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Painful Delle Donne Puts Hurt on George Mason

Tuesday, February 9, 2010, 1:29 AM
By Mel Greenberg NEWARK, Del. - With a visit to Old Dominion on slate Thursday night and a chance for revenge, Delaware coach Tina Martin didn't know exactly what to say about a lackluster performance against George Mason Monday afternoon before her Blue Hens rallied in the Colonial Athletic Association... Read more

Guru Musings: Connecticut-Stanford 1-2 Ranking Run an AP Record

Monday, February 8, 2010, 6:50 AM
By Mel Greenberg This item is going to be in Tuesday's print notebook but although the AP poll is hours from release the obvious continuation of the Connecticut-Stanford 1-2 run has produced the following from the Guru's AP poll history database. The Connecticut-Stanford 1-2 punch since the start... Read more

Delaware Awakens While Elsewhere ...

Friday, February 5, 2010, 4:01 AM
By Mel Greenberg NEWARK, DEL. -- Delaware Tina Martin was in a happier frame of mind Thursday night after the Blue Hens bounced back from Sunday's tough loss at Drexel with a lopsided 84-55 win over William & Mary in a Colonial Athletic Association game at the Bob Carpenter Center. Things went... Read more

AP Women's Poll History: The Conference Scene

Tuesday, February 2, 2010, 7:23 AM
By Mel Greenberg This week's Associated Press women's poll brought out a few notable occurrences led by Connecticut now taking single ownership of the longest run at No. 1. The Huskies have been ranked for 37 straight weeks dating to Feb. 18, 2008, snapping the 36-week, two-year wire-to-wire run by... Read more

Guru Musings: Delaware and Delle Donne Not Playing Horseshoes

Monday, February 1, 2010, 5:52 AM
(Guru's Note: Your Guru covered the Drexel-Delaware game for the print section and that story is elsewhere in the various regular sports locations on By Mel Greenberg If Delaware with freshman star Elle Donne was competing in horseshoes instead of women's basketball in the Colonial Athletic... Read more

Delaware's Delle Donne On The Mend

Friday, January 29, 2010, 6:45 PM
By Mel Greenberg Delaware redshirt-freshman sensation Elena Delle Donne recovered sensation in her right arm and hand and shot at Friday's light practice but did not participate in contact drills, coach Tina Martin said. The Blue Hens coach reported Delle Donne is likely to play in Sunday's major... Read more

Marginean Carries Drexel and Delaware Overcomes Delle Donne Injury

Friday, January 29, 2010, 6:09 AM
Guru's Note: (This post was assembled in the middle of the night going into sunrise Friday. The Delaware web site says Delle Donne is expected to play Sunday. An update here will come later Friday or earlier on the Guru's twitter account @womhoopsguru. Possibly Delaware will update as the day progresses... Read more

UConn Streak; That Was Then This Is Now

Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 4:40 AM
By Mel Greenberg HARTFORD, Conn. -- As the top-ranked University of Connecticut women's basketball team continues to compile astronomical numbers along what is at the moment the second largest win streak to the Huskies' standing NCAA record of 70 that lasted from 2001-02 until the Big East title... Read more

It's Gotten Wild In The Colonial Athletic Association

Friday, January 22, 2010, 6:30 AM
By Mel Greenberg It was a wild night Thursday in the Colonial Athletic Association as incumbents all held firm or rallied at the finish. Here in Philadelphia, George Mason pushed reigning Drexel all night at the Daskalakis Athletic Center but the reigning conference champions rode Gabriela Marginean’s... Read more

Temple's Slim Win Extends Mastery Over St. Joseph's

Saturday, January 16, 2010, 9:00 PM
By Mel Greenberg PHILADELPHIA _ The Wire is the name of a popular dective series on television that takes place in Baltimore. In women's basketball the wire is a place where Temple and St. Joseph's always seem to land whenever the two local rivals clash in concurrent Atlantic 10 and Big Five competition... Read more
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 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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