By Ray Hamill — A couple of former Eureka Loggers enjoyed a big weekend on the college basketball courts, as they each continue to find their feet at the next level.
At UC Santa Cruz, Eureka’s Kaylee Murphy is enjoying an impressive start to her sophomore season, and was this week named American Collegiate Athletic Association women’s basketball player of the week.
Murphy had a pair of double-doubles for the Banana Slugs, who split two games at their own Thanksgiving Classic to go to 3-5, losing to Wheaton 73-70 and beating Birmingham Southern 81-69.
For the two games, Murphy finished with 28 points, 29 rebounds, 10 assists, five steals and five blocks.
For the season, Murphy leads the Division-III Santa Cruz women with 12.3 rebounds a game and is second in scoring with 13.8 points a game.
Early in her sophomore season, Murphy is already seventh all-time at the school in blocked shots and now has more than 300 career college rebounds.
Murphy wasn’t the only former Eureka standout to make some noise on the college courts over the weekend.
At Oregon Tech, 2019 Eureka graduate Makaila Napoleon appears to have wasted no time fitting in at the college level.
Napoleon had her best game yet for the Owls in a 70-29 win over Pacific Union over the weekend, scoring 21 points to go with five rebounds, three blocks and a steal.
Napoleon has seen playing time off the bench in eight of the nine Oregon Tech games and her minutes have increased over the past few games.
The former Logger nailed 8-of-9 shots from the field and was 4-of-5 at the free-throw line.
The NAIA program is 5-4 on the season.