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40 greatest female athletes: Cheryl Miller

6/6/2012
"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." Rick Stewart/Getty Images

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