This archived article was written by: Rachel Scoggins
Maddy Murphy is a five- four-inch freshman from Salt Lake City. She graduated from West High School and received an IB diploma and an honors diploma when she graduated. In high school she was a two-time basketball MVP, and played basketball, softball, soccer and participated in track. She was the point guard in basketball, goalie for soccer, shortstop and center fielder for softball, and she did the 4×100, javelin and long jump in track.
Murphy has three sisters, one is her twin and the other two are younger. She has two dogs, both are labs. She enjoys camping, hiking and biking. Mainly she likes doing anything that involves the outdoors. “My family loves going to Moab and hiking in all different national and state parks.” Her favorite food is anything she can eat, her favorite drinks are smoothies and her favorite movie is “Pitch Perfect.”
She came to USU Eastern because of the basketball program. Murphy thinks that basketball for the college is a lot different than high school because the season is longer and more intense. The game is much faster and the players are more skilled which makes for a better challenge plus it is more fun. She loves the style of basketball she learned from head coach Dave Paur because it is entertaining and fast paced. “The basketball season has been great so far.” As a team, she believes that they are all close and when the team goes to Region 18 tournament, they have a very good chance at making it to the National Tournament.
What Murphy likes about USU Eastern is having her own room in Sessions Hall. She also likes being more independent because she is far from home. A real benefit is that she has met tons of amazing people that have made the transition to college easier. She plans on returning to USU-Eastern next year to finish her second year playing ball and to graduate with her associate’s degree.
Her favorite quote is, “Smile not because everything is alright, but because everything sucks and you are doing just fine.”