Canton’s Olivia Murphy named to LEC 1st Team


Canton native Olivia Murphy, a sophomore forward on the UMass Boston women’s basketball team, has been named to the Little East Conference First Team, the league office announced last week.



Last season’s LEC Rookie of the Year paced the conference with 15.9 points per game and ranked third in the league with 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.

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 also ranked second in the league with 4.0 offensive rebounds per game and pulled down double-digit rebounds in 13 different contests. Additionally, she paced the Beacons with 1.5 blocks per game (third in the LEC) and ranked third on the roster with 23 steals.

Murphy finished one double-double shy (12) of Kirsten Morrison’s single-season record and already has 22 double-doubles after just two seasons at UMass Boston.

A former three-sport star athlete at Canton High School, Murphy became the first player in program history to earn all four major weekly awards in the same period, as she was named the LEC, NEWBA and ECAC Player of the Week, in addition to being named to the 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 when she finished with 32 points, 19 rebounds, three blocks and three steals in a 70-55 win over archrival UMass Dartmouth. Murphy knocked down 13 of 21 shots and pulled down eight offensive rebounds in the victory.

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