Woman Crush Wednesday: Cheryl Miller

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Cheryl Miller


Let’s just face it, all male basketball fans just love a woman who can hold her own on the court as well. Sanaa Lathan was every guy’s dream soon after Love & Basketball came out. We all fantasized of having the type of relationship Quincy McCall and Monica Wright had. With that being said, some of the great Real-World basketball starlets just don’t get the proper recognition they deserve. Since many of us tease our social followers every Wednesday with our crushes, the good fellas at The Basketball Society bring to you our Women Crush Wednesdays… Basketball Style baby!! What’s better than this??

In the 80’s, well before he set his own trail as one of the most lethal shooting guards to ever lace em up, Reggie Miller was known simply as Cheryl’s little brother. Cheryl’s hardwood exploits are well known amongst hoops enthusiasts; most notably her 105 Point outbreak while lacing ’em up as a senior at Riverside Polytechnic High School in 1982. Cheryl scored an absurd California state record of 3405 points over the course of her All-American high school career. And she was just getting started… Miller would attend USC where she put together arguably the most impressive career of any woman in College Basketball history. She was a 4-time All-American, won two National Titles (’83, ’84), as well as being named Naismith Player of the Year 3 Times. Unfortunately for the general basketball world, She played in an era where the women’s game was not widely televised. Cheryl Miller wouldn’t stop there; she would lead Team USA to an Olympic Gold in 1984, Pan-Am Games Gold in 1983, and go on to be drafted in the USBL (Professional Men’s League BTW) in 1986. If it weren’t for injuries, who knows if Cheryl could’ve potentially tried to join her brother at the NBA level… She was that good.

Through all her exploits, the world was robbed of seeing Cheryl Miller perform at the highest level for women’s basketball. The WNBA was founded in 1996, well after her playing days were over. However she showcased her basketball brilliance through her coaching and analysis; she coached the Phoenix Mercury from 1997-2000, and has been a constant face on TNT. All these accolades pale in comparison to the general affect Cheryl Miller has had on the game of basketball as a whole. Arguably the greatest Women’s Basketball player ever, it’s safe to say plenty of today’s stars owe it to Cheryl for paving the way…

Our first WCW goes to none other than Naismith Hall of Famer: Cheryl Miller…
You GO GIRLLLLL (Martin Lawrence Voice)

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