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Archive: August, 2009

Guru Report: Columbia Bue Edges Red in Summer League Finals Opener

Thursday, August 6, 2009, 8:49 AM
By Mel Greenberg PHILADELPHIA _ It's one but perhaps a ways to go yet before being done in the best-of-three finals of the Philadelphia Dept. of Recreation NCAA Women's Summer League. Unlike the two earlier rounds, this time a Red rally came up just short and the top-seeded Columbia Blue team... Read more

Summer League: Favorite and Cinderella Prevail in Semifinals

Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 12:15 AM
By Mel Greenberg PHILADELPHIA - Top Seeded Columbia Blue, highlighted by St. Joseph's stars, and No. 5 Red, dominated by Division II West Chester players, have advanced to the finals of the Philadelphia Department of Recreation NCAA Women's Summer League. Columbia Blue, which finished the regular... Read more

Quickie News

Monday, August 3, 2009, 8:43 PM
(Guru's note: Updating with later, more detailed AP story) By Mel Greenberg Former Arizona and Long Beach coach Joan Bonvicini will be named the new women's coach at Seatte on Tuesday a source familiar with the hire independently confirmed to the Guru. But here's the AP story (since updated in the... 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 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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