(MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.) - Carnegie Mellon University women's basketball senior Lisa Murphy (McLean, Va./McLean) was named the D3hoops.com Great Lakes Player of the Year on Monday. The top honor in the region is the first for Murphy and fourth regional honor of her career from D3hoops.com.
Murphy was the Great Lakes Region Rookie of the Year in 2013-14, was named to the second team as a sophomore and earned first-team honors each of the past two years. The senior finished the last three seasons with averages of more than 20 points and 10 rebounds and is just the second player in Carnegie Mellon women's basketball history to finish a year averaging a double-double.
Murphy completed the 28-game 2016-17 season with an average of 24.3 points and 13.5 rebounds. Both averages join her shooting percentage of .780 as new school records while her showing from the field tops her NCAA Division III record set last year at .752. A 6-1 center, Murphy also set new season school records in points scored with 681, free throws made with 179, free throws attempted with 218, rebounds with 379 and blocks with 75. All but both rebound records were previously set by Murphy.
In addition to Carnegie Mellon's school records, Murphy also set University Athletic Association (UAA) records for points (44), field goals made (16), total rebounds (24) and offensive rebounds (12) in a game as well as UAA season records in points scored (336), scoring average (24.0), field goals made (122) and shooting percentage (77.2%) on her way to repeating as the UAA Player of the Year.
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.
While Murphy graduates as the best women's basketball player in Carnegie Mellon history, she'll also leave her name in the NCAA records book. Her career shooting percentage of .712 and season average of .780 will stand as the best across all three divisions. She also had a string of 11 double-doubles in 2016-2017 that will make the Division III book while she finished with a career-best 21 double-doubles for the season.