Cheryl Miller

©University of Southern California Athletics. Cheryl Miller was Head Coach at USC pictures of basketball.

Position: Forward

One member of the basketball-playing Miller family has a home in the Hall of Fame, and it isn't fast-talking Reggie; older sister Cheryl Miller beat him to the punch when she was inducted in 1995.


Cheryl was the first woman to dunk in organized play, a four-time college All-American and three-time national Player of the Year, and a member of the 1984 gold medal-winning Olympic team.

A 6'3", 150-pound guard and forward, Miller excelled in nearly every facet of the game, from scoring (she once had 105 points in a high school game) to rebounding (12.0 per game in college) to passing to defense. Jet magazine called her "the ultimate women's basketball innovator...she was one of the first women to play the guard position with the agility, quickness, and versatility of her male counterparts."

Born January 3, 1964, in Riverside, California, Miller was the middle child of five in a family that thrived on sports. Her older brother Darrell played baseball in the major leagues, and Reggie made it big in the NBA. Cheryl dominated high school competition, shattering virtually every state scoring record, including highest average in a season (37.5 points a game).

In 1982, she scored 105 points against Notre Vista High School in a 179-15 Riverside victory. Midway through the game, she threw down a one-handed dunk. No woman had ever dunked in a game before. At the University of Southern California, Miller led the Women of Troy to national championships her freshman and sophomore seasons, and she played in the championship game her senior season.

In 1986, she became the first woman to be nominated for the Sullivan Award, given to the nation's top amateur athlete. She scored 3,018 points at USC and had her jersey number retired, a first for any basketball player, male or female, at the school. Miller suffered a knee injury in a 1987 pickup game, then endured another knee injury at the 1988 Olympic trials, forcing her to retire from the game at age 24.

She returned to her alma mater as head coach in 1993, stayed two seasons, then left to continue a career in broadcasting.


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