.” 
 
 
 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Huge Rally Carries WNBA Washington to Overtime Victory Past Atlanta

By ROB KNOX @knoxrob1

WASHINGTON – The Washington Mystics unleashed a rally to remember to defeat the Atlanta Dream, 100-96, in an overtime thriller at the Verizon Center Wednesday afternoon.
 
The much needed triumph for the Mystics was a showcase of tenacity, toughness and togetherness as they rallied from a 21-point second quarter deficit to beat the Dream for the second time this season. If the Mystics accomplish their ultimate goal of winning a title this season, they’ll look back on this game as their defining moment.
 
Playing without two of its headliners in Elena Delle Donne (sprained right ankle) and Tayler Hill (out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament), Washington displayed an undeniable hatred of losing while digging deep to end the first half of its schedule with plenty of positive vibes. 
 
This was the first time the Mystics overcame a deficit of 21 points-or-more to win a game since July 24, 2013 against Chicago, also a 21 point deficit. 

The comeback comes after less than two weeks ago when the Mystics coughed up a 22-point lead in the third quarter at Connecticut. They also rebounded from their 30-point loss in New York on Sunday to head into the all-star break with a 12-9 record. The Dream fell to 9-11 overall.
 
“That’s one of the better wins of the season, given our circumstances and the way we started the game and everything else,” Washington head coach Mike Thibault said. “A little bit of a gut check, and talking to our players about a couple things. One, when you have adversity somebody has to step up. We did a great job defending the paint. An unbelievable way to go into the All-Star break.”
 
Leading the way for the Mystics was guard Kristi Toliver, who scored a season-high 29 points, fueled by seven three-pointers. She scored 19 points during the first half and was a beacon of light for the Mystics amid a blizzard of early airballs, bricks, and bad bounces. 
 
Emma Meesseman and Ivory Latta finished with 18 points each for the Mystics, who also got 10 points each from Tianna Hawkins and Natasha Cloud. Center Krystal Thomas set a season high with 17 rebounds, one shy of her career high. The fifth-year WNBA veteran scored nine points on 4-6 shooting.
 
Cloud gave the Mystics the lead for good in overtime, 94-92, when she sank a corner 3-pointer with 2 minutes, 32 seconds remaining off of a Toliver pass. When Cloud’s shot swished through the net, the building erupted and the Mystics never trailed again.
 
“We needed as a team, one of these games where our backs were against the wall,” Cloud said. “We had to battle back together and fight through adversity. This is huge for building our trust for each other and building momentum moving forward. This is a game we needed for our team morale.”
 
Meesseman forced overtime when she scored on a wide-open layup that tied the game at 89 with 30.5 seconds remaining. Even though Tiffany Hayes, an All-Star game starter, sank a 3-pointer eight seconds into the overtime for a 92-89 Atlanta edge, the Mystics wouldn’t be denied.
 
It took some time before the Mystics found their groove. 
 
They trailed 64-46 with 7:52 remaining in the third quarter before Washington’s defense turned up the heat. Buzzing like cicadas, the rough and resilient Mystics started chipping away at their deficit. They closed the third quarter with an 18-8 burst to trail, 72-64, entering the final period.
 
In rolling to a 56-41 halftime bulge, the Dream scored 34 points in the second quarter. Atlanta scored 40 points after intermission and 30 over the final 22 minutes. 

Toliver kept the Mystics close by shooting 7-11 from the field and 5-8 from 3-point range in the opening 20 minutes. Atlanta’s largest advantage peaked at 51-30 with 87 seconds left in the first half. 
 
“We just focusing on just disrupting them,” Cloud said. “Atlanta is an example of what a running team should look like. They can push in transition. Early in the first half they were killing us with layups in transition. So for us, it was get back, crowd the paint and build a wall and make them beat us from the perimeter.”
 
The Mystics prevailed despite being under siege the entire game from the Dream’s dynamite duo of All-Star starter Tiffany Hayes and rookie Brittany Sykes. They were special throughout the contest as they each scored 20 or more points for the second consecutive game. The Dream were playing the second of a back-to-back. Atlanta rallied from 17 points to beat San Antonio Tuesday morning. 
 
Sykes, a Syracuse product, led the Dream with a career-high 27 points, her 10th straight game reaching double-figures. Making a late charge for the WNBA’s Rookie of the Year award, Sykes is averaging 18 points per game since entering the starting lineup on June 30. Hayes added 24 points, her 19th game in double-figures.  
 
Sancho Lyttle finished with 11 rebounds and now has 2,344 for her career, moving into 14th-place all-time in WNBA history, passing Tangela Smith (2,335). Damiris Dantas scored 10 points off the bench, her 10th double-figure scoring effort of 2017. All-Star Elizabeth Williams blocked four shots and has 30 in the last seven games. 
 
“We were getting out and running, getting those transition buckets,” Sykes said. “We were executing. We were working really well on defense and communicating. Just down the stretch we had some lost assignments and they were hitting shots and had the momentum going. We played like we didn’t have a game yesterday. We flew in last night, that doesn’t matter for our job. We came out and played hard.”
 
NOTES: Washington and Connecticut are tied for the best record in the Eastern Conference heading into the All-Star break … The Mystics are 7-2 in morning/afternoon games … The Dream are 3-8 on the road this season … After connecting on 26 straight free-throw attempts, Laysia Clarendon missed her first since July 2 game against the New York Liberty … This was Washington’s first home game since June 28. 
 
UP NEXT: Both teams return to action Tuesday. The Mystics visit San Antonio (12:30 p.m.) and the Dream host Phoenix (7 p.m.).

Philly Women's Summer League: Maroon and Forest Green Head Five Teams Clinching Playoff Spots

By Mel Greenberg (@womhoopsguru)

HATBORO, Pa. – Five teams clinched playoff berths Tuesday night with two games left in the regular season led by the recent on-going 1-2 punch of Maroon, also known as USciences, and Forest Green, also known as West Chester in the Philadelphia/Suburban Women’s NCAA Certified Summer Basketball League at Kelly Bolish Gym, home of the AAU Renegades.

Both frontrunners had easy games with Team Maroon topping Team Orange, also known as Holy Family, 91-55, while Team Forest Green took a lopsided 75-42 win over Team Pink, also known as Penn State-Abington.

Team Maroon’s lone loss was to Team White, which could factor if ties have to be broken for seed positions, while Forest Green’s two setbacks were to Team Maroon, 73-69, in double overtime, perhaps the most exciting contest to date, and to Electric Green 68-60.

A three-way tie for third exists and Team White (6-3) edged Electric Green 58-52. 

Team Black, also known as Thomas Jefferson University, which until this month had been known as Philadelphia U., edged Team Sky Blue 68-62, which makes things interesting since three more spots need to be filled by next Tuesday night when the regular season ends.

Team Royal Blue was one of the other two teams that cruised, beating Team Purple, also known as Delaware Valley, 69-33 to stay in the three-way group in third place.

Team Purple is winless on the court but does have a forfeit win on July 6 that the Guru will apply to his standings on Thursday night since Purple has the night off, having played Sky Blue already that night since Sky Blue was also without an opponent through a forfeit.

