Cheryl Miller was born on January 3, 1964, in Riverside, California. She is the older sister of Reggie Miller, who is also a Hall of Fame basketball player. Cheryl attended Riverside Polytechnic High School, where she was a three-time Parade All-American and led her team to the state championship in 1982. On Jan. 26, 1982, Cheryl Miller scored a remarkable 105 points in Riverside Poly’s 179-15 win over Riverside Norte Vista, setting a national record at the time.Miller’s national record was broken in 2006, when Epiphanny Prince of Murry Bergtraum High in New York scored 113 points. Miller’s point total remains a state record. Miller still is regarded by many experts to be the greatest female basketball player of all-time. (source)
After high school, Cheryl went on to play college basketball at the University of Southern California (USC). She was a four-time All-American and led the Trojans to two national championships in 1983 and 1984. She was also named the Naismith College Player of the Year in 1984 and 1985.
After college, Cheryl played professionally for the Athletes in Action touring team and the United States national team. She helped the U.S. win a gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, Miller suffered a career ending injury.
In 1991, Cheryl began her broadcasting career as a color commentator for the Los Angeles Clippers. She also worked as a studio analyst for ESPN and ABC. In 1997, she became the head coach of the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA. She led the Mercury to the WNBA Finals in 1999, but they lost to the Houston Comets.
Cheryl retired from coaching in 2000 and returned to broadcasting. She has worked for Turner Sports since 2001, where she is a studio analyst for NBA games on TNT. She is also a regular contributor to NBA TV.
Cheryl Miller is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. She is considered one of the greatest women’s basketball players of all time.