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Archive: October, 2009

Guru's Musings: Preseason Poll Reflects Topsy Turvy Road Ahead

Saturday, October 31, 2009, 12:20 AM
(Guru's Note: Your Guru just spent two weeks recovering from a technological nightmare of nuclear proportions - like having windows on a laptop containing the data that includes all things historical going into deep freeze wiuthin 24 hours of the usb port die on a blackberry. Put the Guru has managed... Read more

Delle Donne's Arrival Has Delaware Coach Looking For Balance

Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 9:36 PM
Guru's Note: Because of the quantity of coverage from CAA Media Day, this is essentially Part 2 of Wednesday's earlier morning post. A print story from the A-10 women's teleconference will exist early Thursday AM when the Inquirer sports section involving non-baseball coverage posts. The Guru will... Read more

CAA Women: The Delle Donne Effect

Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 2:29 AM
(Guru's Note: A print story combining CAA men and women is in the inquirer sports section area of Drexel is addressed in that story and some comments are being withheld by the Guru until team preview week.) By Mel Greenberg WASHINGTON _ A year ago, mention of Elena Delle Donne, the former... Read more

Guru Musings: WNBA Shock Waves Bye Bye To Detroit

Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 3:58 AM
By Mel Greenberg PHILADELPHIA - Considering the recent state of the auto industry in theMotor City, there was a temptation to put up a headline saying the Shock are leaving Dodge about the three-time WNBA champion Detroit franchises move to Tulsa, which will be formally announced Tuesday in the Sooner... Read more

Confirmed: Detroit Shock moving to Tulsa

Monday, October 19, 2009, 1:53 PM
This would be breaking news. Mel just called me with confirmation from his sources, who are quite close to all of this, that the WNBA's Detroit Shock are moving to Tulsa, Oklahoma. This confirmation is independent of the AP's reporting from this morning, at least in that Mel's sources told him directly... Read more

Big Five Women and Drexel Gather Under One Roof

Sunday, October 18, 2009, 1:05 AM
By Mel Greenberg Less than 24 hours after the dedication of St. Joseph's Michael Hagan Arena, players and coaches from allthe Big Five women's teams and Drexel will gather on Hawk Hill Sunday morning for the annual Big Five basketball clinic, which also serves as a fundraiser for the Coaches vs. Cancer... Read more

Guru's News and Muse: Leslie's Post-WNBA Tour Comes To Philly

Friday, October 16, 2009, 3:56 AM
The Guru interrupts what will be a loooong blog to apologize for some glitch that never put the content into the previous post headline about Lisa Leslie Don't fear because all will be re-addressed here with new content. The Guru is curious, though,whether it was a link from somewhere or the new-look... Read more

Guru's News and Muse: Leslie's New Post-WNBA Life Brings Her to Philly

Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 3:26 AM
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WNBA Playoffs: Diana Taurasi and Phoenix Claim Title Over Indiana

Saturday, October 10, 2009, 9:37 AM
(Guru's note: While the Guru is coping with a major crisis on his laptop, the previous model has been brought to life and made operational until hopefully the issue can be resolved without serious data loss, though most important files are backed up on thumb drives. Here is the AP coverage of the championship... Read more

WNBA Finals: Phoenix Mercury Rises Again To Extend Indy To Game 5

Thursday, October 8, 2009, 2:06 AM
(Guru's Note: Here is AP coverage from Indianapolis) By Cliff Brunt AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The high-scoring Phoenix Mercury saved their season with defense. The Indiana Fever led the WNBA finals series 2-1 and had a chance to clinch their first title in front of an active... 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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