March 4, 2014

Olivia Murphy Named to Little East Conference First Team

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass.—Sophomore forward Olivia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) has been named to the Little East Conference First Team, the league office announced Tuesday morning.

Last season's Little East Conference Rookie of the Year paced the conference with 15.9 points per game and ranked third in the league with her 10.6 rebounds per game. She improved both totals from her freshman campaign, when she earned a spot on the All-Rookie Team and All-Defensive Team after averaging 14.5 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. She becomes the first First Team All-Conference player for the Beacons since LaKeisha Tucker in 06-07.

Murphy took her offensive game to the next level, averaging close to 20 points per game through the first half of the season, and shooting a new career-high 46.3 percent from the field. She ranked sixth in the conference in field-goal percentage and 14th in the league with her 66.7 percent mark from the charity stripe.

She was just as strong on the boards, ranking third in the league in rebounding (10.6 rbg) and second with her 4.0 offensive rebounds per game. Murphy pulled down double-digits rebounds in 13 different contests and 15 or more rebounds in five games. Additionally, she paced the Beacons with her 1.5 blocks per game (3rd in the LEC) and ranked third on the roster with her 23 steals.

Murphy finished one double-double shy (12) of Kirsten Morrison's (North Reading, Mass.) program-record for double-doubles in a single-season. Through two years at UMass Boston, she has recorded 22 double-doubles in 46 career games played.

The sophomore forward from Canton, Mass. became the first player in program history to earn all four major weekly awards in the same period, as she was named the Little East Conference, NEWBA and ECAC Player of the Week, in addition to being named to the D3Hoops.com Team of the Week on December 9. She was named the Little East Conference Player of the Week on three separate occasions.

Murphy had one of the best games of her young career in the Beacons home opener, as she tied the program-record for points in a game (33) against Mount Ida College. In just 26 minutes of play, Murphy knocked down 15-of-22 field-goal attempts and 3-of-5 free throws, while also pulling down 12 rebounds. The huge game came in the midst of a stretch when Murphy recorded double-doubles in eight consecutive contests. 

She nearly topped her performance a month later against UMass Dartmouth, when she finished with 32 points, 19 rebounds, three blocks and three steals in a 70-55 win over arch-rival UMass Dartmouth. Murphy knocked down 13-of-21 shots in the victory and pulled down eight offensive rebounds, tied for her second-most offensive rebounds of the season.