Southeast Missouri State University women’s basketball player Adrianna Murphy told the University’s Board of Regents today that “being a student athlete means valuing “integrity, hard work and togetherness,” qualities she says all student athletes on campus should represent.
“Southeast student athletes work extremely hard, devote so much time, and even overtime, to their academics, sports and each other,” she said. “We support one another, especially women’s athletics. We go above and beyond to support and encourage each other toward success.”
Murphy’s presentation continues University President Carlos Vargas’ priority of providing a forum for selected students to share their perspective and experiences directly with the Board of Regents. Murphy is the women’s basketball team captain and a junior point guard from Fishers, Indiana, where she earned 12 varsity letters, the most in Fishers High School history. At Southeast, she is majoring in mass communication, public relations option, with a minor in sports management.
Murphy says she chose Southeast for the opportunity to play basketball in a supportive and invested community with a great coaching staff that envisioned success for her both on and off the court. She also liked the welcoming feel of the campus and the Cape Girardeau community. Since joining Southeast, she has found all of that and then some.
“During my time at Southeast I have grown through maturity, time management, and learned how to face and conquer adversity, whether that’s with sports, academics or even life,” she said. “Being on my own as a college student and having so many resources and mentors around campus has greatly assisted in my growth.”
She credits Rekha Patterson, Southeast head women’s basketball coach, as her most valued mentor on campus.
“Our relationship goes beyond the basketball court. With me being a few hours away from home, she is my mentor and acts as my mom away from home,” Murphy said. “She pushes me every day to be the best student, athlete and person that I can be. I know I can count on her for anything and to be there for me when I hit adversity.”
In the 2015-2016 season, she was the top10 single season assist leader two times, and in 2016, she was honored with the Hustle Award, Playmaker Award and Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Off the court, she is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and has invested her time in numerous community service projects and organizations, including Feed My Starving Children, the Salvation Army, Patriots Day United Way event, Junior Achievement and the Walk for Women. She points to her becoming a member of the Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll as her greatest achievement at Southeast.
This past summer, she had the opportunity to explore her interest in sports management in an internship with River Radio Sports Director Erik Sean in Cape Girardeau.
“My life-long dream that I am constantly working towards is to become a professional women’s basketball player after graduation either in the WNBA or playing overseas,” Murphy said. “Playing professional basketball has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid; the passion and love I have for the game of basketball is second to none.”
She also has a back-up plan.
“If for some reason I do not get the opportunity to live out my dream I would like to be able to use my degree in mass communications-public relations to work closely with sports as well as sports teams as a public relations representative.”
Murphy expects to graduate from Southeast in 2019.