Sports, Women's Basketball

Murphy reaches 1,000 points

Miranda Murphy became the third member of the class of 2018 to reach 1,000 points, following teammates Katie and Kristie Sommer. – Marketing and Comm.

Miranda Murphy became the third member of the class of 2018 to join the 1,000 point club when she scored the first basket of the game on the road against the Luther Norse last Wednesday.

Murphy follows in the footsteps of twins Katie and Kristie Sommer, who both joined the 1,000 point club earlier in the season.

Reaching such a milestone is a feat in itself but having three girls in the same class reaching it is rarely heard of. Out of the 15 members of the club, three come from this year’s senior class.

“Honestly, I don’t know how many teams have three girls getting 1,000 points,” Kristie said. “It just shows how versatile we are as a team and how many weapons we have.”

Each girl has their own set of skills they used in order to have success.

Head coach Bob Amsberry said that Murphy, specifically, was a matchup nightmare for their opponents, as she can drive, shoot from long range and post up.

In addition, the Sommer twins are both threats in their own positions. Kristie holds records for most treys in a game, season and career, while Katie holds the career assist record.

Even with all the accolades, Katie said that the main focus is always on the team.

“Our goal in every game is just to win and we go in every game with that mentality,” Katie said. “Other things that come along with that are just side things as long as we’re getting wins.”

Amsberry claimed that the success of the team began with the example the senior class set. Kristie added that accountability is the main factor contributing to the team’s culture.

This year’s senior class has accomplished a lot during their tenure. The past two years they’ve qualified for the NCAA tournament, reaching the final four the 2015-2016 season.

This year’s team is currently ranked second in the country and is one of seven teams in all NCAA divisions, both men and women, to remain undefeated.

Katie sits at eighth best in all-time scorers, with Kristie at thirteenth and Murphy at fourteenth.

Katie added that while having three girls in the 1,000 point club may be rare, she isn’t surprised by it.

“We’re all offensive threats, we’re all talented. It’s really nice knowing that on any given day any of the starting five could go off for 20 points.”

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