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Archive: December, 2009

Delle Donne Delivers Delaware Again At The Finish

Thursday, December 31, 2009, 1:40 AM
(As mentioned on twitter (@womhoopsguru), the Guru was socializing Wednesday night being the host city person for a change in a game involving Duke. The Blue Devils are at Temple in McGonigle Hall -- that's right -- Thursday afternoon. Thus, the Guru did not make it to Newark, Del., for the Blue Hens'... Read more

Connecticut, Tennessee and Duke Are The Associated Press Poll Heavyweights of the Decade

Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 4:36 AM
(Guru's note: In a post below this one is expanded coverage of the tourneys at St. Joseph's and Villanova as well as game coverage from the Inquirer print section elsewhere on The next sunrise will also bring the local women's team of the decade.) By Mel Greenberg With Monday's release... Read more

Past Becomes The Present In Tourneys at St. Joseph's And Villanova

Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 3:54 AM
Guru's note: There is a print story from the Inquirer sports section in the main part of rounding up Monday's games By Mel Greenberg It will be like old times with a different twist Tuesday when Boston U. and host St. Joseph's meet for the title of the Hawk Classic at Hagan Arena while... Read more

UConn: 1 vs. 1 the rest of the way?

Saturday, December 26, 2009, 3:10 AM
By Mel Greenberg By the time the Guru has recovered energy from driving trauma to Hartford for Wednesday night's 1 vs. 2 showdown between Connecticut and Stanford, every postgame quote has probably appeared somewhere. But in the spirit of originality, this thought went through the Guru's mind when... Read more

Ten Best Local (City) D-I Women's Games in 2009

Saturday, December 26, 2009, 12:56 AM
By Mel Greenberg Taking a cue and operating under the rules of Jonathan (must be calendar year), here are the top 10 women's games produced by the city Division I teams in 2009 -- though replaceable ones loom this week right into Duke-Temple on New Year's Eve. Some dates aren't listed below because... Read more

Villanova Seeks Quick End To Big Five Race At La Salle

Tuesday, December 22, 2009, 7:16 AM
By Mel Greenberg Boy was it cold in the Big Five Sunday a day after the big snowfall. It was so cold inside Temple's Liacouras Center that Villanova and the Owls set a trifecta of records in the women's version of the local round-robin. Villanova's 44-32 win over Temple marked the lowest-ever winning... Read more

Guru Report: Catching Up While CAA Players Keep Making News

Friday, December 18, 2009, 5:41 AM
By Mel Greenberg So since the Guru last appeared her on the weekend, there has much gone on and not all involving basketball. New additions to the ipod(s) are alicia keys, the entire 2009 itunes top hits, phil vassar, mannheim steamroller (holiday collection), and britney spears. There might... Read more

Temple Avoids Power Shortage As Hot Start Continues

Sunday, December 13, 2009, 5:00 AM
By Mel Greenberg Temple was missing its offensive sparkplug Saturday when the Owls showed up at Kent State in Ohio for a nonleague game against the Golden Flashes. Shaqwedia Wallace, the team's leading scorer who is one of the early leading local candidates for most improved player, was sidelined... Read more

Rutgers and Tennessee Meet Again: This Time in New York

Saturday, December 12, 2009, 10:02 PM
(Guru's note: Here's the AP advanced by Doug Feinberg for the Maggie Dixon Classic. The Guru will either be in Delaware for La Salle or at St. Joe's-Drexel in Philly prior to the Sunday night desk shift. A later blog will recap Saturday's local action.) By DOUG FEINBERG ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK... Read more

Deleware Wins As Delle Donne Draws Landmark Crowd in Home Opener

Saturday, December 12, 2009, 4:15 AM
(Guru Note: Guru was in the home office Friday night. Information is off the Delaware email report) By Mel Greenberg Delaware red-shirt freshman sensation Elena Delle Donne has been drawing double teams and other attempted smother defenses on the court. On Friday night as the Blue Hens topped Navy... 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.

Click here for Mel's list of All-Decade players from Philadelphia-area schools.

Other contributors

Jonathan Tannenwald is a producer with 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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