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Murphy earns postseason honor at UWGB

Karly Murphy

Karly Murphy of River Falls is one of four members of the UW-Green Bay women's basketball team to earn spots on All-Horizon League teams for the 2017-18 season.

Murphy, a 2016 River Falls High School graduate and redshirt freshman at UWGB, was named to the Horizon League All-Freshman Team. She started 28 of Green Bay's 29 games entering last week's Horizon League tournament, averaging 8.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. The 6-foot, 1-inch forward shot 49.5 percent from the field this season, second on the team.

Murphy earned Horizon League Freshman of the Week honors twice this year, following her first career double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds in Green Bay's 63-55 win over Marquette Dec. 2, and after scoring a career-best 18 points in UWGB's 72-40 win over Bradley Dec. 16. She was also featured on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays of the Day for a halftime buzzer beater from the opposite three-point line in that game.

Murphy was a two-time Big Rivers Conference Player of the Year and two-time Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All-State selection at River Falls High School in 2015-16. She surpassed both 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in her high school career and led the Wildcats to their first-ever WIAA State Tournament appearance in 2015.

UWGB captured its fourth straight Horizon League title with a 62-44 victory over Wright State Tuesday, March 6, in the Horizon League Tournament championship game to solidify its appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time in the past 10 seasons.

Green Bay ran away with its 20th-straight Horizon League regular season championship and finished with a three-game lead in the final standings at 16-2. In recognition of its dominant campaign, the Phoenix also finished with the highest number of athletes honored by the league's postseason awards.

In addition to Murphy, senior Jessica Lindstrom of Superior and senior Allie LeClaire were named to the All-Horizon League first team and junior Jen Wellnitz was named to the all-defensive team.

Bob Burrows

Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.

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