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Sky Re-Sign Explosive Guard Shay Murphy

February 7, 2012 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) - Chicago Sky News Release

CHICAGO, Feb. 7, 2012 - Chicago Sky Head Coach and General Manager Pokey Chatman announced today that the team has re-signed Shay Murphy for the 2012 season. Per team policy, Terms of the contract have not been released.

"Shay's energy and passion for the game will always have net positive results for the Sky," 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."

In 2011, Shay came off the bench for the Sky and was an instant threat when she stepped on the court, providing points for the Sky when they needed them most. Murphy was originally signed to a seven day contract on July 25 and was later signed through the end of the season. Shay played in 10 games for the Sky averaging 9.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, and finished the season with the third best scoring average on the team. She had four double digit scoring games in 2011 with a career high against the Indiana Fever on August 7, where she scored 21 points. On August 23, against Atlanta Dream, Murphy sprained her thumb and missed the last seven games of the season.

Murphy also signed a short term contact with the Chicago Sky on July 22, 2010 after being waived by the Indiana Fever on July 11. Shay played the final 11 games of the season and averaged 5.1 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.

Murphy, a 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, 2.8 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game in her WNBA career.

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