Last year, Shay Murphy came off the bench for the Sky and was an instant threat when she stepped on the court, providing points and rebounds for the Sky when they needed them most.
Shay's energy and passion for the game will always net positive results, said coach Chatman. She has the ability to score in multiple ways, enjoys the defensive end of the floor and will get her fair share of rebounds. Although she was limited due to injury last season, her impact was duly noted and I'm looking forward to having her back in Chicago.
Murphy was signed by the Sky on July 25th, midway through the 2011 season. Shay played great throughout the second half of the season appearing in 10 games for the Sky in 2011 averaging 9.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, and finished the season with the third best scoring average on the team. In those 10 games, Murphy scored in double digits four times with a career high against the Indiana Fever on August 7th, where she scored 21 points, however, on August 23rd, against the Atlanta Dream, Murphy sprained her thumb causing her to miss the last seven games of the year.
Murphy began her tenure with the Sky when she signed a short-term contact on July 22, 2010 after being waived by the Indiana Fever on July 11. Shay played the final 11 games of the 2010 season averaging 5.1 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.
The 5-year veteran was drafted by the Minnesota Lynx in the second round (15th overall) of the 2007 WNBA Draft and has played for Minnesota, Washington, Detroit, Indiana, and Chicago. Murphy has averaged 4.9 points per game, 2.8 rebounds per game, and 0.7 assists per game in her WNBA career.
Shay played her college ball for the University of Southern California from 2003-2007. She finished at USC as the schools all-time leading 3-point scorer with 181 career 3-point field goals. Murphy finished in the top 10 in scoring, steals, and rebounds at USC and was named to the first team All-Pac-10 team in 2007.