Longtime commissioner David Kessler already applied all outcomes but standings positions have remained the same for both of us and after Thursday we will be back in synch prior to the final night before the playoffs on Tuesday.

Quarterfinals begin Thursday, July 27, followed by the semifinals on Tuesday, August 1, and championship August 3.

In the other one-sided game on Tuesday night, Team Sun, also known as Ursinus College, beat Team Red, also known as Chestnut Hill, 73-41.

The four romps were helpful here because Bob Heller, who has provided the meat and potatoes to the recaps, is on assignment, so a lot of detail is not necessary.

Following the five who have qualified, though seed spots are still to be determined, teams still in the hunt are Electric Green (5-4) and  Sun (5-4), which are tied for sixth, a game in front Orange (4-5), which is holding the last spot either a half-game or whole-game off that forfeit win mentioned, by Sky Blue (3-6), which has just one game left. 

Purple and Pink have been eliminated by Red, while a long shot, is not entirely banished if a tie at the bottom falls a certain way.

That will be discussed here if it is still in play after Thursday’s games.

In terms of nightly performers hitting the Guru’s 20 or more points, it was one of the more productive nights with six players hitting the standard, led by Saint Joseph’s senior Chelsea Woods of Electric Green, who had 27 points, making it her seventh night of nine to gain the achievement.

Katie Jekot, an incoming freshman at Saint Joseph’s, had a season-high 26 points for her, in the Sky Blue loss to Team Black, whose Caitlyn Cunningham had 25.

Penn sophomore Kristen Daley had 22 to pace the Sun win and Meghan Pickell of Team Orange had 20, as did Mia Hopkins of Forest Green to round out the half-dozen.  
   

Looking Ahead

Only five games will be played Thursday meaning two doubleheaders and a single game beginning at 7 p.m. with the nightcaps to be played at 8:15 p.m. All have some significance.

Electric Green will be looking to gain a playoff spot at 5-4 meeting Pink (1-8) at 7 on Court 1, while Maroon (8-1) will be looking to clinch first since they have the tiebreak with Forest Green and now need to beat Royal Blue (6-3) at 7 on Court 2. Royal Blue will be looking to improve its seed position.

Black (6-3), will also be looking to gain its seed spot, playing Forest Green on Court 2 at 8:15. Of Course Forest Green will be looking to finish at least second and possibly first if Maroon gets knocked off in its final two games.

Sun (5-4) and Orange (4-5) are still fighting for a playoff spot so it’s a must win for both, more so Orange, when they meet at 8:15 on Court 1.

White (6-3), which has shrugged off an untraditional slow start, will be looking to get to at least second or hold the third spot in the final two games. They meet Red, which will be eliminated with a loss, or possibly hold a key tiebreak with a win.

Sky, as mentioned, beat Purple on July 6, so both have the night off.

Breaking Ties

So here is how the standings set after Tuesday in terms of seed position.

As mentioned, Team Maroon (8-1) and Team Forest Green (7-2) hold the 1-2 slots. In how the three-way got broken for third, all three teams were 1-1 against each other but White gets third on a best-win, hitting Maroon with its only loss to date. Then left head-to-head, Black has played and beaten Royal Blue to land them at fourth and fifth.

Moving on to the tie for sixth, Sun (5-4) has a win head-to-head over Electric Green (5-4) for sixth and seventh and Electric Green, playing Pink, will have the greater odds in its favor the next time on the court with Sun playing Orange.

After that there are no ties but teams still in the hunt with Orange (4-5) eighth heading against Sun, while Sky Blue (3-6 or 4-6) has the night off holding ninth before finishing with Pink.

Red (1-7) is 10th but having to play White and Black in its last two games.

Pink is 11th while Purple is 12th (0-9 or 1-9) and has the night off.

That said, here’s the recaps.

Tuesday Recaps

Team Maroon 91, Team Orange 55

The winners moved closer to finishing first and became a playoff squad with a win headed by Colleen Walsh out of the Shipley School at USciences with 18 points, Alex Thomas scored 17, and Laura Trisch out of Archbiship Wood had 15 aided by three 3-balls, and Marissa Sylvester from Nazareth Academy scored 14.

Maroon continues to be the top defensive team in the summer league.

The loss knocked Orange (4-5) on the edge of playoff territory and should the Holy Family group land in a tie to send one to the post season with Red, the Chestnut Hill group are holding a forfeit win.

Meghan Pickell, an Ithaca junior out of Episcopal Academy, had 20 as mentioned above for Orange, while Meghan Hughes, an incoming Holy Family freshman, had 10 points.

Team Forest Green 70, Team Pink 42

The West Chester group stayed a game behind in the standings in second, led by Mia Hopkins, who had 20, fueled by three treys, while Jen Horvatinovic, a recent Tampa grad, had 15, shooting 4-for-4 from the line, and Siani McNeil from Delco Christian had 14 points.

Grace Dewey had 13 for Pink and Samantha Hicks, a Bryn Athyn junior out of Archbishop Ryan, had 11 points.

Team Black 68, Sky Blue 62

Caitlyn Cunningham from Mount St. Joseph’s had three 3-balls on the way to her 25 for Team Black, while Alynna Williams out of Plymouth Whitemarsh scored 11 in one of the two competitive games of the night.

Behind Katie Jekot’s 26 off of five three-pointers for Sky Blue, Erin Lindahl, an Emory sophomore out of Germantown Academy got 12. Penn sophomore Kendall Grasela out of Germantown Academy, a mainstay this summer for Sky Blue, was unable to attend due to other commitments.

Team White 58, Team Electric Green 52

Saint Joseph’s senior Amanda Fioravanti didn’t hit the 20s for White, but 17 was enough to help the cause against her explosive classmate on the opposition. Nia Holland, a Lafayette junior out of the Shipley School added eight points.

As mentioned Chelsea Woods out of Freire Charter continued to dominate on Electric Green as the Saint Joseph’s senior scored 27, nailing three treys, while Samantha Stipa, a Lafayette senior out of Spring-Ford, scored 13.

Team Royal Blue 69, Team Purple 33

In a balanced attack for the Kutztown group, Michaela Clay, a Saint Joseph’s junior, had 16 points for the winners, Keifonna Ferguson out of Norristown Area High, scored 11, Gabbi Wright, out of Cheltenham High, scored 10, while Taylor Thames, from North Penn, had nine, and Sierra Taylor, from Camden Catholic, scored eight.

No one scored in double figures for Purple, which was led by Sarah Wills, out of Mount St. Joseph’s, with seven points, while Shannon Barlow of Neshaminy had six points, as did Courtney Brown, a recent East Stroudsburg graduate out of Council Rock South.

Team Sun 73, Team Red 41

As mentioned, Kristen Daley, a Penn junior, had 22 for the Ursinus squad, and Lydia Konstanzer out of Pennridge, had 10 points to keep the Sun in playoff contention.

Red got 12 points from Natalie Kucowski, an incoming Lafayette freshman from St. Basil, while Saint Joseph’s senior Avery Marz had nine points, all from three 3-balls, while Cassie Siebold, an incoming Chestnut Hill freshman out of Archbishop Wood, and Kristin Hamill, a Franklin & Marshall sophomore out of Radnor, had seven points each.

