Shay Murphy Named To Preseason Wade Watch List
Aug. 21, 2006
Entering her senior season, USC guard Shay Murphy has been tabbed as one of the country's top players, having been included on the preseason 'Wade Watch' list that puts her in the running for the 2006-07 State Farm Wade Trophy Division I Player of the Year award. Only 25 athletes appear on the list, with only three Pac-10 players included. Murphy earned her place on the list after a stellar junior season in which she was also earned WBCA/Kodak All-American honorable mention. The only USC player so far to win the Wade Trophy was Cheryl Miller in 1985.
Murphy was USC's leading scorer and rebounder last season, helping spark the Women of Troy to a ride to the NCAA Second Round. She poured in 17.6 points per game to rank No. 48 in the nation in scoring, and ended the 2005-06 season on a 25-game double-digit scoring streak. She moved up to rank No. 1 on USC's career charts with 112 career three-pointers after nailing 69 threes on the year, and appeared in the top-10 on the Pacific-10 season lists for seven different categories: No. 2 in steals (2.42spg), No. 4 in 3-pointers made, No. 5 in scoring, No. 6 in free-throw percentage (.785), No. 6 in rebounding (7.3 rpg), No. 6 in offensive rebounds (2.48 pg) and No. 7 in defensive rebounds (4.77 pg). She also was selected to the All-Pac-10 Team as a junior.
Now in its 29th year, the State Farm Wade Trophy is regarded as the most prestigious award in NCAA Division I women's basketball, and is bestowed upon the best player of the 2006-2007 season. The player is selected based on her game and season statistics, character, effect on her team, overall playing ability and leadership. Organized by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), the Wade Trophy is named after the first-ever women's basketball national player of the year, Lily Margaret Wade, who won the award in 1978 and also served as coach of three-time national champion Delta State University.