(AUSTIN, Texas) – Carnegie Mellon University women's basketball senior Lisa Murphy (McLean, Va./McLean) has been honored by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) as the 2017 CoSIDA Women's Basketball Division III Academic All-America of the Year while she repeats as a first-team selection. Senior teammate Jackie Hudepohl (Saratoga, Calif./Lynbrook/Colgate) has also been recognized for the second year with selection to the first team.
Earlier in February, the pair were two of five named to the District 4 All-District team, giving way to their national eligibility for the second straight season.
Murphy holds a 3.84 GPA in psychology while pushing out a stat line of 24.6 points, 13.2 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 1.5 assists per game. While her 24.6 points per game ranks third in the nation, the senior is once again leading the nation in shooting percentage with a stat of 79.9%. Murphy was just announced as the University Athletic Association (UAA) Player of the Year for the second time after leading the UAA in points, rebounds and blocks per game as well as field-goal percentage and shots made with 227. The 6-1 center finished the 14-game UAA season with game records in points scored (44), field goals made (16), total rebounds (24) and offensive rebounds (12), and recorded UAA season records in points scored (336), scoring average (24.0), field goals made (122) and shooting percentage (77.2%). With that, Murphy also set a new school record in rebounds for season with 329.
Earlier this year, Murphy became the first player in UAA women's basketball history and 18th player in Division III history to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds for her career. Additionally she is the 8th player in Division III history to tally 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 200 blocks.
When not playing basketball, Murphy spends her time as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council and serves as vice president of Psi Chi, the International Psychology Honor Society. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Mortar Board and is an Andrew Carnegie Society Scholar. Murphy has volunteered in the community on numerous occasions and spends each Monday at the Environmental Charter School in Pittsburgh as a student intern in an inclusive first grade classroom. Her volunteer activities include working with Special Olympics, Carnegie Mellon's 1,000 plus Day of Service, CMU's Service Saturday and working in small groups to provide lunches and conversation to those who are homeless and marginally housed in the area of Oakland through First Trinity Homeless Ministry. Murphy next stop will be graduate school, as she plans to earn her master's degree in early childhood special education.
Hudepohl carries a 4.0 GPA while majoring in mathematics with a concentration in statistics. She is also minoring in both computer science and computational finance. In her second full season with the Tartans after an injury sidelined her after five games during her sophomore season, Hudepohl is second on the team in points per game with 14.8 and rebounding with an average of 7.4 a game. The senior is shooting 43.0% from the floor and led the UAA in free throw percentage at 84.1% for the year. In addition to her shooting and rebounding stats, Hudepohl is fifth in the UAA in assists per game at 3.2 and eighth in blocks with 0.8 per game.
Away from the court, Hudepohl spent last summer as a trading intern at Susquehanna International Group and has secured employment at IMC Financial Markets in Chicago as a quantitative trader. She previously was a research assistant in computer science and engineering at Washington University in St. Louis while also participating in a workshop on applications of mathematics at Duke University. She has been a teaching assistant for four different classes in the mathematics and computer science departments at Carnegie Mellon and a peer tutor in academic development. Hudepohl was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa, is an Andrew Carnegie Society Scholar, and a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council.
Murphy, Hudepohl and the Tartans will continue their season on Friday, March 3 in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Quarterfinals. The Tartans received a first-round bye in the 15-team tournament presented by Visit Myrtle Beach and have been selected to host the weekend competition which will included seven games with the championship scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 5. The Tartans will play the winner of Neumann University and Brooklyn College at 11:00 a.m. Friday.