Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Temple Tops GW In A Different Setting This Season

(Guru's note: This is the Guru raw cut from the version that topped the printed roundup for Sunday's section)

Temple Tops GW In A Different Setting This Season

(Guru's note: This is the Guru raw cut from the version that topped the printed roundup for Sunday's section)

By Mel Greenberg

PHILADELPHIA _ Temple and George Washington shared the same goals when they met many times in their final games of the regular season in the past decade.

The stakes often involved the No. 1 seed in the Atlantic 10 tournament and impressing the NCAA tournament committee in case either team would need an at-large bid to go to the Big Dance.

More coverage
VOTE: Should PSU bring back Paterno's statue?
Critics of sanctions: Restoring Paterno wins isn't enough
Latest AP Top 25 Men's Basketball poll
Latest college sports videos
Buy college apparel and college gear

That scenario was not the same Saturday  at the Liacouras Center where the Owls beat the Colonials 61-51 as Kristen McCarthy scored 22 points and Jasmine Stone scored 13. Natasha Thames grabbed 10 rebounds.
Megan Nipe scored 10 points for George Washington.

Temple (22-7, 11-3 A-10) is still high profile, finishing in a tie for second in the conference with Dayton but earning the No. 3 seed because of a loss to the Flyers. The Owls were picked fifth in the preseason and if one wants to compare the first two years of the current regime to the first two years of the previous highly successful era -- er -- we'll wait until NCAA night before ending the phrase.

George Washington (6-21, 3-11), having plunged to its worst record in history, backed into one of two remaining spots for the 12-team tournament that begins Friday at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md.

“GW is six-and-what?” Temple coach Tonya Cardoza said of the rivalry. “But every game I’ve seen, they fight to the end. Their record doesn’t indicate the type of team they have.”

The Owls jumped to an 11-0 lead but had to hold off a GW rally down the stretch.

Temple’s LaKeisha Eaddy got one steal but that tied her with Pam Balogh’s mark of 237 set in the late 1980s.

Dayton 62, La Salle 46 —Morgan Robertson and Antonia Gale each scored 11 points for the Explorers (7-22, 2-12 A-10) in a conference loss to the Flyers (23-6, 11-3), who clinched the No. 2 seed in the A-10 tourney..

La Salle awaits Sunday’s game between No. 5 Xavier, the top A-10 seed, and host Fordham to see if they will get the final conference tournament berth. St. Joseph;'s home game against Duquesne will impact the 4-6 seeds.

_ 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.

Other contributors

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.

Click on any of the contributors' names above to e-mail them.

Reach Mel at poll416@gmail.com.

Mel Greenberg Inquirer Sports Columnist
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
Stay Connected