The Chicago Sky has re-signed Shay Murphy for the 2012 season, head coach and general manager Pokey Chatman announced Tuesday.
"She has the ability to score in multiple ways, enjoys the defensive end of the floor and will get her fair share of rebounds," said Chatman, who also praised Shay's energy and passion for the game. "Although she was limited due to injury last season, her impact was duly noted and I'm looking forward to having her back in Chicago."
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In 2011, Shay came off the bench for the Sky and was an instant scoring threat. Murphy was originally signed to a seven-day contract on July 25 and was later signed through the end of the season. Shay played in 10 games for the Sky averaging 9.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, and finished the season with the third best scoring average on the team.
Shay had four double-digit scoring games in 2011 with a career high against the Indiana Fever on Aug. 7, where she scored 21 points. On Aug. 23, against Atlanta Dream, Murphy sprained her thumb and missed the last seven games of the season.
Murphy, a 5-year veteran, was drafted by the Minnesota Lynx in the second round (15th overall) of the 2007 WNBA Draft and has played for Minnesota, Washington, Detroit, Indiana, and Chicago.