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Women’s basketball head coach Jon Kreiner will have the benefit of local product Maggie Murphy next season.
The 5’6″ shooting guard from Thunder Bay is a graduate of St. Ignatius and the Junior Wolves’ grassroots basketball program. Murphy spent the past two seasons with the St Thomas Tommies of the ACAA in Fredericton, NB.
Coach Jon Kreiner comments, “With the addition of Maggie we get a good shooter and defender. Maggie’s a tough-nosed on-ball defender that will take charges. She will also spread the floor with her outside shooting.”
Murphy was part of the Jr Wolves’ team that won a Minnesota Youth Amateur Sport Spring Championship and a U19 Junior Women Division 2 Championship in 2013. She also won three consecutive city and district Championships with the St. Ignatius Falcons, attending the OFSAA tournament in ’10, ’11 and ’12.
In her rookie season at St. Thomas University Maggie developed her skills and played an important role on a team that won the ACAA Championship on top of a silver medal at the CCAA National Championships. In her second year Maggie started several games and helped STU achieve a Top 2 national ranking. She has three years of eligibility remaining.
“I am excited to come home and play for Lakehead University and coach Kreiner,” says Murphy. “My past two years playing for coach Fred Connors at STU with a nationally ranked program have been great. Thanks to Coach Connors I can realize my goal of playing basketball at the CIS level. I am looking forward to the experience of playing in the Thunderdome and for the team I grew up watching. I’m excited to be a Thunderwolf. Coach Kreiner pushes his players to reach their potential, and I’m ready to work.”
St. Thomas University Head Coach Fred Connors remarks, “We were disappointed to learn of Maggie’s decision to return to Thunder Bay but we fully understand and respect the reasoning for her choice. Here at STU, Maggie showed a tremendous amount of hustle and desire to get better. She played an important role in our 2013-14 ACAA Championship and CCAA silver medal team. We wish Maggie the best in her student athlete career with Lakehead.”
About next season’s prospects, Coach Kreiner adds, “We’ve added the student-athletes that fit our needs. We lost three irreplaceable players from last year’s CIS Top 10 team, but return a young core that gained valuable experience through a strong playoff push.”
MAGGIE MURPHY FINAL YEAR ST. THOMAS STATISTICS
MINUTES: 20 min/game
SHOOTING: 31% FG, 24% 3FG, 64% FT