|#10 Murriel Page
Murriel (MUR-ee-el) Page was named first team All-American by Kodak, Women's Basketball Journal, Women's Basketball News Service, The Sporting News and U.S. Basketball Writers Association & second team by Associated Press... earned first team All-Southeastern Conference for the second consecutive year, and was one of three players who was a unanimous selection on the 1998 squad (with Tennessee's Chamique Holdsclaw & Alabama's Dominique Canty)... was a finalist for the 1998 Naismith Player of the Year... finalist for the 1998 Wade Trophy... among vote getters for the 1998 AP National Player of the Year... one of six finalists for the Honda Award for Basketball, the first-ever Lady Gator to reach this stage of the award... her 12.6 rebound average per game during her senior year ranked No. 2 nationally (behind Howard's Alicia Hill, 12.8 rpg)... participated in the inaugural WBCA Honda Senior All-Star Challenge game... frequently called "LA" by teammates (her full name is La Murriel)... unselfish player with the ability to find the open teammate... first down the floor on fast breaks... one of the quicker post players in the country... relished the role of the rebounder, passer, high-post shooter or whatever was needed... aside from scoring and rebounding, Page contributed the intangibles, firing the team up emotionally after a made basket or solid defense play... was the third overall pick in the WNBA draft, selected by the Washington Mystics on April 29, 1998.
Also worth noting... Page concluded her career with numbers of 1,915 points and 1,251 rebounds... she ranked No. 1 at UF for career double-doubles (65), No. 1 for games played (128), No. 2 all-time at UF for rebounding, No. 2 at UF for scoring and No. 2 at UF for career field goal percentage (55.0%)... No. 6 all-time in SEC history for rebounding, just 21 behind the 1,272 by Vanderbilt's Wendy Scholtens... had 103 double-figure scoring games & 67 double-figure rebounding games... UF was 92-36 during her four-year career, won at least 21 games each of those seasons, reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA twice, the NCAA Elite Eight once and earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament every year... signed a contract to play pro basketball with the WNBA on April 22.
As a Senior (1997-98) UF's All-American continued the Lady Gator tradition of outstanding post players... led UF with 23 points in the NCAA second round win over Virginia Tech... named first team All-American by Kodak, The Sporting News, Women's Basketball Journal, Women's Basketball News Service and by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association... one of three players selected unanimously by the league coaches as a first team All-SEC performer... recorded 27 double-doubles this season, the top total in the nation, according to an unofficial poll conducted by Shawn Robinson of the Mid-American Conference... broke Quientella Bonner's 17-year-old record of 58 career double-doubles when she tallied 19 points with 11 rebounds versus Ole Miss (Feb. 8)... set UF's record for double-doubles in a season (old record was 21) and consecutive double-doubles (was 10)... ranked among the top three in scoring (3rd), rebounding (1st) and field goal percentage (2nd) in the SEC standings... averaged four more rebounds per game than the next best individual rebounder in the SEC!... led the SEC in rebounding for the second straight year and became only the third player in league history to claim a pair of rebounding titles (Vanderbilt's Wendy Scholtens led the conference from 1989-91 and Kentucky's Valerie Still from 1980-82)... had the finest statistical season of any senior in the history of Lady Gator Basketball (previous scoring average for a senior was 18.9 ppg by Merlakia Jones & rebound avg. was 10.3 by Quientella Bonner)... sixth leading vote-getter for the Naismith Player of the Year... two-time SEC Player of the Week (Jan. 19 & Feb. 2)... snagged a career-high 22 rebounds against South Carolina (Jan. 17), when she also tallied 19 points... the 19 rebounds she had against Arkansas (Feb. 5) was the same number of rebounds collected by the entire Lady Razorback team... collected her 1,000th career rebound with 7:35 remaining in the game versus Hampton (Dec. 30), becoming only the third Lady Gator to top the 1,000 plateau for both points and rebounds... started her 100th career game at Vanderbilt (Feb. 1)... snared a career-high 22 rebounds in the win over South Carolina (Jan. 17)... scored UF's first 16 points of the game in the win over Texas (Nov. 25), when she also grabbed a then-career high 20 rebounds... voted MVP of the State Farm Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic, leading UF to the 68-48 win over No. 5 North Carolina... named MVP of the State Farm Classic (Dec. 29) and MVP of the Dial Classic/Florida Four (Nov. 21)... Summer 1997 Led the U.S. Jones Cup team to a silver medal in Taiwan, averaging a team-high 14.7 points & 6.6 rebound per game, while connecting on 90.6% (29-32) from the free throw line... invited to tryout in September for the U.S. World Championship team... remained in Gainesville before traveling to international competition.
As a Junior (1996-97) Earned honorable mention all-America honors by the Associated Press & by Basketball Times... named first team All-Southeastern Conference by coaches & second team All-SEC by media... only SEC player to average a double-double... sizzled in the NCAA Championship, averaging 18.8 points and 11.8 rebounds while shooting 62.3-percent from the floor during the four-game span... led the league in rebounding (10.3 pg), while ranking fourth in field goal percentage (54.3%) and 11th in scoring (15.8 pg)... led UF with 17 double-doubles... tied her career-high of 35 points on 14-of-18 shooing in the NCAA second round game versus Southern Cal, while grabbing 16 rebounds... named to Cathy Andruzzi's All-Blue Collar team... scored a then-career-high 35 points with 13 rebounds against Alabama (Feb. 16)... carried the load inside in the victory at Ole Miss, with 13 points and 11 rebounds... one-half of Florida's touted "Twin Towers" with senior DeLisha Milton... scored eight of UF's 15 overtime points in the win at Arkansas (Feb. 2)... also in the overtime, she topped the 303 point mark for the season - her scoring then surpassed the total population of her hometown of Louin, Miss. (how many players have done that in a season?) ... one of three Gators to score in every game... became the 11th Lady Gator to reach the 1,000-career point mark with her sixth of 14 points vs. Auburn... named to the all-tournament team in four of the five events UF played, including MVP honors of the SWT Classic.
