Murphy becomes the sixth USC player to win a WNBA title.
It may be no secret anymore that Shay Murphy has the ability to shoulder the load for USC, but opponents will still be hard-pressed to stop her, as the senior boasts an all-around attack coupled by a keen anticipation on the defensive side of the ball. She's been named to the preseason Wade Watch list and has received All-American honorable mention from Street & Smith.
2005-06 JUNIOR SEASON
Murphy started all 31 games as a junior and finished the year on a 25-game double-digit scoring streak... A Kodak/WBCA All-America Finalist... Named to All-Pac-10 Team and was Pac-10 Player of the Week on Jan. 16... Named to Waikiki Beach Marriott Classic All-Tournament Team... Finished as the nation's No. 48 scorer with 17.6 points per game... Led team in scoring (17.6 ppg), rebounding (7.3 rpg), steals (2.4 spg) and 3-pointers made (69)... Ranks in top-10 in the Pac-10 in seven categories: second in steals (2.42 spg), fourth in 3-pointers made, fifth in scoring, sixth in free-throw percentage (.785), sixth in rebounding, sixth in offensive rebounds (2.48 pg) and seventh in defensive rebounds (4.77 pg)... Now ranks as USC's No. 1 all-time 3-point shooter with 112 career threes... Her 69 threes this season is the second most scored in a single season... Set new career highs with 27 points at OSU on Feb. 25 and five assists twice... Scored in double figures in all but one game... Had six double-doubles, including two 20-point, 12-rebound performances against UCLA on Jan. 21 and at ASU on Feb. 4.
2004-05 SOPHOMORE SEASON
Murphy started just four games, but appeared in all 31 and established herself as a true impact player... She averaged the third-best scoring mark of the team with 256 total points to finish with 8.3 points per game... Was USC's second leading rebounder and No. 11 in the Pac-10 with 5.4 boards per game... 2.48 offensive rebounds per game ranked sixth in the Pac-10... Led her team in steals and ranked seventh in the Pac-10 with 1.75 per game... Was the first Trojan to be named to the Pac-10 All-Tournament Team... Named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for her efforts the week of Jan. 10-16... That week, she followed up a career-high 18 points against Arizona (Jan. 14) with 15 points against Arizona State (Jan. 16), giving her three straight double-digit performances and seven steals in the stretch... Tallied two double-doubles, first against Washington State on Jan. 9 (10 points, 11 rebounds) and then against Stanford in the Pac-10 Tournament on March 6 (16 points, 10 rebounds)... Scored in double figures 13 times and shot 36.6 percent from the floor... Averaged 1.6 assists steals per game... Invited to the 2005 USA Basketball Women's National Team Trials in May.
2003-04 FRESHMAN SEASON
Murphy was a consistent contributor off the bench as a freshman... Played in 27 games and made two starts, playing 14 minutes per game... Averaged 5.7 points, 2.9 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 1.6 steals per game... Also shot 33.3 percent (55-165) from the field, 25.4 percent (17-67) from three-point range and 71.1 percent (27-38) at the line... Named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention team... Finished third on the team in steals per game... Posted double digits on seven occasions, including a season-best 15 points at Arizona on Jan. 15... Against the Wildcats she also hit a season-high 8-of-8 at the free throw line and collected eight steals -- a mark that ties for sixth among USC's single game records... Made her first collegiate start on Jan. 17 at Arizona State and also started against California on Jan. 23... Tallied a season-high nine rebounds against Stanford on Jan. 25.
Murphy is a 2003 graduate of Montclair Prep High in Van Nuys, Calif. ... A four-year basketball letterwinner who also lettered in volleyball, softball, track & field and cross country... Accounted for 2,678 points and 1,573 rebounds in her prep career... As a senior, she finished among the CIF Southern Section's top 25 in scoring (7th, 23.5 ppg), rebounding (11th, 14.6 rpg) and steals (8th, 5.6 spg)... Also had a 49.5 shooting percentage from the field and 3.3 assists per game... As a junior, she led the CIF Southern Section in scoring (32.1 ppg) and rebounding (22.0 rpg)... Led her team to two Delphic League championships (2002, 2003) and one CIF Southern Section Division 4AA championship (2001)... Garnered numerous accolades in 2003, including Los Angeles Daily News Division 4AA Player of the Year, Los Angeles Times San Fernando Valley All-Region (also earned honor in 2002), Los Angeles Times Girls' Basketball All-Star and McDonald's All-American Top 100... A four-year Delphic League MVP... The 2002 CIF Southern Section Division 4AA Player of the Year and 2001 CIF Southern Section Division 5AA Player of the Year... A 2001 and 2002 Street & Smith All-America honorable mention selection... Invited to the 2002 Nike All-America Camp, 2001 Adidas Top 10 Camp and named to the 2001 USA Youth Development Festival West Team... Also played club basketball with Cal Swish for four years, leading her team to the 2003 and 2001 Oregon Trial Tournament... In 2003, Cal Swish went 60-1 and won each tournament... An honor roll student... Elected Associated Student Body Vice President as a senior... 2003 Montclair Prep Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Eshaya Marie Murphy was born on April 15, 1985, in Canoga Park, Calif. ... The daughter of Pauletta Murphy, she has one brother, George (17)... Chose USC because of its family atmosphere, its history of outstanding female athletes and its location close to home... Her favorite pastimes include snowboarding, singing, dancing, listening to Janet Jackson and pulling pranks on people... Has always wanted to be a backup dancer for Janet Jackson... A sociology major who hopes to one day play professional basketball.