USC's Shay Murphy Selected 15th In WNBA Draft By Minnesota

April 4, 2007

USC senior guard Eshaya 'Shay' Murphy was selected in the second round of the 2007 WNBA Draft on Wednesday, April 4, picked by the Minnesota Lynx. She becomes the seventh Trojan to be drafted in the WNBA and second to be selected in the second round. Murphy was among 22 athletes invited to attend the 2007 WNBA Draft, held in Cleveland. Thirteen were selected in the first round, with Murphy winding up as the 15th overall pick in the draft.

USC has had 10 players join the WNBA, six of whom were selected in the draft. Two athletes were chosen as members of the 1997 Inaugural Elite Selection - Cynthia Cooper and Lisa Leslie. The last Trojan to be drafted was first-round pick Ebony Hoffman in 2004.

Also going to the Minnesota Lynx following the first two rounds of the 2007 WNBA Draft are Duke guard Lindsey Harding (top pick, traded to Minnesota from the Phoenix Mercury), UCLA guard Noelle Quinn (fourth overall pick), Stanford center Brooke Smith (23rd) and Boston College forward Kathrin Ress (24th). Murphy has a history with three of those athletes already. The Trojans faced Harding and her Duke squad in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2006. And Murphy's fellow 2006-07 All-Pac-10 Team members Quinn and Smith have been enjoying tough conference competition - and off-court friendship - throughout the trio's Pac-10 careers.

Murphy closed down her USC career as the all-time leading 3-point shooter at Troy with 181 career threes, and cracked the top-10 in scoring with 1,492 career points. Acknowledged as one of the top collegiate players in the game Murphy is a versatile and athletic guard who has coupled sharp perimeter shooting with a keen eye for grabbing rebounds, Murphy has tacked up 19 career double-doubles, shining as USC's leading 3-point shooter and top rebounder as a senior to tally 11 double-doubles in her final season as a Trojan. Already holding several places in USC history, Murphy also made an impact in the Pac-10 Conference and beyond. She has ranked in the top-10 in seven different Pac-10 statistical categories for the past two seasons, was the runner-up for the Pac-10 Player of the Year award, and has received national accolades as a Kodak/WBCA All-America finalist, Wade Watch and Wooden Award candidate and Lowes Senior CLASS Award second team selection.

In her time at Troy, Murphy ranks No. 10 all-time in career scoring with 1,492 points, becoming one of only 20 Women of Troy to break the 1,000-point mark at USC. She also stands out as just the seventh Trojan to have repeat 30-point games in a single season. Her 3-point shot also holds her at No. 1 in USC's 3-point shooting charts with 181 career threes - 69 of which came this season, and 67 as a junior. She ranks No. 6 all-time in steals (234) and No. 8 in rebounds (722), averaging 8.4 rebounds per game as a senior. Murphy also held a 47-game double-digit scoring streak spanning the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons, hitting double figures in all but one game for the Trojans as a senior.

See what Shay had to say after the WNBA Pre-Draft Camp.

USC'S PAST WNBA DRAFT PICKS

1997 Inaugural Elite Selection:
Cynthia Cooper (Houston Comets)
Lisa Leslie (Los Angeles Sparks)

First Round:
Ebony Hoffman (2004, Indiana Fever)
Pam McGee (1997, Sacramento Monarchs)
Tina Thompson (1997, Houston Comets)

Second Round:
Adrain Williams (2000, Phoenix Mercury)

Fourth Round:
Monica Lamb (1998, Houston Comets)
Nicky McCrimmon (2000, Los Angeles Sparks)

OTHER USC PLAYERS IN WNBA
From ABL:
Michelle Campbell (1999)
Undrafted:
Kim Gessig (1997, Los Angeles Sparks)

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