- Murriel Page
Murriel Page at a Glance:
University of Florida, Assistant Coach – 2015-16 is her sixth year (August 2010 – present)
- With fellow coach Shimmy Gray-Miller, oversees the development of the posts
- Oversees the recruitment of international players
- Assists in all aspects of recruiting and opponent game scouts
- Like the other Gator assistant coaches, will head an academic team which is comprised of current squad members who report directly to her with progress of their classroom endeavors, supplementing the attention each player receives from Judy Traveis, the Gators’ academic advisor.
- Helped the Gators earn four postseason appearances: NCAA Appearances: 2012 & 2014; WNIT Appearances: 2011 & 2013
- Individual Gator post players honors under Page’s tutelage: First Team All-SEC: Jennifer George (2012); SEC All-Freshman Team: Ronni Williams (2014) and Haley Lorenzen (2015); 2012 Olympian Azania Stewart
Professional Basketball Experience – 12-Year Career (1998-2010)
- 12-year career as a professional player, 11 in the WNBA (1998-2010)
- Voted by the fans to the WNBA’s Washington Mystics All-Time Team (July 2012)
- Shortly upon graduating, Page was the third overall pick in the 1998 WNBA draft, as she became the Washington Mystics’ first-ever draft selection in franchise history
- Voted Mystics team captain from 2000-05
- In March of 2006, “The Original Mystic” was traded prior to Los Angeles, where she was reunited with former Gator frontcourt mate DeLisha Milton-Jones.
- Page played with the Sparks for three years and had signed a contract to play with the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury for the 2009 season, but tore her Achilles tendon on the final day of training camp and was unable to play.
- In 11 WNBA seasons, Page appeared in 354 games, earning 205 starts, while scoring 2,154 points and collecting 1,603 rebounds.
- Earned the 1999 and 2000 WNBA Bud Light Shooting Champions Award for leading the league in field goal percentage
- During the WNBA off-season, Page suited up for a number of different professional teams in Spain, including Soller from 2008-10, Baloncesto San Jose in 2007-08, with Hondarribia in 2003-04, 2005-07, Ros Casares in 2004-05 and 2001-02; Venezia in Italy in 2002-03 and Mangueira in Brazil in 2000.
College Playing Career, University of Florida (1994-1998)
- Inducted into UF’s Athletic Hall of Fame on April 17, 2009
- First Team All-Southeastern Conference in 1997 and 1998, and was one of three players who was a unanimous selection on the 1998 squad (with Tennessee's Chamique Holdsclaw & Alabama's Dominique Canty).
- Finalist for the 1998 Naismith Player of the Year
- Finalist for the 1998 Wade Trophy
- Among the top vote getters for the 1998 AP National Player of the Year
- One of six finalists for the Honda Award for Basketball, the first-ever 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).
- Concluded her collegiate career with 1,915 points and 1,251 rebounds, both of which remain the top two numbers in those respective categories all-time in Gator history.
- Upon graduation, 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
- Totaled 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.
- Education: University of Florida (B.S. in Sports Management, 1998)
- Hometown:Louin, Mississippi