GREAT FALLS, Mont. – Lady Argo basketball has signed the second NCAA Division I transfer in program history, with a commitment from former University of Texas Rio Grande Valley forward Tristan Murphy. The talented post player out of Stanwood, Washington joins an already loaded 2017 Recruiting Class for Head Coach Bill Himmelberg, which includes talented incoming freshmen from Washington, Parker Esary, Elly Taske, and Emilee Maldonado.
“We are excited to have Tristan join us. She is going to make a big impact in our league. We graduated all of our post girls from last year, so she will give us some much-needed experience at the spot,” Himmelberg said. “She is a proven winner and on her visit, she fit in perfectly with our team. She will be a great presence, not only on the basketball court but also on our campus.”
Before signing with the University of Providence (formerly University of Great Falls), Murphy spent two years at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley where she started 14 games for the Vaqueros. As a sophomore with UTRGV, she twice led the team in rebounds and led the team in assists four times. She also tallied her first career double-double against Utah Valley and twice scored a career-high of 12 points against New Mexico State.
She was also was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Feast on the Border Classic in November after scoring a career high of 12 points against Prairie View A&M. Murphy started one game as a freshman and had arguably her best game of the season in the WAC Tournament Semifinals with 5 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 2 steals.
Himmelberg landed the NCAA Division I talent through his relationship with Murphy’s former AAU coach, Steve Kleese, who has been sending Himmelberg recruits for years. Murphy will be the third former member of Kleese’s Northwest Blazers AAU Club on the Lady Argo roster, with Maldonado and Teske both playing for the team this past year.
Before joining UTRVG, Murphy played for Stanwood High School, where the 6-1 forward earned All-Wesco Honorable Mention as a junior and First Team All-Wesco North Division as a sophomore. She ranked tenth in school history with eight career double-doubles and made the Washington State Tournament as a freshman and sophomore. Murphy will have two years left of eligibility with the Lady Argos.
The only other NCAA Division I transfer in program history was Jamie Young, who transferred to the Lady Argo program from South Dakota State during Himmelberg’s first year as head coach.