 Standings
(Thru Wednesday, July 19)

Team,  W-L, Pct., G.B., PF, PA

$-Maroon, 8-1, .889, -- ,  620 431
$-Forest Green, 7-2, .778, 1.0, 598 519
$-White, 6-3, .667, 2.0,  569 496
$-Black, 6-3, .667, 2.0, 591 492
$-^%-Royal Blue, 6-3, .667,2.0 , 476 411
^-Sun, 5-4, .556, 3.0 498 444
Electric Green, 5-4, .556, 3.0, 555 550
!-Orange, 4-5, .444, 4.0 ,  476 518
@Sky Blue, 3-6, .333, 5.0, 577 626
!%-Red, 2-7, .222, 6.0, 411 454
X-Pink, 1-8, .111, 7.0, 429 664
X-@-Purple, 0-9, .000, 8.0 436 633

@-Won’t include July 6 forfeit win of Sky Blue over Orange or Purple over Red until after Thursday night
!-Does include Orange forfeit loss to Sky Blue and Red loss to Purple on July 6 with 2 yielded forfeit pts.
^-Does include Royal Blue forfeit 2-0 loss to Sun
%-Does include Red forfeit loss to Royal Blue
$-Clinched playoffs
X-Eliminated from playoffs

Individual Scoring 20 Or More Points

41-Amanda Fioravanti, White, L, vs. Sky Blue, June 27
33-Jess Huber, Maroon, W-2OT, vs. Forest Green, June 29
31-Chelsea Woods, Electric Green, W, vs. Sky Blue, July 13
30-Chelsea Woods, Electric Green, W, vs. Red, June 27
28-Chelsea Woods, Electric Green, W, vs. Forest Green, July 11
27-Chelsea Woods, Electric Green, L, vs. White, July 18
27-Amanda Fioravanti, White, L, vs. Royal Blue, June 22
27-Kendall Grasella, Sky Blue, L, vs. Forest Green, June 15
26-Katie Jekot, Sky Blue, L, vs. Black, July 18.
26-Amanda Fioravanti, White, W, vs. Black, June 29
26-Chelsea Woods, Electric Green, W, vs. Black 57, June 22
25-Caitlyn Cunningham, Black, W, vs. Sky Blue, July 18
25-Chelsea Woods, Electric Green, L, vs. Royal Blue, June 15
24-Beverly Kum, Black, W, vs. Orange, July 13
23-Lydia Konstanzer, Sun, W, vs. Purple, June 27
23-Chelsea Woods, Electric Green, L, vs. Sun, June 20
23-Kendall Grasella, Sky Blue, L, vs. Royal Blue, June 20
22-Kristen Daley, Sun, W, vs. Red, July 18
22-Amanda Fioravanti, White, W, vs. Sun, July 13
22-Irisa Ye, Maroon, W, vs. Pink, July 13
22-Sierra Taylor, Royal Blue, L, vs. Black, July 6
21-Ashley Smink, Purple, L, vs. White, July 6
21-Caitlyn Cunningham, Black, W, vs. Pink, June 20
21-Jada Smith, Orange, W, vs. Purple, June 20
21-Amanda Fioravanti, White, L, vs. Maroon, June 15
20-Mia Hopkins, Forest Green, W, vs. Pink, July 18
20-Meghan Pickell, Orange, L, vs. Maroon, July 18
20-Kendall Grasella, Sky Blue L, vs. Maroon, July 11
20-Vicky Tumasz, Red, W, vs. Sky Blue, June 29
20-Katie O’Hare, Orange, W, vs. Royal Blue, June 29
20-Mia Hopkins, Forest Green, W, vs. Orange, June 27
20-Alynna Williams, Black, L, vs. Royal Blue, June 22
20-Mia Hopkins, Forest Green, W, vs. White, June 20
20-Beverly Kum, Black, W, vs. Pink, June 20
20-Amanda Fioravanti, White, L, vs. Forest Green, June 20 

SEASON RESULTS/SCHEDULES

THURSDAY, JUNE 15
Regular Season

Early Games Results

Orange-HF vs. Red-CH – W-Orange-HF 60-56 
Forest Green-WC vs. Sky Blue – W-Forest Green-WC 74-59
Sun-UC vs. Black-PHU – W-Black-PHU 70-42

Late Games Results

Royal Blue-KU vs. Electric Green – W-Royal Blue-KU 56-47
Pink-PSUAB vs. Purple-DV – W-Pink-PSUAB 55-52
Maroon-US vs. White – W-White 56-50

TUESDAY, JUNE 20

Early Games Results

COURT 1: Sky Blue vs. Royal Blue-KU – W-Royal Blue-KU 76-65
COURT 2: Black-PHU vs. Pink-PSUAB – W-Black-PHU 89-43
COURT 3: Purple-DV vs. Orange-HF – W-Orange-HF 68-51

Late Games Results

COURT 1: White  vs. Forest Green-WC – W-Forest Green-WC 57-51
COURT 2: Electric Green vs. Sun-UC – W-Sun 73-46
COURT 3: Red-CH vs. Maroon-US – W-Maroon-US 42-33

THURSDAY, JUNE 22

Early Games Results

COURT 1: Maroon-US vs. Purple-DV – W-Maroon-US 80-36
COURT 2: Royal Blue-KU vs. White -W-Royal Blue 65-64
COURT 3: Black-PHU vs. Electric Green -W-Electric Green 59-57

Late Games Results

COURT 1: Sun-UC vs. Sky Blue – W-Sky Blue 51-46
COURT 2: Forest Green-WC vs. Red-CH - W-Forest Green 55-52
COURT 3: Orange-HF vs. Pink-PSUAB – W-Orange 60-44

TUESDAY, JUNE 27

Early Games Results

COURT 1: White vs. Sky Blue – W-SB 77-70
COURT 2: Orange-HF vs. Forest Green-WC – W-FG 61-48
COURT 3: Purple-DV vs. Sun-UC – W-Sun-UC 70-50

Late Games Results

COURT 1: Black-PHU vs. Maroon-US – W-M-US 74-50
COURT 2: Red-CH vs. Electric Green – W-EG 77-63
COURT 3: Royal Blue-KU vs. Pink-PSUAB – W-RB 83-47 

THURSDAY, JUNE 29

Early Games Results

COURT 1: Purple-DV vs. Electric Green – W-EG 74-55
COURT 2: Forest Green-WC vs. Maroon-US – W-M 73-69 (2OT)
COURT 3: Royal Blue-KU vs. Orange-HF – W-OR 83-63

Late Games Results

COURT 1: Sun-UC vs. Pink-PSUAB – W-Sun 76-46
COURT 2: White vs. Black-PHU – W-White 61-45
COURT 3: Sky Blue vs. Red-CH – W-Red 88-72 

TUESDAY, JULY 4

Holiday – No Games

THURSDAY, JULY 6

Early Games Result

COURT 1: Forest Green-WC vs. Sun-UC – W-Forest Green-WC 70-60
COURT 2: Purple-DV vs. Red-CH  - W-Purple 2-0^
COURT 3: Pink-USAB vs. White – W-White 68-47

