Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Central Michigan women's basketball coach Sue Guevara has appointed a WNBA veteran and former Florida All-American to her staff as an assistant coach.
Murriel Page, who played professionally for 12 seasons, will join Guevara's staff for the 2017-18 season.
"I could not be happier and more excited for our players, for our program, and for our fans to add Murriel Page to our staff," said Guevara, who in March led the Chippewas to their first Mid-American Conference regular-season championship since 1985.
"She has been where our players aspire to be. She has played at the highest level, in the WNBA and overseas. "She's been an All-American, and she understands the work ethic it takes. She's passionate about the game, she's eager to continue to learn. I think she's going to fit in very, very nicely with our staff and with the culture that we have here. She's a great addition to our staff."
Page has spent the last seven years as an assistant at Florida, helping lead the Gators to five postseason appearances, including three trips to the NCAA Tournament (2012, '14 and '16).
She has coached several players who earned All-Southeastern Conference honors and two, Jennifer George and Ronni Williams, who were selected in the WNBA draft.
As a player at Florida, Page was twice named All-SEC First Team, and, in 1998, was an All-American, was a Naismith Player of the Year finalist, a Wade Trophy finalist, and was among the top vote getters for the Associated Press National Player of the Year Award.
She remains Florida's all-time scoring and rebounding leader.
Page was taken third overall by the Washington Mystics in the 1998 WNBA draft and is a member of that organization's hall of fame. She played 11 seasons in the WNBA, including stints with the Los Angeles Sparks and Phoenix Mercury, and twice finished as the league leader in field goal percentage. She also played professionally for several seasons in Spain, Italy and Brazil.