Friday, July 31, 2015

Guru Report: Catching Up While CAA Players Keep Making News

Guru Report: Catching Up While CAA Players Keep Making News

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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 be one or two others.

In rthe blue ray world, all six harry potter films are now in the house.

Meanwhile, back in the world of techno nightmares, all email accounts suddenly stopped forwarding to the blackberry in the last 24 hours although it seemed to be back in order a few hours ago. When the Guru opened his newest laptop at the Drexel-Princeton game, fortunately he was not on the print detail, it seemed like the video card had too much egg nog, so it's off the the sony store.

Fortunately, the semi-retired one is back on active duty and thus from a remote location, your blog.

The Guru did not file Sunday night off the Drexel-St. Joseph's because just about everything made print involving Drexel's Gabriela Marginean becoming the seventh city player in D-I history to reach 1,000 points.

What didn't get mentioned is Dragons coach Denise Dillon reached her 100th victory.

Since then Marginean was named the Philadelphia Sportswriters' Association's Amateur Athlete of the Year and details can be found on a link at the Drexel web site. Last year, former star Nicole Hester won the association's Most Courageous Athlete Award, it's top honor.

And so let's move forward.

  Also, what didn't make print was St. Joseph's coach Cindy Griffin's quote after her Hawks countinued a scoring funk from the Villanova loss to fall 29 points behind before a stirring rally left them two points short at the finish.

  "We're in a tough spot right now," Griffin said. "Our season can go either way and it's in our hands."

 Meanwhile, La Salle suffered a competitive loss at Delaware in which the Explorers managed to hamper rookie sensation Elena Delle Donne's shooting effort, though she still finished with 17 points.

  "We pretty much held her off the second half but still she made an amazing shot near the end when we were close that helped Delaware pull away.," La Salle coach Tom Lochner said.

                              Forgotten One and Delle Donne Share CAA Rookie Honors

               In a week in which Colonial Athletic Association runnerup James Madison returned to the AP weekly poll, there were two local connections involving the weekly rookie awards.

              Delle Donne's exploits have been well chornicled to date but a player who grew up near her Wilmington home and starred at Henderson High in West Chester, shared rookie honors.

              Because Delle Donne has been getting all the attention, Hofstra media contact Stephen A. Gorchov has been jokingly making references about the Pride's rookie Shante Evan, who's averarging 11.7 points and 7.2 rebounds.

              Here's his communique off her week.

Hempstead, NY - Hofstra University freshman forward Shante Evans was named the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Co-Rookie of the Week today, the conference office announced.  Evans shared the award with Elena Delle Donne of Delaware.
Evans continued her spectacular rookie campaign as the heralded freshman had a pair of double-doubles and established a new season-high in points in leading Hofstra to a perfect 3-0 week. 

Evans began the week with her second start of her young career against Providence and contributed seven points and two rebounds in Hofstra's 72-68 win.  On Thursday against the Purple Eagles, Evans would begin to stamp her name on the Pride's undefeated week as she posted a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the 70-48 victory.  Both totals were team-highs as Evans played 27 minutes in the game.  In Hofstra's final game of the week, Evans shined as she tallied game-highs of 22 points and 10 rebounds to help the Pride rally from an early 11-point deficit to defeat Manhattan, 73-65.  Evans did most of her damage at the free throw line as she was 10-12 from the charity stripe, while also adding two blocked shots and a steal in 25 minutes. 

The win over Providence was Hofstra's first-ever regular season home victory over a current member of the Big East Conference and the Pride's fourth-ever win against a member of the Big East in the program's history.

For the season, Evans is averaging 11.8 and 7.2 rebounds per outing.  She leads Hofstra in both categories.

Hofstra returns to action on Monday, December 21 when they host Stony Brook at 7 p.m.

                                   The End of the Decade

     Next week the Guru will name the best in City action -- Drexel could factor in the mix -- but nationally speaking, he had little argument with any off the Sports Illustrated top picks of the decade. He thought UConn's Diana Taurasi over Tennessee sensation Candace Parker, though not  by much, and Huskies Geno Auriemma as coach of the decade.

          But to include all the success, the following people are in the core group off the decade poll success charts involving the top teams since 2000 for all-decade second and third teams.

          Rutgers -- Cappie Pondexter and Essence Carson; Maryland -- Kristi Toliver and Crystal Langhorne; Baylor -- Sophia Young; Duke -- Alana Beard and Lindsey Harding; and perhaps some others to be looked at off Connecticut, Tennessee, and North Carolina.

                              Local Links to the WNBA Lynx

               Former La Salle coach John Miller was at Thursday night's game at Drexel involving Princeton, which won, because one of his former Mount St. Joseph's High School players is a member of the visiting Tigers.

                 Informed his former Explorers star Cheryl Reeve had become coach of the Minnesota Lynx in the WNBA, Miller had lots of nice things to say.

                And the Guru will have those quotes transcribed in the next report.

                    -- Mel

            

                          

 

 

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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.

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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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