Los Angeles Lakers: Magic Johnson and the 40 greatest L.A. sports athletes

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Number 10: Cheryl Miller

Considered to be the greatest women’s college basketball player of all-time Cheryl Miller Is a pioneer in the sport who helped elevate the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament to the national spotlight. Miller was a four-year starter for the USC Trojans and is still the all-time leader in points (3,018 23.6ppg) and rebounds (1,534 12.0rpg).

Miller was an All-American all four years she played winning the Naismith Award as the top college player three times. Miller led the Trojans to three NCAA title games winning back-to-back titles in 1983 and 1984, she was named the Most Outstanding Player of both tournaments.

During her college career, Miller was also a member of the U.S. Women’s Basketball team playing the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Miller led the team in points (16.5), rebound (7.0), and assists (4.2) on the way to an undefeated tournament and Olympic Gold.

Due to a severe knee injury after college Miller never played professionally but did go on to successful forays in coaching and broadcasting for the NBA and Olympic coverage. In 1995 Miller was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.