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    Former Wildcat Mary Murphy Joins Big Ten Network Women's Basketball Analyst Team

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Current Big Ten Network analyst Mary Murphy was a two-time team captain and Wade Trophy finalist for the Wildcats.
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    Current Big Ten Network analyst Mary Murphy was a two-time team captain and Wade Trophy finalist for the Wildcats.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Nov. 8, 2007

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Big Ten Network announced today that former Wildcat Mary Murphy, former Indiana assistant coach Vera Jones and former Purdue standout Stephanie White will be the leading analysts for Big Ten women's basketball this season.

    "The on-air talent for the Big Ten Network represents some of the best talent in the country," head coach Beth Combs said. "Mary, Stephanie and Vera know the game of basketball, understand the history and are great advocates for our game. Having a Wildcat in that mix adds to the excitement for Northwestern and is just another opportunity to attract attention on a national scale."

    The team of Murphy, Jones and White will provide analysis of Big Ten women's basketball, including the Monday night Big Ten Women's Show, which will precede the network's game of the week. Murphy will regularly handle game analysis on location during the Monday primetime telecasts, while Jones and White will provide coverage from the Big Ten Network headquarters in downtown Chicago.

    The Big Ten Network is slated to televise at least 10 Northwestern women's basketball games this season. The first Wildcat contest to be carried by the network will be on Nov. 28 when Northwestern hosts Wake Forest as part of the inaugural Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

    Murphy, a two-time team captain, played at Northwestern from 1977-80 and was a finalist for the Wade Trophy her senior season. Murphy served as an assistant coach at Notre Dame before spending eight years as the head coach at Wisconsin. In 1992, she led the Badgers to their first NCAA Tournament.

    Murphy was chosen as the first coach and general manager for the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs in 1997. Her broadcasting resume includes work for Fox Sports Net and ESPN on college basketball and WNBA telecasts.

    For more information, visit the Big Ten Network's website at www.bigtennetwork.com.