Both USF men’s and women got an excellent start to the 2021 year, with key victories and conference recognition. Caleb Murphy has now earned Freshman of the Week honors from the conference two weeks in a row. Meanwhile, Bethy Mununga has earned conference Co-Player of the Week honors for the first time in her career.
.@USFMBB's @thecalebmurphy1 repeats as #AmericanHoops Freshman of the Week after averaging 13.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists last week for the Bulls! pic.twitter.com/N7Xme8nlOW— American MBB (@American_MBB) January 4, 2021
Caleb Murphy averaged 13.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.0 assist, and 1.5 steals per game after splitting games against Memphis and C. Against Memphis, the star freshman went for a career high 20 points while adding four rebounds, three assist and two steals while getting an absolute posterization dunk in the process.
Here’s that Caleb Murphy poster dunk I freaked out over earlier. pic.twitter.com/ETvCWwvdIG— Brooks Hansen®️ (@brookshansen247) December 30, 2020
Against Central Florida, Murphy had a relatively quiet evening, getting seven points and one rebound leading to a 61-68 victory in the War on I-4. Murphy is the third bull to win back-to-back freshman of the week honors, joining Alexis Yetna and Chris Perry in the process. USF men’s basketball will return to action on Wednesday January 6th against Tulsa at 4 p.m. on ESPN+.
USF women’s basketball forward Bethy Mununga finally got the conference recognition she deserved this week, being named Co-Player of the Week along with Cincinnati’s Iimar’i Thomas. Mununga helped lead the Bulls to a 2-0 record last week with a 65-35 demolishing to Tulsa, and a 71-58 victory over East Carolina. She averaged 17 points and 14 rebounds per game in both contests.
Following an incredible 23-point, 21-rebound effort last week (the third performance of its kind in conference history), @USFWBB forward Bethy Mununga earned #AmericanHoops Co-Player of the Week accolades! pic.twitter.com/ZXr3IWuIKs— American WBB (@American_WBB) January 4, 2021
Against Tulsa, Mununga collected 11 points and seven rebounds, shooting 5-for-7 from the field. However, against ECU, Mununga went for a career high in points with 23, and a career high 21 rebounds. This 20-20 game was just the 8th performance in USF women’s basketball history, along with Mununga’s 13th career double double.
USF women’s basketball will look to remain perfect as they host Wichita State on January 6th at 7 p.m. on ESPN+
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