Late Games Result

COURT 1: Maroon-US vs. Electric Green – W-Maroon-US 62-51
COURT 2: Royal Blue-KU  vs. Black-JU$ - W-Black-TJU$ 70-62 
COURT 3: Sky Blue vs. Orange-HF – W-Sky Blue 2-0@
COURT 3: Sky Blue vs. Purple-DV – W-Sky Blue 77-55*

^-Red lost on a forfeit 2-0 to Purple but Purple’s win will go into the Guru’s league standings after July 20
@-Orange lost on a forfeit 2-0 to Sky Blue but Sky Blue’s win will go into the Guru’s league standings after July 20
*The Sky Blue vs Purple game was originally scheduled July 20 but already played so they will be off and the Guru’s and Commissioner’s standings will then even out.
$-Philadelphia University or Team Black is now Thomas Jefferson University   

TUESDAY, JULY 11

Early Games

COURT 1: Purple-DV vs. Black-TJU – W-Black-TJU 63-35
COURT 2: White vs. Orange-HF – W-White 71-47 
COURT 3: Electric Green vs. Forest Green-WC – W-Electric Green 68-60

Late Games

COURT 1: Red-CH vs. Pink-PUSAB – W-Red 78-71
COURT 2: Sky Blue vs. Maroon-US – W-Maroon 65-46
COURT 3: Royal Blue-KU  vs. Sun-UC – W-Sun 2-0, forfeit

THURSDAY, JULY 13

Early Games

COURT 1: Royal Blue-KU vs. Red-CH – W-Royal Blue 2-0, forfeit
COURT 2: Pink-USAB vs. Maroon-US – W-Maroon-US 83-35
COURT 3: Sky Blue vs. Electric Green – W-Electric Green 81-66 

Late Games

COURT 1: Orange-HF vs. Black-TJU – W-Black-TJU 79-55
COURT 2: White vs. Sun-UC – W-White 70-56
COURT 3: Purple-DV vs. Forest Green-WC – W-Forest Green-WC 77-66

TUESDAY, JULY 18

Early Games

COURT 1: Forest Green-WC vs. Pink-PSUAB – W – Forest Green-WC 75-42
COURT 2: Sun-UC vs. Red-CH – W – Sun 73-41
COURT 3: Sky Blue vs. Black-TJU – W – Black-TJU 68-62

Late Games

COURT 1: Maroon-US vs. Orange-HF – W – Maroon 91-55
COURT 2: Royal Blue-KU vs. Purple-DV – W – Royal Blue-KU 69-33
COURT 3: White vs. Electric Green – W – White 58-52

THURSDAY, JULY 20

7 p.m.

COURT 1: Electric Green (5-4) vs. Pink-USAB (1-8)
COURT 2: Royal Blue-KU (6-3) vs. Maroon-US (8-1)
COURT 3: Red-CH (2-7) vs. White (6-3)

8:15 p.m.

COURT 1: Sun-UC (5-4) vs. Orange-HF (4-5)
COURT 2: Sky Blue vs. Purple-DV – played July 6 won by Sky Blue 77-55
The Sky Blue forfeit win over Orange and Purple forfeit win over Red on July 6 will go into the Guru’s standings as wins after these games  
COURT 3: Forest Green-WC (7-2) vs. Black-TJU (6-3)

TUESDAY, JULY 25 (Regular Season Ends)

7 p.m.

COURT 1: Black-TJU vs. Red-CH
COURT 2: Sky Blue vs. Pink-USAB 
COURT 3: Sun-UC vs. Maroon-US

8:15 p.m.

COURT 1: White vs. Purple-DV
COURT 2: Electric Green vs. Orange-HF
COURT 3: Royal Blue-KU vs. Forest Green-WC

PLAYOFFS

THURSDAY, JULY 27

QUARTERFINALS

7 p.m.

COURT 1: Seed-1 vs. Seed-2
COURT 2: Seed-6 vs. Seed-3

8:15 p.m.

COURT 1: Seed-2 vs. Seed-7
COURT 2: Seed-5 vs. Seed-4

TUESDAY, AUGUST 1

SEMIFINALS

7 p.m.

COURT 1: Highest Surviving Seed vs. Lowest Surviving Seed

8:16 p.m.

COURT 1: Second Highest Surviving Seed vs. Second Lowest Surviving Seed

THURSDAY, AUGUST 3

CHAMPIONSHIP

7 p.m.

COURT 1: Tuesday’s Surviving Winners

SCHEDULES BY TEAM (Thru July 19)

BLACK (Thomas Jefferson University – formerly Philadelphia U.) (6-3)

June 15: vs. Sun (Ursinus) W: 70-42
June 20: vs. Pink (PSU-Abington) W: 89-42 
June 22: vs. Electric Green L: 57-59
June 27: vs. Maroon (USciences) L: 50-74
June 29: vs. White L: 45-61
July 4:  No Game (Holiday)
July 6: vs. Royal Blue (Kutztown) W: 70-62
July 11: vs. Purple (Delaware Valley) W: 63-35
July 13: vs. Orange (Holy Family) W: 79-55
July 18: vs. Sky Blue W: 68-62
July 20 (Thur), 8:15 p.m.: vs. Forest Green (West Chester), Court 3
July 25 (Tues), 7 p.m.: vs. Red (Chestnut Hill, Court 1

ELECTRIC GREEN (5-4)

June 15: vs. Royal Blue (Kutztown) L: 47-56
June 20: vs. Sun (Ursinus) L: 46-73
June 22: vs. Black (Thomas Jefferson U.) W: 59-57
June 27: vs. Red (Chestnut Hill) W: 77-63
June 29: vs. Purple (Delaware Valley) W: 74-55
July 4: No Game (Holiday)
July 6: vs. Maroon (USciences) L: 51-62
July 11: vs. Forest Green (West Chester) W: 68-60
July 13: vs. Sky Blue W: 81-66
July 18: vs. White L: 52-58
July 20 (Thur), 7 p.m.: vs. Pink (PSU-Abington), Court 1
July 25 (Tues), 8:15 p.m.: vs. Orange (Holy Family), Court 2

FOREST GREEN (West Chester) (7-2)

June 15: vs. Sky Blue W: 74-59
June 20: vs. White W: 57-51
June 22: vs. Red (Chestnut Hill) W: 55-52
June 27: vs. Orange (Holy Family) W: 61-48
June 29: vs. Maroon (USciences) L: 69-73 (2OT)
July 4 : No Games (Holiday)
July 6: vs. Sun (Ursinus) W: 70-60
July 11: vs. Electric Green L: 60-68
July 13: vs. Purple (Delaware Valley) W: 77-66
July 18 (Tues) vs.: vs. Pink (PSU-Abington) W: 75-42
July 20 (Thur), 8:15 p.m.: vs. Black (Thomas Jefferson U.), Court 3
July 25 (Tues), 8:15 p.m.: vs. Royal Blue (Kutztown), Court 3

MAROON (USciences) (8-1)