As a Sophomore (1995-96) Earned second team All-SEC honors... among vote-getters for the Associated Press National Player of the Year... averaged 16.9 points and 11.3 rebounds over the final 10 games... led Lady Gators in rebounding and field goal percentage... SEC all-games rankings included rebounding (tied-third) and field goal percentage (11th)... one of three players to start every game... had a phenomenal SEC Tournament, averaging a team-leading 16.7 points and 11.3 rebounds during the three games which included a pair of double-doubles: 23 points & 13 rebounds vs. South Carolina and 17 points & 17 rebounds vs. No. 4 Tennessee... played all 40 minutes against Rutgers and Alabama... earned SEC Player of the Week honors (Feb. 12) after scoring 19 points with a career-high 18 rebounds in the upset win over No. 17 Ole Miss... developed almost "Rodman-like" rebounding skills during the second-half of the season when she compiled seven consecutive double-figure rebounding games... contributed a career-high 28 points with 17 rebounds vs. Central Florida (Jan. 9)... wrapped up the regular season with a 27-point performance at Florida State (Feb. 26) on 12-of-18 shooting... recognized as the MVP of the Rutgers' Brother International Holiday Tournament (Dec. 10)... named to the All-Tournament team of the Lady Gator Classic (Dec. 30)... led team with 14 double-doubles.
As a Freshman (1994-95) 1995 SEC All-Freshman selection... saw action in all 33 games with 16 starts... averaged 10.6 ppg. and 7.2 rpg... second on the team in rebounding and fourth in scoring... scored in double-figures 18 times, including three games of 20 or more... six double-doubles... led the team in rebounding in 11 games and scoring in three games... improved career-high rebound mark seven times during initial season... finished 10th in the conference in rebounding while posting two of the top-10 individual game rebounding performances in the SEC... shot 61.4% from the field, the second-best mark in school history, a percentage that would rank among the top-15 in the nation but failed to qualify for the minimum NCAA standard (5 FGM per game) by 14 total field goals... mark of 59.8% from the field in SEC play ranked second in the conference... celebrated SEC All-Freshman selection with a double-double in the first round of the SEC Tournament, recording 14 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, the third-best rebounding performance of the year in SEC play... career-high 24-point effort in starting role at Arkansas in full 40 minutes of action... earned the Most Improved Award at the team awards banquet.
High School Averaged 21.8 ppg and 14.7 rpg during senior year at Bay Springs High School before suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament and cartilage damage in left knee, which ended her season... led team to a 14-2 record before her injury, while the team dropped 12 of the final 14 games without her presence... Street & Smith's Sixth Team All-America selection... Orlando Sentinel All-Southern Team member... member of Clarion Ledger Dandy Dozen in both 1993 and 1994... established three career school records: defensive rebounds (825), offensive rebounds (664) and total rebounds (1,489)... led team to back-to-back state championships in 1991-92... coached by R.E. Lopez... won the state high jump championship twice (1992-93) and the state long jump title in 1993.
|Page in the UF Record Book...|
|1st||Free Throws attempted (543)|
|1st||Games played (128)|
|2nd||Field Goal percentage (55.0%)|
|2nd||Free Throws made (334)|
|2nd||Games started (111)|
|4th||Rebound average (9.8)|
|4th||Field Goals made (790)|
|4th||Field Goals attempted (1,437)|
|7th||Scoring average (15.0)|
|1st||Rebounds (402 in 1998)|
|1st||Defensive rebounds (271 in 1998)|
|1st||Double-Doubles (27 in 1998)|
|2nd||Minutes played (1,120 in 1998)|
|2nd||Field Goals made (253 in 1998)|
|2nd||Field Goal percentage (.614 in 1995)|
|3rd||Scoring (612 in 1998)|
|3rd||Free Throws made (105 in 1998)|
|3rd||Minutes played (1035 in 1997)|
|4th||Free Throws attempted (156 in 1998)|
|4th||Scoring average (19.1 in 1998)|
|4th||Field Goal Percentage (.571 in 1998)|
|5th||Rebound average (12.6 in 1998)|
|5th||Field Goals attempted (443 in 1998)|
|5th||Scoring (522 in 1997)|
|6th||Rebounds (339 in 1997)|
|7th||Free Throws made (94 in 1997)|
|7th||Field goals made (214 in 1997)|
|8th||Free Throws attempted (140 in 1996)|
|9th||Rebound average (10.3 in 1997)|
|7th||Points (35, twice in 1997)|
|t-8th||Free Throws (11 vs. Alabama, 2-16-97)|
|8th||Free Throws attempted (14 vs. Alabama, 2-16-97)|
|1st||Consecutive double-doubles (13 in 1998)|
|4th||Consecutive double-doubles (8 in 1998)|
|Murriel Page's Career Stats|