Murphy nets career high in points for Banana Slugs


Photo by UC Santa Cruz Athletics – Kaylee Murphy in action for the Banana Slugs last season.

By Ray Hamill — Eureka’s Kaylee Murphy has begun her sophomore collegiate basketball season in style, scoring a career-high 24 points for UC Santa Cruz on Saturday in a game at Willamette in Oregon.

Murphy, who had an outstanding freshman season for the Banana Slugs last winter, appears to have carried over that form into her sophomore campaign, where she leads her team early in scoring with 15.5 points a game, as well as in rebounds (9.3) and steals (2.3).

Last year Murphy was named to the Association of Division III Independents First Team after a stellar campaign that saw her average 10.7 points and 10.9 rebounds.

She was the only player in the association to average a double-double, leading all D-III independent players in rebounds.

Head coach Todd Kent said of her, “She’s a phenomenal basketball player, and I feel we’re just scratching the surface as to how good she can be.”

The 1-4 Banana Slugs, who lost to Willamette 78-70 in overtime, will try to get back on track at Whittier on Friday.

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