June 15: vs. White L: 50-56
June 20: vs. Red (Chestnut Hill) W: 42-33
June 22: vs. Purple (Delaware Valley) W: 80-36
June 27: vs. Black (Thomas Jefferson U.) W: 74-50
June 29: vs. Forest Green (West Chester) W: 73-69 (2OT)
July 4: No Games (Holiday)
July 6: vs. Electric Green W: 62-51
July 11: vs. Sky Blue W: 65-46
July 13: vs. Pink (PSU-Abington) W: 83-35
July 18: vs. Orange (Holy Family) W: 91-55
July 20 (Thur), 7 p.m.: vs. Royal Blue (Kutztown), Court 2
July 25 (Tues), 7 p.m.: vs. Sun (Ursinus), Court 3

ORANGE (Holy Family) (4-5)

June 15: vs. Red (Chestnut Hill) W: 60-56
June 20: vs. Purple (Delaware Valley) W: 68-51
June 22: vs. Pink (PSU-Abington) W: 60-44
June 27: vs. Forest Green (West Chester) L: 48-61
June 29: vs. Royal Blue (Kutztown) W: 83-63
July 4:  No Games (Holiday)
July 6: vs. Sky Blue L: 0-2 forfeit
July 11: vs. White L: 47-71
July 13: vs. Black (Thomas Jefferson U.) L: 55-79
July 18: vs. Maroon (USciences) L: 55-91
July 20 (Thur), 8:15 p.m.: vs. Sun (Ursinus), Court 1
July 25 (Tues), 8:15 p.m. : vs. Electric Green, Court 2

PINK (PSU-Abington) (1-8)

June 15: vs. Purple (Delaware Valley) W: 55-52
June 20: vs. Black (Thomas Jefferson U.) L: 42-89
June 22: vs. Orange (Holy Family) L: 44-60
June 27: vs. Royal Blue (Kutztown) L: 47-83
June 29: vs. Sun (Ursinus) L: 46-76
July 4: No Games (Holiday)
July 6: vs. White L: 47-68
July 11: vs. Red (Chestnut Hill) L: 71-78
July 13: vs. Maroon (USciences) L: 35-83
July 18: vs. Forest Green (West Chester) L: 42-75
July 20 (Thur), 7 p.m.: vs. Electric Green, Court 1
July 25 (Tues), 7 p.m.: vs. Sky Blue, Court 2

PURPLE (Delaware Valley) (0-9) - #

June 15: vs. Pink (PSU-Abington ) L: 52-55
June 20: vs. Orange (Holy Family) L: 51-68
June 22: vs. Maroon (USciences) L: 36-80
June 27: vs. Sun (Ursinus) L: 50-70
June 29: vs. Electric Green L: 55-74
July 4: No Games (Holiday)
July 6: vs. Sky Blue L: 58-77 (originally scheduled July 20)
July 11: vs. Black (Thomas Jefferson U.) L: 35-63
July 13: vs. Forest Green (West Chester) L: 66-77
July 18: vs. Royal Blue (Kutztown) L: 33-69
#-July 20: vs. Red (Chestnut Hill) W: 2-0 forfeit and will go into Guru record after here
July 25 (Tues), 8:15 p.m.: vs. White, Court 1

RED (Chestnut Hill) (2-7)

June 15: vs. Orange (Holy Family) L: 56-60
June 20: vs. Maroon (USciences) L: 33-42
June 22: vs. Forest Green (West Chester) L: 52-55
June 27: vs. Electric Green L: 63-77
June 29: vs. Sky Blue W: 88-72
July 4: No Games (Holiday)
July 6: vs. Purple (Delaware Valley) L: 0-2 forfeit
July 11: vs. Pink (PSU-Abington) W: 78-71 
July 13: vs. Royal Blue (Kutztown) L: 0-2
July 18: vs. Sun (Ursinus) L: 41-73
July 20 (Thur), 7 p.m.: vs. White, Court 3
July 25 (Tues), 7 p.m.: vs. Black (Thomas Jefferson U.), Court 1

ROYAL BLUE (Kutztown) (6-3)

June 15: vs. Electric Green W: 56-47
June 20: vs. Sky Blue W: 76-65
June 22: vs. White W: 65-64
June 27: vs. Pink (PSU-Abington) W: 83-47
June 29: vs. Orange (Holy Family) L: 63-83 
July 4: No Games (Holiday)
July 6: vs. Black (Thomas Jefferson U.) L: 60-70
July 11: vs. Sun (Ursinus) L: 0-2 forfeit
July 13: vs. Red (Chestnut Hill) W: 2-0 forfeit
July 18: vs. Purple (Delaware Valley) W: 69-33
July 20 (Thur), 7 p.m.: vs. Maroon (USciences), Court 2
July 25 (Tues), 8:15 p.m.: vs. Forest Green (West Chester), Court 3

SKY BLUE (3-6)-#

June 15: vs. Forest Green (West Chester) L: 59-74
June 20: vs. Royal Blue (Kutztown) L: 65-76
June 22: vs. Sun (Ursinus) W: 51-46
June 27: vs. White W: 77-70
June 29: vs. Red (Chestnut Hill): L: 72-88
July 4: No Games (Holiday)
July 6: vs. Purple (Delaware Valley) W: 77-58 (originally scheduled July 20)
July 11: vs. Maroon (USciences) L: 46-65
July 13: vs. Electric Green L: 66-81
July 18: vs. Black (Phila. U) L: 62-68
#-July 20 (Thur) vs. Orange (Holy Family) W: 2-0 forfeit and will go into Guru record after here
July 25 (Tues), 7 p.m.: vs. Pink (PSU-Abington, Court 2

SUN (Ursinus) (5-4)

June 15: vs. Black (Thomas Jefferson U.) L: 42-70
June 20: vs. Electric Green W: 73-46
June 22: vs. Sky Blue L: 46-51
June 27: vs. Purple (Delaware Valley) W: 70-50
June 29: vs. Pink (PSU-Abington) W: 76-46
July 4: No Games (Holiday)
July 6: vs. Forest Green (West Chester) L: 60-70
July 11: vs. Royal Blue (Kutztown) W: 2-0 forfeit
July 13: vs. White L: 56-70
July 18: vs. Red (Chestnut Hill) W: 73-41
July 20 (Thur), 8:15 p.m .: vs. Orange (Holy Family), Court 1
July 25 (Tues), 7 p.m.: vs. Maroon (USciences), Court 3

WHITE (6-3)

June 15: vs. Maroon (USciences) W: 56-50
June 20: vs. Forest Green (West Chester) L: 51-57
June 22: vs. Royal Blue (Kutztown) L: 64-65
June 27: vs. Sky Blue L: 70-77
June 29: vs. Black (Thomas Jefferson U.) W: 61-45
July 4: No Games (Holiday)
July 6: vs. Pink (PSU-Abington) W: 68-47
July 11: vs. Orange (Holy Family) W: 71-47
July 13: vs. Sun (Ursinus) W: 70-56
July 18: vs. Electric Green W: 58-52
July 20 (Thur), 7 p.m.: vs. Red (Chestnut Hill), Court 3
July 25 (Tues), 8:15 p.m.: vs. Purple (Delaware Valley), Court 1

PLAYOFFS SEEDINGS LIST AND TIEBREAKERS

Somewhat More in Order In Terms of More Significant Number of Games Played
(W-Win, L-Loss in parenthesis)

#-After the forfeits of July 6 the Guru and commissioner W-L counts are diverging slightly until after July 20 when they will be in total agreement. The # labelled are not yet factored here until then.

