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Wednesday, June 6, 2012
40 greatest female athletes: Cheryl Miller


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."

Read the full story from espnW here.

Earlier in this series:
No. 40: Diver Fu Mingxia
No. 39: Jockey Julie Krone
No. 38: Gymnast Mary Lou Retton
No. 37: Hockey player Cammi Granato
No. 36: Soccer player Kristine Lilly
No. 35: Basketball player Diana Taurasi
No 34: Volleyball player Flo Hyman
No. 33: Soccer player Abby Wambach
No. 32: Swimmer Mary T. Meagher
No. 31: Marathoner Joan Benoit
No. 30: Sprinter Gail Devers
No. 29: Basketball player Nancy Lieberman
No. 28: Marathoner Grete Waitz
No. 27: Soccer player Michelle Akers
No. 26: Basketball player Chamique Holdsclaw
No. 25: Swimmer Dara Torres
No. 24: Golfer Nancy Lopez
No. 23: Swimmer Tracy Caulkins
No. 22: Soccer player Marta Vieira da Silva
No. 21: Tennis player Venus Williams
No. 20: Figure skater Michelle Kwan
No. 19: Skier Lindsey Vonn
No. 18: Softball player Lisa Fernandez
No. 17: Basketball player Ann Meyers Drysdale
No. 16: Basketball player Sheryl Swoopes
No. 15: Swimmer Janet Evans
No. 14: Figure skater Katarina Witt