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Guru Report: Catching Up While CAA Players Keep Making News

By Mel Greenberg

So since the Guru last appeared her on the weekend, there has much gone on and not all involving basketball.

New additions to the ipod(s) are alicia keys, the entire 2009 itunes top hits, phil vassar, mannheim steamroller (holiday collection), and britney spears. There might be one or two others.

In rthe blue ray world, all six harry potter films are now in the house.

Meanwhile, back in the world of techno nightmares, all email accounts suddenly stopped forwarding to the blackberry in the last 24 hours although it seemed to be back in order a few hours ago. When the Guru opened his newest laptop at the Drexel-Princeton game, fortunately he was not on the print detail, it seemed like the video card had too much egg nog, so it's off the the sony store.

Fortunately, the semi-retired one is back on active duty and thus from a remote location, your blog.

The Guru did not file Sunday night off the Drexel-St. Joseph's because just about everything made print involving Drexel's Gabriela Marginean becoming the seventh city player in D-I history to reach 1,000 points.

What didn't get mentioned is Dragons coach Denise Dillon reached her 100th victory.

Since then Marginean was named the Philadelphia Sportswriters' Association's Amateur Athlete of the Year and details can be found on a link at the Drexel web site. Last year, former star Nicole Hester won the association's Most Courageous Athlete Award, it's top honor.

And so let's move forward.

Also, what didn't make print was St. Joseph's coach Cindy Griffin's quote after her Hawks countinued a scoring funk from the Villanova loss to fall 29 points behind before a stirring rally left them two points short at the finish.

"We're in a tough spot right now," Griffin said. "Our season can go either way and it's in our hands."

Meanwhile, La Salle suffered a competitive loss at Delaware in which the Explorers managed to hamper rookie sensation Elena Delle Donne's shooting effort, though she still finished with 17 points.

"We pretty much held her off the second half but still she made an amazing shot near the end when we were close that helped Delaware pull away.," La Salle coach Tom Lochner said.

Forgotten One and Delle Donne Share CAA Rookie Honors

In a week in which Colonial Athletic Association runnerup James Madison returned to the AP weekly poll, there were two local connections involving the weekly rookie awards.

Delle Donne's exploits have been well chornicled to date but a player who grew up near her Wilmington home and starred at Henderson High in West Chester, shared rookie honors.

Because Delle Donne has been getting all the attention, Hofstra media contact Stephen A. Gorchov has been jokingly making references about the Pride's rookie Shante Evan, who's averarging 11.7 points and 7.2 rebounds.

Here's his communique off her week.

The End of the Decade

Next week the Guru will name the best in City action -- Drexel could factor in the mix -- but nationally speaking, he had little argument with any off the Sports Illustrated top picks of the decade. He thought UConn's Diana Taurasi over Tennessee sensation Candace Parker, though not  by much, and Huskies Geno Auriemma as coach of the decade.

But to include all the success, the following people are in the core group off the decade poll success charts involving the top teams since 2000 for all-decade second and third teams.

Rutgers -- Cappie Pondexter and Essence Carson; Maryland -- Kristi Toliver and Crystal Langhorne; Baylor -- Sophia Young; Duke -- Alana Beard and Lindsey Harding; and perhaps some others to be looked at off Connecticut, Tennessee, and North Carolina.

Local Links to the WNBA Lynx

Former La Salle coach John Miller was at Thursday night's game at Drexel involving Princeton, which won, because one of his former Mount St. Joseph's High School players is a member of the visiting Tigers.

Informed his former Explorers star Cheryl Reeve had become coach of the Minnesota Lynx in the WNBA, Miller had lots of nice things to say.

And the Guru will have those quotes transcribed in the next report.

-- Mel