Maroon (8-1): vs. Wh (L); vs. Red (W); vs. Pu (W); vs. Blk (W); vs. FG (W-2OT); vs. EG (W); vs. SB (W); Pk (W); vs. Or (W); vs. RB; vs. Sun

For Grn (7-2): vs. SB (W); vs. Wh (W); vs. Red (W); vs. Or (W); vs. M (L-2OT) ; vs. Sun (W); vs. EG (L); 
vs. Pu (W); vs. Pk (W); vs. Blk; vs. RB
 

White (6-3): vs. M (W); vs. FG (L); vs. RB (L); vs. SB (L); vs. Blk (W); vs. Pnk (W); vs. Or (W); vs. Sun; 
vs. EG (W); vs. Red; vs. Pu
Black (6-3): vs. Sun (W); vs. Pk (W); vs. EG (L); vs. M (L); vs. Wh (L); vs. RB (W); vs. Pu (W); vs. Or (W);
 vs. SB; vs. FG; vs. Red
Roy Blue (6-3); vs. EG (W); vs. SB (W); vs. Wh (W); vs. Pk (W) ; vs. Or (L); vs. Blk (L); vs. Sun (L-F); vs. Red (W-F); vs. Pu (W); M; vs. FG

Sun (5-4): vs. Blk (L); vs. EG (W); vs. SB (L); vs. Pu (W); vs. Pk (W); vs. FG (L); vs. RB (W-F); vs. Wh (L); 
vs. Red (W); vs. Or; vs. M
Elec Grn (5-4): vs. RB (L); vs. Sun (L); vs. Blk (W); vs. Red (W); vs. Pu (W); vs. M (L); vs. FG (W); vs. SB (W); vs. Wh (L); vs. Pk; vs. Or

Orange (4-5): vs. Red (W); vs. Pu (W); vs. Pk (W); vs. FG (L); vs. RB (W); vs. SB(F-L); vs. Wh (L); vs. Blk (L); vs. M (L); vs. Sun; vs. EG

#Sky Blue (3-6): vs. FG (L); vs. RB (L); vs. Sun (W); vs. Wh (W); vs. Red (L); vs. Or(#W-F); vs. M (L);
 vs. EG (L); vs. Blk (L); vs. Pu (W); vs. Pk

Red (2-7): vs. Or (L); vs. M (L); vs. FG (L); vs. EG (L); vs. SB (W); vs. Pur (L-F); vs. Pk (W); vs. RB (L-F); vs. Sun (L); vs. Wh; vs. Blk

Pink (1-8): vs. Pu (W); vs. Blk (L); vs. Or (L); vs. RB (L); vs. Sun (L); vs. Wh (L); vs. Red (L); vs. M (L); 
vs. FG (L); vs. EG; vs. SB

#Purple (0-9): vs. Pk (L); vs. Or (L); vs. M (L); vs. Sun (L); vs. EG (L); Red (#W-F); vs. Blk (L); vs. FG (L); vs. RB (L); vs. SB (L); vs. Wh


Rob Knox's WNBA Notebook: Kelsey Plum's Swagger Returns; All-Star Subs and 3-Point Shooters Named

By ROB KNOX
@knoxrob1
 
Kelsey Plum is beginning to play with her trademark swagger that she exhibited during her marvelous career at the University of Washington.
 
The San Antonio Silver Stars rookie guard and No. 1 overall pick from this year’s draft saw her career got off to rocky start because of a severely sprained ankle during practice before the season started.

 Instead of showcasing her talent, Plum was rehabbing, forcing her professional debut to occur a lot later than she expected. 
 
It took some time for Plum to make an impact and find her groove. The all-time leading women’s scorer in NCAA history has scored in double figures in three of the Stars last five games including a career high 12 points in a win at Indiana last Wednesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. 
 
“I feel better physically out there,” said Plum in the visiting locker room at Bankers Life Fieldhouse last week. “My ankle’s getting healthier. I feel a little better everyday. I am continuing to get stronger and more comfortable. My ankle swelling is continuing to go down. I am more confident in my body and the way it’s moving. I just think I am being more aggressive.” 
 
She knocked down her first three shots against the Fever in transition and helped the Silver Stars win their second game of the season. Also, Plum pulled down a career best six rebounds in 35 minutes in the win over Indiana. She scored 11 points in 13 minutes in a loss at Connecticut on Sunday. 
 
She has played non-stop hoops since the calendar flipped to 2017. Plum helped the Huskies advance to the Sweet 16 and went straight to training camp after the WNBA Draft. 
 
 The latest in a distinguished group of former Pac-12 collegiate stars who are in the WNBA, she is averaging 9.4 points per game in her last five outings, which seems to suggest that better days are ahead. 

For the season, Plum is averaging 5.3 points, 2.2 assists and 1.6 rebounds per game.   
 
“When you change levels, cities, coaches and teammates, it’s a shift,” Plum said. “Then you get injured and try to come back. I am just trying to feel comfortable out there. I have to stay aggressive because that’s what I am known for and that’s what I bring to the table so I can’t go into a basketball game and not being aggressive. Now that I am feeling more comfortable, obviously I’ll play better.”
 
Even though San Antonio is 2-16 overall, the team is beginning to show some flashes of brilliance. The Silver Stars, under first year coach Vicki Johnson, have a nice nucleus that includes Moriah Jefferson, Kayla McBride, and Isabelle Harrison, who had a monster performance of 22 points and nine rebounds in Tuesday’s 88-75 loss at Atlanta.
 
All-Star Reserves Selected

Reigning regular-season MVP Nneka Ogwumike of the Los Angeles Sparks, reigning Rookie of the Year Breanna Stewart of the Seattle Storm and WNBA scoring leader Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury were selected by the league’s head coaches as reserves for Verizon WNBA All-Star 2017, the WNBA announced during Tuesday night’s Seattle-Chicago game on ESPN2.
 
Stewart is one of six reserves named as an All-Star for the first time.  With three starters also earning their first selection, a total of nine players – seven from the Eastern Conference and two from the Western Conference – have been picked to make their All-Star debut at Verizon WNBA All-Star 2017 on Saturday at KeyArena in Seattle (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC). 
 
Ogwumike and Griner, both four-time All-Star selections, were voted to the West frontcourt with Stewart.  The West reserves also feature guards Seimone Augustus of the Minnesota Lynx, Skylar Diggins-Smith of the Dallas Wings and Chelsea Gray of the Sparks.  Augustus and Diggins-Smith are All-Star veterans with seven and three selections, respectively, while Gray is a first-time pick.
 
The East reserves are highlighted by Indiana Fever forward Candice Dupree, the all-time Temple great, who joins former Rutgers standout Cappie Pondexter and Tina Thompson as the only players in league history to be selected as an All-Star with three different teams.  

Dupree represented the East in 2006 as a rookie and playing against her former Temple coach Dawn Staley, 2007 and 2009 as a member of the Chicago Sky and was on the West in 2014 and 2015 with the Mercury. 
 
