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Cheryl Miller, Usa
Miller long with the
and the McGhee twins (Paula and Pam) earned two NCAA Championships while at the
University of Southern California (1983, 1984) and during her four years
(1982-84, 1986), Cheryl led USC to an amazing 88% winning percentage (112-20). She was a member of the NCAA All-Tournament Team three times and was named NCAA Tournament MVP in 1983 and 1984. During her senior season, Miller picked up her third Naismith Award, the Broderick Award as the Female College Basketball Player of the Year, and established several USC records, including points (3,018, 23.6 PPG), rebounds (1,534, 12.0 rpg),
field goals made (1,159), free throws made (700) and steals (462).
At the international level, Miller guided the United States to a gold medal in the 1984 Olympic Games, and gold medals at the 1983 Pan American and 1986 Goodwill Games. In 1986, Miller became the first female ever nominated for the prestigious Sullivan Award, and in March of that year, USC retired her jersey, making Miller the first Trojan athlete to receive the honor.
Following a brief, but successful coaching stint at USC, Miller turned to broadcasting as an NBA studio analyst for TNT along with assorted national networks. For the past three seasons, she has been head coach of the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury, and in the 1998 season, led Phoenix to the WNBA Finals against eventual champion Houston which featured Sheryl Swoopes, Cynthia Cooper, Tina Thompson and Janeth Arcain.
Name: Cheryl Miller
Born: January 3, 1964
Status: Retired; Inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall-Of-Fame in 1995; Join Turner Sports/TNT as a analyst/reporter in September 1995; Named General Manager and coach of the Phoenix Mercury on January 1997
Origin: Riverside, California, USA
Schools: Riverside Polytechnic High School, University of Southern California
Teams (jersey): US National Team; USC
Ibn Notes: In my opinion, Cheryl Miller and Teresa Edwards are two of the most important American Women's basketball players ever. It's arguable about who should be on top, but it's very much like arguing whom one would pick - Magic or Bird?
Cheryl Miller started her astounding and groundbreaking women's basketball career at Riverside Polytechnic High School where she averaged a phenomenal 32.8 points and 15.0 rebounds throughout her four years, which included a game in which she scored an unfathomable 105 points in a game against Notre Vista in 1982. Miller coupled her dominating skills and athleticism into guiding Poly High to 132 wins and only 4 losses during Cheryl's four-year career. Because of her exploits, Cheryl Miller became the first basketball player ever, male or female, to be named a Parade All-American for four straight years. In Miller's career, there would be a lot of sentences that followed the same format. (From HoopHall.com) In 1986, Sports Illustrated named Miller the best male or female player in college basketball. In a spectacular career, Miller scored 3,018 career points -- second to Hall of Famer Carol Blazejowski -- and was a four-time All-America. Miller was named Naismith Player of the Year three times and earned the Wade Trophy once. (end ref)
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