Murphy named Banana Slugs Athlete of the Year


UC Santa Cruz Athletics

By Ray Hamill — Former Eureka High standout Kaylee Murphy has been named UC Santa Cruz’s Female Student Athlete of the Year after an outstanding winter on the basketball court.

Murphy has been hugely influential for the Banana Slugs in her two years with the program, setting school records for most rebounds in a single season in each of her freshman and sophomore campaigns.

And that success has not gone unnoticed, with the athletic department honoring her as their athlete of the year earlier this week.

The award is just the latest for the 2018 Eureka graduate, who was also named American Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Year, as well as earning a spot on the Division-III All-West Region third team.

This past winter Murphy led the Banana Slugs with 13.2 points a game, while smashing her own school record for most rebounds in a single season with 319.

Her 12.3 boards a game was 13th best in the nation, while she also had 13 double-doubles.

In addition, her team-best 3.1 assists a game shows her overall influence on the team.

The Banana Slugs finished the year 14-12.

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