Shay Murphy and Morghan Medlock Earn Pac-10 Honors
March 2, 2007
The USC women's basketball team has had two players earn Pac-10 season honors this week, as senior guard Shay Murphy has been named to the All-Pac-10 Team for the second straight season, and freshman forward Morghan Medlock has received All-Freshman Honorable Mention. Murphy was the runner-up for the Pac-10 Player of the Year award, which went to California sophomore center Devanei Hampton. The two Women of Troy have helped lead USC into the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament, where the Trojans face fourth-seeded Washington at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday (March 3) at HP Pavilion in San Jose.
One of the most recognized players in the Pac-10, Shay Murphy has accumulated a long list of honors this season and leads the Women of Troy in scoring (18.1 ppg), rebounding (8.5 rpg), steals (2.1 spg), 3-pointers (67 made, 2.4 pg) and free throws (.849). She ranks in the top-3 in the Pac-10 in all those same categories, and leads the conference in offensive rebounds (3.4 pg). Murphy is a candidate for many of the nation's top women's basketball awards as well. She has been named a candidate for the State Farm Wade Trophy, the John R. Wooden Award, the Naismith Trophy and the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, and earned Street & Smith Preseason honorable mention. She earned Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention in 2003-04 and was named to the All-Pac-10 Team as a junior, when she was named a WBCA/Kodak All-America finalist and finished the year on a 25-game double-digit scoring streak that she extended to 47 straight this year. She has started every game this season for the Trojans and has generated two 30-point performances as well as 10 double-doubles -- tops in the Pac-10. She currently stands just seven points away from ranking in the top-10 all-time in scoring at USC with 1,462 career points, and is USC's all-time 3-point leader with 179 career threes. She also ranked No. 9 in rebounding with 704 -- four away from moving into the No. 8 spot.
In her first year at Troy, Morghan Medlock has appeared in every game for the Trojans and started seven games. She has been a consistent contributor, scoring in every game but one to hold the fourth-best scoring mark on the team with 6.4 points per game. Medlock is fourth in rebounding with 4.3 per game, has nailed nine 3-pointers so far and has posted one double-double. A McDonald's High School All-American, Medlock is the one of USC's four freshman -- ranked the top recruiting class in the nation -- to appear in every game this season.