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Archive: November, 2009

Delaware Coach Undergoes An Array of Emotions Over Delle Donne Injury

Monday, November 30, 2009, 3:04 AM
By Mel Greenberg To understand what Delaware women's basketball coach Tina Martin has gone through in her own mind in thetwo-plus days following the right ankle sprain injury to redshirt freshman sensation Elena Delle Donne Friday night in Colorado in the closing minutes of a win over Houston one... Read more

Temple-Hartford Coaches Create A UConn Reunion

Saturday, November 28, 2009, 5:27 AM
By Mel Greenberg When Temple meets Hartford at the Hawks' Chase Arena Saturday afternoon, the matchup will bring together a Connecticut reunion of sorts in the Owls' second-year coach Tonya Cardoza and now-veteran Hartford coach Jennifer Rizzotti. Cardoza nearly had a head-on reunion with her former... Read more

Geno Hits 700

Friday, November 27, 2009, 10:25 PM
By Mel Greenberg Norristown-bred Geno Auriemma, the highly-successful University of Connecticut women's basketball coach whose Huskies have was won six NCAA titles reached 700 career wins Friday night at home at the expense of Hofstra. Here's the breaking Associated Press story: By PAT EATON-ROBB Associated... Read more

Delle Donne Lights Up Princeton in Delaware Loss

Sunday, November 22, 2009, 5:25 AM
By Mel Greenberg Red-shirt freshman Elena made a quick impact into the Delaware record books in Game No. 2 but also experienced her first collegiate loss Saturday afternoon as the Blue Hens fell to host Princeton, 68-59. The former star of Ursuline Academy at nearby Wilmington, Del., set a newcomer... Read more

Breaking WNBA News: Maloofs Giving Up Sacramento Monarchs

Friday, November 20, 2009, 2:50 PM
By Mel Greenberg Unless its already out there, the Guru has learned a little while ago the Maloof family will be giving up the Sacramento Monarchs, making it the third ownership change since the end of the season following the change in Atlanta and the move of the Detroit Shock to Tulsa. The league... Read more

Rutgers Rallies Over Boston College

Friday, November 20, 2009, 2:55 AM
By Mel Greenberg PISCATAWAY, N.J. – In a game that could be considered Rutgers’ best gauge of things in the early stage of the season, the Scarlet Knights rallied from a 12-point deficit midway through the first half Thursday night to beat Boston College, 59-53, at the Louis A. Brown Athletic... Read more

Guru Report: Live From Loretto

Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 4:28 PM
By Mel Greenberg LORETTO, Pa. - Fasten your seatbelt and get ready for a Guru multi-media experience. Extended words here, picture to come shortly on facebook, and then from the newest involvement a test tweet. Incidentally, print coverage has been extended because the sports department's Mike... Read more

Delle Donne Interview -- The Extended Feature DVD--Style Version

Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 4:31 AM
(Guru's Note: First, you may want to read a post done a short while ago, depending when you're reading this, listed below with the Guru's announcement on joining the tweeter generation. Now, the reason the web was invented, below is the extended version of a print interview advancing Elena Delle Donne's... Read more

Bulletin: The Guru Joins Twitter

Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 4:05 AM
By Mel Greenberg ALTOONA, Pa. - OK, the Guru decided to do it after arriving here late Monday nite/Tuesday AM in the staging area to head to Loretto for Tuesday nights' Delaware-St. Francis (Pa.) game in which Delaware's Elena Delle-Donne will make her collegiate debut. The Guru is now on twitter... Read more

Marginean Approaches Drexel History

Sunday, November 15, 2009, 4:54 AM
By Mel Greenberg PHILADELPHIA -- Drexel senior Gabriela Marginean has an excellent chance to break Michelle Maslowski's all-time Dragons scoring record (1,900 set in 2003) Sunday afternoon when Penn arrives from a few blocks down the street from the Daskalalis Athletic Center for the annual neighborhood... Read more
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Mel Greenberg covers college and pro women’s basketball for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he has worked for 38 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. He was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.



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Jonathan Tannenwald is a producer with Philly.com. In addition to covering the local college scene, he spent two years as the Washington Mystics beat writer for Women's Hoops Guru. He also writes his own blog, Soft Pretzel Logic, which covers men's college basketball, football, and other sports.

Kathleen Radebaugh is a recent graduate of St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. She covered women's basketball for the school's newspaper, The Hawk, and served as sports editor her sophomore year. She was also a four-year member of the varsity crew team.

Erin Semagin Damio covers the University of Connecticut and the WNBA's Connecticut Sun for the blog, and contributes other features. The Storrs, Conn., native also attends Northeastern University, where she is a coxswain on the varsity crew team.

Acacia O'Connor is based in Washington, D.C., where she reports on the Mystics and the college basketball scene in the nation's capital. A graduate of Vassar college, she played on the varsity women's basketball team and was editor of the student newspaper.

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