Wednesday, June 6, 2012
40 greatest female athletes: Cheryl Miller
"Cheryl came to college as sound as any player I've ever coached," former USC coach Linda Sharp says. "I first saw her play in seventh grade, and I knew she was going to be great."
ESPN is marking the 40th anniversary of Title IX by unveiling the top 40 female athletes of the past 40 years.
As a senior at Riverside Poly (Riverside, Calif.) Cheryl Miller scored 105 points in a single game.
In college at USC, the 6-foot-2 forward won NCAA titles in her freshman and sophomore seasons and earned the tournament's Most Outstanding Player award both times.
At the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, the No. 13 woman in ESPN's countdown was a big reason the U.S. won gold.
Today, Miller is enshrined in the Naismith Hall of Fame and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.
"I know her story," says Maya Moore, who won two NCAA titles at UConn before becoming the WNBA's reigning Rookie of the Year. "She was super-athletic. People marveled at her. She's got credibility -- a legend of the game."