Two-time All-Star Stefanie Dolson of Chicago joins Dupree as a reserve in the East frontcourt.  The conference’s four other reserves are all first-time All-Stars: Alyssa Thomas of the Connecticut Sun and Elizabeth Williams of the Atlanta Dream in the frontcourt, along with guards Layshia Clarendon of the Dream and Allie Quigley of the Sky.  The East also has three first-time All-Stars in the starting lineup with Atlanta’s Tiffany Hayes and Connecticut’s Jonquel Jones and Jasmine Thomas. 
 
Verizon WNBA All-Star 2017 will feature nine former No. 1 overall picks.  Eight of those players will suit up for the West: Bird (the top pick in 2002), Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi (2004), Augustus (2006), Los Angeles’ Candace Parker (2008), Minnesota’s Maya Moore (2011), Ogwumike (2012), Griner (2013) and Stewart (2016).  Tina Charles (2010) of the New York Liberty will represent the East.

The UConn powerhouse has seven alums on the rosters: Bird, Taurasi, Stewart, Dolson, Hayes, Charles, Moore, while three Connecticut Sun players join them in Jasmine Thomas, Jonquel Jones, and Alyssa Thomas.  
 
Griner, along with East starter Elena Delle Donne of the Washington Mystics, will miss Verizon WNBA All-Star 2017 due to injury.  On July 14, Griner suffered knee and ankle injuries and Delle Donne sustained a sprained ankle.  WNBA President Lisa Borders will select the replacements for Griner and Delle Donne with the announcement coming Wednesday.
 
In selecting the reserves, the 12 WNBA head coaches voted for six players in their own conference: two guards, three frontcourt players and a player at either position.  Coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team. 
 
There weren’t any All-Star snubs that I could find, which is remarkable considering the growing talent league-wide.
 
Three-Point Shootout Participants Revealed

Bird and Moore lead the list of participants who will showcase their range in the 2017 WNBA Three-Point Contest on Saturday.  The contest marks the league’s first long-distance competition at WNBA All-Star in eight years. This is awesome and long overdue. This should be a fun event.
 
The field also features Jasmine Thomas, Quigley and Sugar Rodgers of the New York Liberty.  
 
The WNBA Three-Point Contest will be televised live during halftime of the game. In the past it was held along with other skills competition on the day before as part of the practice sessions.

  Each participant ranks in the league’s top eight in three-pointers made and three-pointers made per game this season through July 17. 
 
The WNBA, in partnership with the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA), will add a new element to reflect the players’ contributions off the court as leaders on social issues and their active engagement with philanthropic efforts.  For the first time, $10,000 will be donated to a charity of the winner’s choice in support of her work in the community.
 
The charities that participants will represent and compete for are The Moyer Foundation (Bird); Win With Justice, a program of the Social Impact Fund (Moore); The Patrick Quigley Memorial Scholarship (Quigley); Hopey’s Heart Foundation (Rodgers); and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (Thomas).
 
My pick to win will be Rodgers.
 
Griner Dunks

We’re getting to the point where when Britney Griner dunks it’s not major news. She dunked last week in a win against Atlanta.  
 
The slam was Griner's second of the season (other was at Seattle on June 23, 2017), 10th regular-season dunk of her career and 13th dunk while in the WNBA (dunked in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals at Los Angeles on August 24, 2014, at the WNBA All-Star Game on July 19, 2014 in Phoenix and at the WNBA All-Star Game on July 25, 2015 in Connecticut). 

Griner now owns 10 of the 16 regular-season dunks in WNBA history, while no other WNBA player has recorded more than two dunks. 
 
Bria Leads The Way

Bria Hartley led the Liberty in scoring for the first time this season, posting 15 points in a balanced offensive effort that came in an 85-55 victory over the Washington Mystics. She shot 6-of-10 from the field, while also leading New York with 23 minutes played, and drilled a season-best three 3-pointers. 

It was her eighth start of the year, and 1st since June 23 at Connecticut. She is averaging 5.4 ppg this season with five games scoring in double figures.

Monday, July 17, 2017

WNBA Feature: Former Duke Star Krystal Thomas Proving as Role Player Washington Sought

By Rob Knox @knoxrob1

INDIANAPOLIS – Krystal Thomas is happy, healthy, and home.

Thomas was sitting comfortably in a beige folding chair like it was an old recliner in front of her brown locker with her arm crossed, legs stretched out, and clear bags of melting ice wrapped around both knees and ankles after scoring a season-best 14 points to lead the Washington Mystics to a 72-58 victory over the Indiana Fever at Bankers Life Fieldhouse last Friday.

She was also temporarily speechless when asked about being a member of the Mystics. Thomas, who is enjoying her time in the nation’s capital, took three seconds to supply an answer.

“I am not really sure what the best word is other than great,” Thomas said. “I feel like there needs to be a more stronger and powerful word than (great) because it’s been an awesome refreshing breath of air to be part of this team and organization with this group of players, teammates and coaches. I am happier playing here this year.”

The Mystics are Thomas’ fourth team since she was drafted by the Seattle Storm in 2011 after a successful career at Duke. In addition to playing in Seattle, Thomas has also played for Phoenix and Indiana. In two games against the Fever this season, Thomas has been spectacular averaging 14 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

While the offseason additions of Elena Delle Donne and Kristi Toliver made headlines, Thomas’ signing was just as important.

“We knew we had to do some things in the offseason to facilitate getting Elena and Kristi,” Washington head coach Mike Thibault said. “With the long term contracts of Emma (Meesseman) and Tayler (Hill) kicking in this year, we knew as part of the trades, number one we had to give up Steph Dolson to get Elena. In order to have salary cap room to do Kristi, we had to have a different salary cap so Kia Vaughn became the victim of that.”

Thomas, who turned 28 last month, has been a blessing for the Mystics, who fell to 11-9 overall after losing to the New York Liberty, 85-55, Sunday afternoon. She had 10 rebounds in that contest, the sixth time she’s finished with double-digit rebounds.

The affable 6 foot, 5 inch Thomas has been a beast this season for the Mystics supplying a nightly dose of buckets, blocks and boards. Thomas blocked four shots against the Fever. She’s also a dependable offensive option in the post.

“We needed a post player who could play alongside Elena and Emma and who could do some of the dirty work to get people open,” Thibault said. “She’s a great screener, a great rebounder on both ends of the floor, a shot blocker and understands her role. She knows we’re not going to run a million plays for her. She’s going to get her points by running the floor, getting on the boards and setting good screens. We thought of all the people out there that we could go get, she understood her role as well as anybody.”

Against the Fever, Thomas opened the scoring with a basket on a play designed for her. Late in the game with the Fever making things interesting, Thomas scored on a cutting layup off of an Toliver assist, which helped ease the Mystics stress level and raised their bulge to 72-54 with three minutes remaining.

In addition to averaging 6.5 points per game, Thomas is shooting an efficient 56 percent from the field this season.

“My career has been up and down,” Thomas said. “I’ve primarily been a role player throughout my years in the league. It’s been a great opportunity for me here in D.C. to break out and have a break out year. Coach T has a lot of trust in me. He brought me here for reason. I just try and do my job each and every day.

“That has led me to be able to do the things that I’ve been able to do. I also have great teammates that support me. They have helped me develop and grow my game by encouraging and keeping me uplifted. That’s been a big part of it as well knowing that my teammates have my back to go out and play confidently, freely and help us get wins.”

