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Archive: September, 2009

Guru's Musings: WNBA's Oscar Set To Meet Diana

Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 12:17 AM
By Mel Greenberg And the winner for best WNBA regular season performance game after game: That would be former Connecticut star Diana Taurasi of the Western Conference postseason and regular-season champion Phoenix Mercury. The league announced early Monday afternoon that the WNBA's Most Valuable... Read more

WNBA Playoffs: Conference Finishes Result in Historic Night

Sunday, September 27, 2009, 2:33 AM
(Guru's note: Being in the home office to pen this Saturday night contribution means some detail and quotes were contributed off the Associated Press). By Mel Greenberg When the next revision of historic moments in WNBA history occurs, Saturday night's decisive Game 3 action in both the Eastern and... Read more

WNBA Conference Finals: A Blend of Old And New Blood

Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 2:20 AM
By Mel Greenberg As the WNBA's Eastern and Western Conferences launch their best-of-three championship series Wednesday night, a glance at the overall rosters reveals a passing of the torch to a newer generation in the 13-year history of the playoffs. Some of the big names from the early years of... Read more

Few Cup Cakes On 'Nova's Schedule

Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 4:05 AM
By Mel Greenberg Villanova released its women's basketball schedule on Monday and judging by the listed slate veteran coach Harry Perretta may add a few extra years beyond his actual age by the time March Madness approaches. In large part due to the Wildcats' membership in the Big East, a winning... Read more

WNBA Playoffs: Langhorne's Big Night Marred By Washington Loss

Thursday, September 17, 2009, 11:42 PM
By Mel Greenberg COLLEGE PARK, Md. – It was the same old song for the Washington Mystics at the University Maryland’s Comcast Center Thursday night but with a different meaning because one more playoff loss and they’ll be gone. Seeking to shake off the four-game sweep in the regular... Read more

WNBA playoffs broadcast schedule

Tuesday, September 15, 2009, 5:42 PM
By Jonathan Tannenwald Here's the TV broadcast schedule for this year's WNBA Playoffs. 15 games will air on ESPN2 and online at, while four first-round games will air on NBA TV. These are the ESPN2 games: Sept. 16, 8 p.m.: Atlanta at Detroit (Pam Ward, Nancy Lieberman, Rebecca... Read more

WNBA Playoffs: Full Circle or Chaos?

Monday, September 14, 2009, 3:23 AM
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Guru's Musings and Notes: Ttriibutes Continue To Rutgers' Stringer

Sunday, September 13, 2009, 5:43 AM
(Guru's Note: WNBA coverage resumes Sunday night as regular season ends. On Saturday night, Washington grabbed the last playoff spot in the East and overall with a win at home over Atlanta. Had the Mystics not made the postseason it would have been the first time in the history of the East that a team... Read more

Rutgers Coach C. Vivian Stringer Joins Basketball Heaven

Saturday, September 12, 2009, 3:34 AM
(Guru's Note: The WNBA playoff race post is just below this one. Also, the entire speech will not appear at this point in time, but the beat writers at the Newark Star Ledger Site and the New Brunswick Home News Site may have been in better position to pick up some of coach Stringer's soft-voice end... Read more

WNBA Playoffs: Atlanta Realizes Dream By Making Sun Set

Saturday, September 12, 2009, 2:35 AM
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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.

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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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