Saturday, December 27, 2014

Marginean Approaches Drexel History

By Mel Greenberg

Marginean Approaches Drexel History

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 confrontation in West Philadelphia.

The native of Romania needs just 20 points to become the new career leader. She is also approaching the all-time women's record in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Drexel already put up another number on the Dragons' women's athletics history charts Saturday afternoon with an NCAA Division I Field Hockey tournament 3-1 upset of No. 5 Connecticut in College Park, Md.

It was the No. 10 Dragons' first-ever appearance in the tourney. On Sunday, they face overall No. 1 seed Maryland, the defending national champion.

An enhanced account of the win over the Huskies is hopefully posted somewhere else in the sports area on Philly.com.

Incidentally, left out of Friday night's coverage was the fact the home loss to Penn State Friday night drew over 1,500 persons, which might be an all-time women's basketball record in the small facility.

The Nittany Lions have always been a major drew in the City of Brotherly Love dating back to their days in the Atlantic 10 wars. The highlight appearance was in 2000 when Penn State advanced to its only NCAA Women's Final Four appearance, which was held at the Wachovia Center.

In other Sunday games involving area Division I games of interest, La Salle will be at Long Island trying to bounce back from Friday's home loss opener to Loyola of Maryland. St. Joseph's travels to Providence after losing at New Hampshire, while Penn State will be after two straight victories when the Nittany Lions host New Jersey Instituteof Technology in their home opener.

The big game is up the road in Piscataway, N.J., where No. 25 Rutgers opens at home against No. 2 Stanford, which demolished Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va., Saturday night.

Scarlet Knights coach C. Vivian Stringer will be honored before the game for her induction to the Naismith Basketball  Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., in September.

The Guru hears there is already a strong push for Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer to advance to the main election committee to be part of next year's class.

To Twitter Or Not Twitter

Although the Guru has stated his reluctance here to join the Twitter generation, he his having some second thoughts about his stance, thinking the medium could serve useful purposes such as during Friday night's local openers when he was tracking the other games and realized he could be putting up quick updates.

Although the Guru has access to facebook, he does not believe those posts should be on personal page status updates because friends connections include people who do not follow the women's game and would find those results an intrusion.

If you want the Guru to twitter, you know the email address to campaign.

Meanwhile, Sunday night is the first regular AP Poll vote of the season with the results to be released Monday afternoon.

For those along the SID network, the historical files update may be delayed should the Guru get a sign-off to travel to attend a certain game in central Pennsylvania near Altoona Tuesday night involving a red-shirt freshman's collegiate debut.

An advance will be in Tuesday's print section and possibly copied into this blog to reduce your searching. Some new perspectives from the subject matter will be covered.

--Mel

Mel Greenberg Inquirer Sports Columnist
About this blog
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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