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Stone Hands and Delle Donne's Shot Give Temple and Delaware Wins

Wednesday, December 9, 2009, 5:04 AM
By Mel Greenberg Temple and Delaware were slipping, slipping, into the past Tuesday night at separate road stops when both were rescued from galling defeats. The Owls (7-1) rallied in the last two minutes to beat host Hampton 54-51 in Hampton, Va., as senior Jasmine Stone ensured a much happier bus... Read more

WNBA: Former La Salle Star Cheryl Reeve Being Named New Minnesota Coach

Tuesday, December 8, 2009, 11:35 AM
(updating) By Mel Greenberg Former La Salle star Cheryl Reeve from South Jersey is set to be named the new coach of the Minnesota Lynx Tuesday afternoon, multiple sources familiar with the decision have confirmed The Lynx announced a press conference earlier Tuesday morning. Additionally, the WNBA... Read more

Delle Donne's Return Puts Delaware On the Winning Side

Sunday, December 6, 2009, 4:37 AM
By Mel Greenberg Just before redshirt-freshman sensation Ellena Delle Donne suffered a right ankle sprain in the closing minutes of Delaware's win over Houston at Colorado State a week ago the rose was blooming quite nicely on coach Tina Martin's efforts to make the Blue Hens a well-oiled machine... Read more

Guru Report: WNBA Readying Earth-Shaking News On Monarchs?

Thursday, December 3, 2009, 6:09 AM
By Mel Greenberg The Guru interrupts enhanced coverage of Temple's 62-51 upset of Rutgers to take a brief detour into the world of the pros. Sometime in the next 24-48 hours (it's 4:30 a.m. in the East) the ultimate fate of the Sacramento Monarchs may be revealed, though it could take a little longer... Read more

Guru Report: West Chester's Deirdre Kane Approaches A Milestone

Tuesday, December 1, 2009, 4:55 AM
(Update: Current UConn No. 1 streak 28 not 27 in lower item posted Tuesday) By Mel Greenberg In the overall history of women's basketball in the modern era, West Chester University in suburban Philadelphia is a place of major significance. It was here that the late coach Carol Eckman, a Women's... Read more

Delaware Coach Undergoes An Array of Emotions Over Delle Donne Injury

Monday, November 30, 2009, 3:04 AM
By Mel Greenberg To understand what Delaware women's basketball coach Tina Martin has gone through in her own mind in thetwo-plus days following the right ankle sprain injury to redshirt freshman sensation Elena Delle Donne Friday night in Colorado in the closing minutes of a win over Houston one... Read more

Temple-Hartford Coaches Create A UConn Reunion

Saturday, November 28, 2009, 5:27 AM
By Mel Greenberg When Temple meets Hartford at the Hawks' Chase Arena Saturday afternoon, the matchup will bring together a Connecticut reunion of sorts in the Owls' second-year coach Tonya Cardoza and now-veteran Hartford coach Jennifer Rizzotti. Cardoza nearly had a head-on reunion with her former... Read more

Geno Hits 700

Friday, November 27, 2009, 10:25 PM
By Mel Greenberg Norristown-bred Geno Auriemma, the highly-successful University of Connecticut women's basketball coach whose Huskies have was won six NCAA titles reached 700 career wins Friday night at home at the expense of Hofstra. Here's the breaking Associated Press story: By PAT EATON-ROBB Associated... Read more

Delle Donne Lights Up Princeton in Delaware Loss

Sunday, November 22, 2009, 5:25 AM
By Mel Greenberg Red-shirt freshman Elena made a quick impact into the Delaware record books in Game No. 2 but also experienced her first collegiate loss Saturday afternoon as the Blue Hens fell to host Princeton, 68-59. The former star of Ursuline Academy at nearby Wilmington, Del., set a newcomer... Read more

Breaking WNBA News: Maloofs Giving Up Sacramento Monarchs

Friday, November 20, 2009, 2:50 PM
By Mel Greenberg Unless its already out there, the Guru has learned a little while ago the Maloof family will be giving up the Sacramento Monarchs, making it the third ownership change since the end of the season following the change in Atlanta and the move of the Detroit Shock to Tulsa. The league... Read more
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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.



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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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