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Guru's NCAA Musings

Monday, March 30, 2009, 3:27 AM
By Mel Greenberg TRENTON, N.J. - In recent times the Guru has always said going into the NCAA women's tournament that the competition will be reflective of the season. When things didn't stabilize at the end of January in terms of traditional powers regaining the high ground, a hodge podge of results... Read more

Guru's Notebook: Trenton Tips, Other Items

Friday, March 27, 2009, 2:38 AM
By Mel Greenberg As a public service, the Guru provides the following information for the biggest invasion of Trenton since a guy named Washiington several centuries ago delivered a surprise or two along the banks of the Delaware. Saturday's practices for the Regional Semifinals and Final are free... Read more

Maryland Powers Past Utah To Sweet 16

Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 11:52 PM
By Mel Greenberg COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Speed may kill but athleticism can be just as deadly, The Maryland senior duo of point guard Kristi Toliver and forward Marissa Coleman paid their farewells to the Terrapins’ Comcast Center Tuesday night with one more significant win – a 71-56... Read more

Rutgers Swaps Agony For Ectasy In Upset of Auburn to Return To Sweet 16

Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 8:41 AM
(The Guru’s Cut for those who like something more lengthy than print allows) By Mel Greenberg PISCATAWAY, N.J. - A season of aggravation has suddenly turned sweet for the Rutgers women’s basketball team. The seventh-seeded Scarlet Knights delighted a home crowd of 3,348 in the Louis... Read more

Tennessee's NCAA Demise Becomes All-Time Upset

Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 8:04 AM
By Mel Greenberg The NCAA women’s basketball tournament found a way late Sunday night to catch the attention of the average man-in-the-street with No. 12 Ball State’s 71-55 startling upset of No. 5 Tennessee, the two-time defending national champion. Fans who don’t follow the sport... Read more

Associated Press Women's Poll Trivia Wraup 2008-09

Wednesday, March 18, 2009, 8:55 AM
By Mel Greenberg The Guru has just finished going over his main Associated Press women's poll historical database and index files and even thinks after doing a test he can cleanly cut and paste some historical figures from the 33-year run in this file. But first about the 2008-09 season after Week... Read more

Guru's Musings: Homecomings and Familiarities All Over The NCAA Women's Bracket

Tuesday, March 17, 2009, 9:46 AM
By Mel Greenberg Homecomings of sorts and other sites of familiarities are all over the NCAA women’s basketball tournament bracket that was revealed Monday night for this year’s compelling three-week drama: Connecticut and 63 Other Teams. The 11 teams in the Trenton Regional behind the... Read more

NCAA Tournament field unveiled

Monday, March 16, 2009, 8:00 PM
By Jonathan Tannenwald You might have seen the selection show on ESPN tonight, but just in case, the field of 64 teams in this year's NCAA Tournament has been announced and we have it right here on the blog. The No. 1 seeds are not that surprising: superpower Connecticut in the East (Trenton)... Read more

NCAA Selection Night Preview: Trenton With UConn is a Forbidden City To Other Hopefuls

Monday, March 16, 2009, 1:42 AM
By Mel Greenberg There is no mystery as to who will be the stars of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament selection show Monday night hen the 64-team field is announced on ESPN. Unbeaten Connecticut (33-0), which has dominated the competition to earn potential acclamation as the greatest of... Read more

Dancing With Drexel's CAA Stars - Dragons NCAA Bound

Sunday, March 15, 2009, 6:38 PM
By Mel Greenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Drexel’s stars are going dancing to the NCAA women’s basketball tournament as first-time participants. The Dragons captured their first-ever Colonial Athletic Association regular season title Sunday with a gritty 64-58 victory over host James Madison... 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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