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Basketball season opening tournament named after BCTC's Donna Murphy, Kentucky's first Miss Basketball

LEXINGTON, Ky. (November 1, 2016) Donna Murphy, who is a current professor at Bluegrass photo of Donna Murphy from when she played basketballCommunity and Technical College (BCTC), and Kentucky's first Miss Basketball (1976), will be honored by Morehead State, her alma mater, by having the women's basketball season opening home tournament named The Donna Murphy Classic.

The four-game event features Morehead State, Georgia State, Eastern Michigan and Alice Lloyd, starting Friday, Nov. 11 at 5:30 p.m. in Johnson Arena with Morehead State taking on Georgia State.

Murphy, who played basketball at Newport High School from 1972-76, went on to become an All-American. During her senior year she was named Miss Basketball, averaging 35 points and 20 rebounds. She was awarded the Ted Sanford Award for being named the MVP of the 1975 Kentucky state tournament after she scored 67 points and grabbed 50 rebounds in two games.

She was also the State AA high jump champion in 1974 and named All-Region in volleyball before graduating fifth in her class. As a highly recruited student-athlete, she chose to attend Morehead State University and graduated magna cum laude twice, with a bachelors degree in Communications/Journalism with teacher certification, and a MHE in Counseling.

Murphy remains a highly decorated high school and college student-athlete and a member of eleven Hall of Fames, including the Kentucky Basketball Hall of Fame. She was also the first female student-athlete to have her jersey retired at Morehead State University and Newport High School. Murphy was the first forward drafted in the Women's Professional Basketball League in 1980 and went on to play for the St. Louis Streak.

After her playing career, she transitioned to coaching. She has held coaching positions at the collegiate level and also coached Pro-Am, high school, middle school, AAU and Exposure basketball. Murphy is director of the Diversity Outreach Services and Intramural Sports department at BCTC. In her free time, she is a basketball skills trainer plus coaches middle school girls basketball for Fayette County Public Schools.