She has fit perfectly on and off the court for the Mystics. Following their last home game against the Liberty on June 28, Thomas’, whose locker sits between Natasha Cloud and Tianna Hawkins, was chiming in and making jokes while each player was being interviewed.

Thomas has come a long way from the gangly, uncoordinated player who used to be injured a lot when she started playing basketball. That is until her growth spurt between seventh and eighth grade.

“Once I stopped being gangly and my body understood how tall I was, I was able to play and use my length and height and play,” Thomas said. “I’ve always been able to defend and rebound, I have done more scoring here. That’s just been through the day-in and day-out work that the coaches has helped me with.”

With Hill out for the year because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament and Delle Donne’s status from a sprained ankle is day-to-day, Thomas doesn’t believe the Mystics will put any additional pressure on themselves to perform. They are confident they still have enough pieces to do something special this season.

Washington hosts Atlanta (8-10 overall) Wednesday morning at the Verizon Center at 11:30 a.m. The Mystics have 14 games remaining to make a run as they currently sit in fifth place in the standings.

“That’s why we have a team of 12 (players),” Thomas said. “That’s why we work every day, all 12 getting ready for games because you never know what happens. It’s a long season. Injuries happen every season, losses happen every season. So you have to be able to continue to grind, continue to bounce back and take it one game at a time because each game bring different challenges as we play.

“It won’t be on one person to pick up the slack, it’ll be on all of us. It’s everybody being one possession better. We all have strengths that contribute to the team success and it’s a matter of us playing in our roles the best way possible and competing as a group.”


WNBA: New York Picks Off Injured Washington

By Mel Greenberg @womhoopsguru

NEW YORK – After the WNBA New York Liberty fell to the Chicago Sky at Madison Square Garden Friday, looking ahead to Sunday’s game against Washington here less than 48 hours later coach Bill Laimbeer was a bit pessimistic saying he couldn’t turn anything magically to tip the switch.


Well, it didn’t take a couple years studying Edison’s light bulb technique to extract a better result against the folks from the nation’s capital then had been achieved against the Sky.


That was courtesy of the news from Indy Friday night that prolific scorer Elena Delle Donne had left the game with an ankle sprain and former Ohio State star Tayler Hill had departed similarly with what was announced pre-game Sunday as a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament that will sideline her the rest of the season.

With scant amount of time for Washington coach Mike Thibault to retool, Laimbeer made one move on his side, transforming former Georgetown star Sugar Rodgers from starter to instant offense off the bench and the Liberty (9-9) easily got back to .500 with a lopsided 85-55 victory that also evened the season series at one apiece.


Ironically, as New York fell to Chicago Friday with the Sky capitalizing on the play of Stefani Dolson and Kahleah Copper, two players they got out of the trade that allowed Delle Donne to head for the nation’s capital a short distance from here home in Wilmington, Del., the Liberty used two players they picked up from the Mystics (11-9) to help handle Washington.

UConn alum Bria Hartley was back as a starter for the first time since June 23 and connected on a season high with three 3-pointers, and former Rutgers standout Kia Vaughn was cited by Laimbeer for her play in the opening period 30-14 blitz when she scored six of her 11 points and four of her seven rebounds.

Hartley finished with a team-high 15 points while Rodgers as a sub scored 14 points aided by connecting on three of her six-ball attempts. Shavonte Zellous also scored in double figures with 11 points and Kiah Stokes, the second-year pro out of UConn, grabbed 10 rebounds as part of New York’s dominating 46-30 on the boards.

The romp also enabled quality minutes to be enjoyed by reserves Lindsay Allen, the rookie out of Notre Dame, while Rebecca Allen and Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe each scored eight points.

Devoid of two of their big weapons, Washington was limited to 27.7 percent off the floor and Emma Meesseman was the only Mystics player in double figures with 19 points while Krystal Thomas grabbed 10 rebounds.

The 30 points in the opening period were a high for New York on the season as was the same 30-points margin of victory.

Laimbeer said afterwards the moves, which included former Rutgers star Epiphanny Prince, had been contemplated to jack up what had become a stagnant offense so the fact that superstar Tina Charles’ stats Sunday afternoon showed just six points to go with seven rebounds was inconsequential.

“I think it’s just more important for them individually knowing there are some nights that I might not be there on the stats sheet offensively and they can do what they have to do,” Charles said. “Everyone in this locker room got into the WNBA for a reason and they have to just keep that in their mind.

“They are here for a reason, they made the team for a reason, they went through training camp and we all trust them,  the coaching staff and myself.”

As for Laimbeer’s lineup adjustments, “We’ve been kicking it around for two games,” the former NBA Detroit Pistons Bad Boy member said. “We gave it our best shot having Piph and Sugar on the court at the same time. It just didn’t give us the pace of play that we were looking for-getting up and down a little bit more.

“We don’t get easy baskets when Piph is at the one because she is not a push guard. We are always against a set defense and we feel that we need to get more easy baskets when we are struggling offensively,” he added.

“Quite frankly, Lindsay and Bria will get us into our sets quicker and easier. I also think it was also a relief for Piph also that the responsibility of the one was off of her. Positive reinforcements are a great thing, it worked! So that was behind it.”

Laimbeer had detected enough of a pre-game atmosphere to expect his team would be like more like the Liberty of a year ago without regard to Washington’s absences.

“I knew we would come out and play well. Yes, they were shorthanded but I don’t think it would have made a difference. I think we came out with a determination like, `Okay, here is what we got and this is how we’re going to play and do it.’”


 It’s not football, but one could say on the change of punts, things aren’t as bad as in the past when Hill missed time with her first pregnancy because Delle Donne is the X factor even though she won’t play again until after the All-Star break and miss the Mystics’ final game before the break at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday when the Atlanta Dream visit.

The summer classic will be Saturday at 3:30 p.m. from Seattle, home of the Storm.

“The Liberty came out guns blazing and we’ve had a lot happen to our team in the last 24 hours; but that’s not excuse for not handling things better,” Thibault said. “They made shots early.

“I thought Bria Hartley and Sugar Rodgers  did a great job of guarding them and scoring. They did a pretty good defensive job on us, but we missed some wide open shots in the first quarter and it turned into fast break stuff for them. I credit for New York playing well and we didn’t.

“We have to figure out a way to win on Wednesday against Atlanta. We don’t know how long Elena is going to be out, we know that we’re not going to have Tayler. Other people are going to have to step up. We’ve been playing a certain kind of lineup for five games now, and now we have to adjust, so we’ll see. I thought we had a couple of people play well, but not well enough.”

The Liberty, meanwhile, will learn how well they may have righted their ship from a team that has righted theirs big-time in the Connecticut Sun that comes visiting Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. for the wrap up for both teams prior to the weekend.

“Then we go to Minnesota to start a five-game road trip,” Laimbeer said of what is now on the radar. “So this was an important win for us and I know Washington was shorthanded but that doesn’t make a difference – a win is a win.

“Connecticut has beaten us twice so we need to come out and make a statement that we’re here. We’re not going away. As much as everyone might want us to go away, we’re not going away and hopefully, we’ll play as well as we played today.”