Casey's Meagen Murphy will play for Campbellsville

October 23, 2003|JILL ERWIN

LIBERTY - Meagan Murphy started to have doubts about her college basketball career after she tore her anterior cruciate ligament this summer, but Campbellsville University never had any doubts about her.

That faith in Murphy and the faith she sees in the Christian-based Campbellsville made it a perfect fit. The Casey County senior signed a national letter-of-intent to play for the NAIA school Wednesday.

Murphy figured that she wouldn't play in college after her knee injury. But she said the Campbellsville coaches never made it seem like a big deal.

"When I first got hurt, I thought I probably wouldn't be playing after high school because colleges don't want someone with a bum knee," Murphy said. "The coaches made me feel that I'd be OK and that I'd fit in there."


Her injury has also helped set her mind as far as a future vocation.

Murphy said she has always been interested in physical therapy, but going through the rehabilitation process has made her appreciate it even more.

"It was great seeing the therapists and how they interact with their patients," Murphy said. "I just really want to help people rehabilitate when they have an injury of any kind, not just athletic."

Murphy said her doctor has told her she's a bit ahead of schedule and she should return to the Rebels around the end of January.

Murphy led the Rebels in scoring last year with 15.8 points a game and grabbed 6.9 rebounds a game. She also shot 50.2 percent from the field and 67.3 percent from the free throw line.

She said she was also considering Georgetown College, Franklin (Ind.) College, and the College of Wooster (Ohio).

Murphy said the proximity of Campbellsville to her home in Liberty and the fact it is a Christian school made it an easy choice for her.

"It's a Christian college and that really helped in the decision," Murphy said. "The people are so nice, they try to make you feel welcome and just feel like they genuinely wanted you to come there.

"Their basketball program runs a style I like, fast-paced, up and down the floor. There's a really good coach-to-athlete relationship. Off the court they were laid-back and conversational with the girls. It was a big family atmosphere and I really liked that."

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