March 17, 2014

Murphy Named D3Hoops.com Fourth Team All-Region

BOSTON, Mass. – Sophomore forward Olivia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) has become the first player in program history to earn a spot on a D3Hoops.com All-Region team as the Canton native was named to the Northeast Region Fourth Team late Sunday evening.

The 2013 D3Hoops.com Northeast Region Rookie of the Year, Murphy paced the Little East Conference with her 15.9 points per game and finished third in rebounds with 10.6 boards per game.  Both numbers were improvements from her freshman campaign when she finished her first season as a Beacons with 14.5 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. 

In the first half of the 2013-14 season, Murphy was averaging nearly 20 points per game, and was shooting a career-high 46.3 percent from the field.  She finished the year ranked sixth in the Little East in field goal percentage and was in the top-20 at the free throw line with her 66.7% mark.

On the glass and in the paint Murphy led the Beacons with her impressive 10.6 rebounds per game which was third most in the conference.  Her 4.0 offensive boards at the end of the season ranked her second amongst the league leaders, while her 1.5 blocks per game was third most in the LEC.

Murphy finished the year one double-double shy (12) of matching the program record set by teammate Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.).  In her two seasons in Boston, Murphy has totaled 22 double-doubles in 46 career games.

The only player in program history to be earn all four major Player of the Week honors (Little East, NEWBA, ECAC New England, D3Hoops.com), Murphy was named a First Team selection by the Little East Conference. 

Perhaps her best game of her very young college career came in the one-sided victory over Mt. Ida College.  The Canton native dropped an amazing 33 points, tying the single-game scoring record at UMass Boston.  In 26 minutes of playing time, she was 15-for-22 from the field and 3-for-5 at the line.  That game was also part of a stretch in which she recorded eight straight double-doubles.  Her best showing against a conference opponent came when she finished with 32 points, 19 rebounds, three blocks, and three steals in the 70-55 win over rival UMass Dartmouth.