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Lisa Murphy has missed just 55 shots in 18 games, helping Carnegie Mellon jump out to a 13-0 start to the season. 
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If it weren’t for social media, Carnegie Mellon junior forward Lisa Murphy might not know she currently leads Division III in scoring and field-goal percentage. If she had her way, she would continue to silently devour the competition, have fun with her teammates and eat plenty of chocolate, her favorite food.

“I don’t pay attention to (the statistics),” Murphy said. “I am pretty introverted and don’t like a lot of attention. I mean, a lot of people tell me things, so I am aware. It’s just so humbling and I am grateful. I hate attention because my focus is helping my team win games. I love the game because it’s fun.”

Murphy is enjoying the best of both worlds.

Averaging 24.3 points per game, Murphy has helped the Tartans to a 14-4 start to the season following Sunday’s 66-60 road win against Brandeis that halted a four-game losing streak. She also has the best field goal percentage in the nation. Murphy has made an insane 75.6 percent of her shots this season while missing 55 times.

Making her videogame-like numbers more remarkable is Murphy is constantly double and tripled team when she gets the ball, which is perfectly fine with her. Since the Tartans are balanced with Jackie Hudapohl (14.5 points per game), Lindsey Poss (12.9) and Liz Otto (11.8) averaging double figures, Murphy is more than content to pass the ball to one of her teammates and let them dissect opponents. Freshman Jenn Mayberger is 18th nationally in assists (5.6 per game).

In the win over Brandeis, Murphy scored 15 of her game-high 17 points in the second half. She made all six of her shots from the floor and five from the charity stripe. She also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds to record her 10th double-double of the season. Otto finished with 16 points while Poss chipped in with 15.

“She’s just gotten better at understanding how to play against double teams every night,” Carnegie Mellon coach Jacquie Hullah said. “Lisa has always had really solid back to the basket moves. She’s in great shape and is really tenacious on the boards. She’s a very unselfish player and it’s been fun to see how her confidence has grown with experience.”

Since she sprints the floor like a greyhound, Murphy gets plenty of points in transition before teams can set their defenses. She has a smorgasbord of moves around the basket that leaves defenders...

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Rob Knox

A former Division III Sports Information Director at Lincoln University, Rob Knox also worked at Coppin State, ESPN, Kutztown and at the Delaware County Daily Times. Knox is currently the CoSIDA Third Vice-President. He was inducted into the Lincoln University Athletics Hall of Fame, named the CoSIDA Rising Star Award College Division winner and won three writing awards for various game stories including the 2007 D-III sectional triple-OT game between Guilford and Lincoln. In the past, he has also written articles for SLAM magazine and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He is a die-hard Philadelphia sports fan, a graduate of Lincoln and is from Chester, Pa.
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