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Eshaya Murphy

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Played in 29 games (started 3)…Shot career high 42% from the field…Scored career high 22 points in win at Phoenix on September 16 while connecting on 4 of 5 from behind the arc…Posted a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds on August 24 at Tulsa…Recorded 20 points, five rebounds and four steals in loss to San Antonio on July 11.

Signed with the Sky July 25 to a seven-day contact … Murphy played 10 games off the bench averaging 9.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game … Her first game of the season was her 100th career game where she scored six points and grabbed five rebounds … She had four double-digit scoring games with her best game against the Indiana Fever on August 7th, where she scored a career high 21 points and added six rebounds … On August 23rd, against Atlanta, Murphy sprained her thumb and missed the last seven games of the season.

Murphy was signed by the Fever as a free agent three games into the 2009 regular season after being waived by the Washington Mystics. She was re-signed by the Fever to a training camp contract in February. Playing for her fourth WNBA franchise, she played a reserve role at guard where she is an active, aggressive rebounder and defender. Traded to the Chicago Sky July 22. Played in 11 games off the bench for the Sky and averaged 5.1 points, and 1.8 rebounds in 14.1 minutes per game. Murphy scored a season-high 12 points against the Fever on July 27 and grabbed a season-high six rebounds against the Lynx on August 7th.

Murphy played in 24 games, signing with the Fever after the third game of the season…she scored a career-high 15 points and had six rebounds at Chicago, 7/10…Murphy scored in double figures in three games versus Chicago, averaging 12.6 points against the Sky…her field goal and 3-point shooting percentages were the best of her career…she had a season high of seven rebounds against Chicago, 8/5.

Murphy spent time on the rosters of the Minnesota Lynx, Detroit Shock and Washington Mystics…she averaged 2.2 points per game…she had season highs of 24 minutes and 13 points against the Chicago Sky, 6/28, while in her first week with the Shock…she opened the season with Minnesota before being traded to Detroit in exchange for LaToya Thomas, 6/22…she later was traded from the Shock to the Mystics, 8/12, in exchange for Taj McWilliams-Franklin.

Murphy came off the bench in all 32 games for the Lynx, averaging 5.2 points and 3.3 rebounds in 13.6 minutes per game…she reached double figures on nine occasions and scored a season-high 14 points at Houston, 7/12…she registered her first career double-double vs. New York, 6/1,, scoring 11 points with a season-high 12 rebounds…she logged a season-high 25 minutes vs. Seattle, 8/7.

2009: The three-year veteran appeared in four games in her first WNBA Playoffs appearance…Murphy played three minutes in three different games and did not register any points.

Played for the NWBL’s San Diego Siege during their 2006 campaign alongside Liberty teammate Loree Moore … Participated in the 2006 NWBL All-Star Game scoring nine points.

Played for Dexia Namur in Belgium during the past two off-seasons from the WNBA … In her second season (2007-2008), scored 14.4 ppg and 6.3 rpg … Averaged 10.5 ppg in her first season (2006-2007). Competed in Turkey for Tarsus Belediyesi in the 2010 offseason and played for Villeneuve D’Asco in France in the 2011 offseason. In the 2009 and 2010 offseason Murphy is played for Soller in Spain. In the 2011/2012 offseason played for Ros Casares in Spain.

Murphy finished her career at USC as the school’s all-time leader with 181 career 3-point field goals…she finished as one of its top 10 scorers with 1,492 points…she ranked sixth at USC in steals (234) and eighth in rebounds (722)…she had a 47-game double-figure scoring streak spanning the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons…named to the All-Pac-10 first team in 2007, she was a Kodak/WBCA All-America finalist…she was a Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention selection in 2004.


Her full name is Eshaya Marie Murphy, but she prefers to be called "Shay"…the daughter of Pauletta Murphy, she has a younger brother, George…her interests include snowboarding, singing, dancing, listening to Janet Jackson and pulling pranks on people...she has always wanted to be a backup dancer for Janet Jackson and believes she would be in the entertainment industry if she were not playing basketball…she graduated from USC in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology…she was elected the associated student body vice president as a senior at Monclair Prep High School in Van Nuys, Calif.

Career Transactions

Drafted by the Minnesota Lynx in the second round (15th overall) in the 2007 WNBA Draft…Traded to the Detroit Shock in exchange for LaToya Thomas on June 22, 2008.