Shay Murphy Named Kodak/WBCA All-America Finalist
March 9, 2007
USC senior guard Shay Murphy continues to prove herself as one of the top athletes in the nation, and has most recently earned accolades as a finalist for the 2007 Kodak/WBCA All-America Basketball Team. Murphy has been named one of 52 finalists across the country who are in the running for the final 10-player team announced on March 31. This is Murphy's second straight honor as an All-America finalist, representing the competitive and talented Region 8.
USC's top scorer, rebounder, steals leader, free-throw shooter and cheerleader, Shay Murphy is the Trojans' go-to player this year. As the Women of Troy await the announcement of NCAA Tournament selections on March 12, Murphy stands out the Pac-10's top offensive rebounder (3.43 pg), second in scoring (17.9 ppg), rebounding (8.4 rpg), free-throw percentage (.858), 3-pointers (69 made, 2.30 pg), fifth in steals (2.07 spg) and seventh in defensive rebounds (5.00 pg). In addition to her recent honor as a 2007 Kodak/WBCA All-America Basketball Team finalist from Region 8, Murphy also is a top-10 finalist for the Lowes Senior CLASS Award, is on the Wade Watch list and up for the Wooden Award and earned Street & Smith Preseason Honorable Mention.
This season in conference action, Murphy was the runner-up for the Pac-10 Player of the Year, earning her second straight spot on the All-Pac-10 Team. Following USC's trip to the Pac-10 Tournament semifinals, she also was named to the Pac-10 All-Tournament Team for the second time in her career. This season, Murphy earned her 1,000th career point at South Dakota State on Nov. 17 -- her 91st career game -- to become the 20th Trojan to break that barrier. She since has recorded two 30-point games, becoming just the seventh Trojan to have repeat 30-point games in a season, and now ranks No. 10 all-time in scoring with 1,492 career points, No. 1 all-time in 3-pointers with 181 career threes, No. 6 all-time in steals with 234, and No. 8 all-time in rebounds with 722. She held a 47-game double-digit scoring streak extending from last season and has scored in double figures 29 times this year, with 11 double-doubles.
Joining Murphy as finalists in Region 8 are five other Pac-10 standouts: Devanei Hampton (California), Noelle Quinn (UCLA), Brooke Smith (Stanford), Emily Westerberg (Arizona State) and Candice Wiggins (Stanford).