USC's Shay Murphy Wins WNBA Championship With Mercury|
Sept. 13, 2014
USC's Shay Murphy joined an elite group of Women of Troy when she and her Phoenix Mercury teammates captured the 2014 WNBA Championship yesterday. A pro since graduating from USC as an All-American in 2007, Murphy now becomes the sixth Trojan to win a WNBA title as a player. She joins the championship ranks of fellow Women of Troy Cynthia Cooper, Lisa Leslie, Tina Thompson, Nicky McCrimmon and Monica Lamb, who all played on previous WNBA championship teams.
Murphy and the Mercury made it a clean sweep of the Chicago Sky -- Murphy's former team -- in the finals. Murphy contributed a big 3-pointer for the Mercury in game two, and appeared in all seven games during the playoffs. During the regular season, Murphy averaged 3.9 points, 1.1 assists and 1.7 rebounds per game in her 27 appearances for the Mercury.
As a Trojan, the animated 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 coupled sharp perimeter shooting with a keen eye for grabbing rebounds in her Trojan career, tallying 19 career double-doubles and shining as USC's leading 3-point shooter and top rebounder as a senior. Already holding several places in USC history, Murphy made an impact in the Pac-10 Conference and beyond. She was the runner-up for the Pac-10 Player of the Year award, and received national accolades as a Kodak/WBCA All-America finalist, Wade Watch and Wooden Award candidate and Lowes Senior CLASS Award second team selection. 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.
Murphy now ranks No. 13 all-time in career scoring, No. 3 all-time in 3-pointers made and No. 11 in career rebounds.
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