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WNBA: UConn Karma Continues

By Mel Greenberg

WNBA: UConn Karma Continues

By Mel Greenberg

 It looks as if the WNBA couldn't overcome the media coverage of the dominant presence of University of Connecticut alumnae at last weekend's All-Star game at the Mohegan Sun the pro league might as well join the crowd.

And so it was that All-Stars Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), who was a candidate for weekend MVP honors, and Asjha Jones of the Connecticut Sun were made the East and West players of the week Monday as the WNBA stretch drive gets under way.

Bird and Jones were two of four starters on the 2002 unbeaten UConn squad that played Sunday along with Diana Taurasi and Swin Cash.

Weekend Leftovers

Here's some notes that were still hanging around and managed to escape the mental reach of the Guru in compiling the previous post.

As if there isn't enough UConn stories, the Guru ran into former Hartford Courant sportswriter Jeff Goldberg, who used to cover the Huskies women before moving on to baseball and the Boston Red Sox.

Goldberg is now living in Beantown where he is writing a book on the Big East title game of 2001 when Bird hit the mega-shot that gave UConn the conference title over Notre Dame. The Irish went on to get revenge in the NCAA semifinals and ultimately beat Purdue for the national title that season.

He promises to send along more info in the near future.

In other news, the streak of Philadelphia representation in the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame inductions continue, even if by a small bit this time.

Teresa Edwards, one of six picks for the new class, played for a very brief period in the City of Brotherly Love for the Philadelphia Rage then under coach Anne Donovan before the ABL collapsed under bankruptcy in the December, 1998.

Meanwhile, the Guru has heard from the Immaculata folks who informed the movie about the 1972 title -- Our Lady of Victory -- is very much alive and the goal for the flick to hit cinema houses is targeted between October and next March.

The Philadelphia Department of Recreation's NCAA Women's Summer League will begin playoffs Wednesday night.

The Guru was on the desk Monday and wasn't on hand for the regular finals to learn who qualified. Contact will be made with the commish on Tuesday so information can be passed along.

The format starts with eight teams Wednesday, quarterfinals on Monday and then a best-of-three finals beginning next Wednesday.

That's it for the monent.

  -- 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.

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