Jill Barta Named To 2018 Cheryl Miller Award Watch List
Nov. 8, 2017

Parts of this release courtesy of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Jill Barta has been named one of 20 national candidates for the 2018 Cheryl Miller Award. Named after the three-time Naismith Player of the Year, the annual award in its inaugural year recognizes the top small forwards in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced today.

Barta, redshirt junior, had 16 points on five-of-10 shooting in the exhibition game against Northwest Christian. She added seven rebounds and two steals. Barta, a two-time First Team All-WCC and a WCC All-Freshman team selection, received her second-straight Preseason All-WCC nod this year. Last season, she led team averaging 16.8 points per game, fourth in the league and 92nd in the NCAA, while averaged six rebounds per game, 13th in the WCC. Barta scored a career-high 37 points against Saint Mary’s in WCC Championship, breaking the tournament record and the second most in GU single-game history. She scored 20+ points 11 times and 30+ points twice. She was the WCC Tournament MVP and WCC All-Tournament. She is only the third Zag in program history to be named First Team All-WCC her first two seasons and only the second sophomore to score 1000 points.

Barta and UCLA forward Kennedy Burke are the only players from the West region selected.

“Cheryl Miller was an unstoppable force on the court, legendarily scoring more than one hundred points in a single high school game,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “At USC, Cheryl continued her dominance winning two NCAA Championships. When it comes to small forwards, no one has done it better and the young women recognized on this list should be honored to be associated with one of the game’s all-time greats.”

The Selection Committee for the Cheryl Miller Award is composed of top women’s college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers. By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players for the 2018 Cheryl Miller Award will be narrowed to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Ms. Miller and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. Fans will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite finalist at www.hoophallawards.com.

The winner of the 2018 Cheryl Miller Small Forward Award will be announced during ESPN2’s telecast of the national semifinal games in the 2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four in Columbus, Ohio on Friday, March 30. Additional awards being presented include the Nancy Lieberman Point Guard Award, the Ann Meyers Drysdale Shooting Guard Award, the Katrina McClain Power Forward Award, and the Lisa Leslie Center Award, as well as the Wade Trophy, the sport’s oldest and most prestigious national player of the year award.

“I’m so excited to see the Basketball Hall of Fame expanding their portfolio of awards and recognizing the best athletes in the women’s college game today,” said Cheryl Miller, a 1995 inductee of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “I’m honored to represent this award for small forwards and can’t wait to see these student-athletes take the court.”

For more information on the 2018 Cheryl Miller Award, visit www.hoophallawards.com.

2018 Cheryl Miller Award Candidates
Hannah Cook | Alabama
Gabby Williams | Connecticut
Shakayla Thomas | Florida St.
Jill Barta | Gonzaga
Amanda Cahill | Indiana
Bridget Carleton | Iowa St
Raigyne Louis | LSU
Erika Davenport | Marquette
Brianna Fraser | Maryland
Branndais Agee | Michigan St
Sophie Cunningham | Missouri
Liza Fruendt | Missouri St.
Stephanie Mavunga | Ohio State
Maddie Manning | Oklahoma
Maria Jespersen | South Florida
Jaime Nared | Tennessee
Ariel Atkins | Texas
Kennedy Burke | UCLA
Teana Muldrow | West Virginia
Cayla McMorris | Wisconsin
*Players can play their way onto and off of the list at any point in the 2017-18 season*

About Cheryl Miller: Cheryl Miller took women's basketball to a new level, literally and figuratively. With her tremendous leaping ability, athletic dexterity and grace, Miller established a legacy throughout her high school and college career that is unparalleled. Playing for Riverside Polytechnic High School (CA), in 1982, Miller set the single game scoring record of 105 points. As a collegiate forward at the University of Southern California from 1982 to 1986, Miller helped bring women's basketball to the forefront of American sports. In 1984, she led the Olympic team to gold averaging more than 16 points per game. Her superior athletic ability and engaging persona placed her among the elite in the world of college and professional athletics. In 1986, Sports Illustrated named Miller as the best male or female player in college basketball. In a spectacular career, Miller scored 3,018 total career points and was a four-time All-America. Miller was named Naismith Player of the Year three times and earned the Wade Trophy once. Miller was indicted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999 and the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2010. Since retiring from professional play, Miller has had a very successful career as a WNBA GM, professional and collegiate coach, and sportscaster for TNT, ESPN and NBC for the 1996 Olympics.

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was invented, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate and high school, for both men and women on the global stage.

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About the WBCA: Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association is the professional association for coaches of women's and girls' basketball at all levels of competition. The WBCA offers educational resources that coaches need to help make themselves better leaders, teachers and mentors to their players; provides opportunities for coaches to connect with peers in the profession; serves as the unifying voice of a diverse community of coaches to those organizations that control the game; and celebrates those coaches, players and other individuals who excel each year and contribute to the advancement of the sport.

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Basketball Hall of Fame Media Contact:
Nicole Taylor, Position Sports

WBCA Media Contact:
Jack Watford, Director of Communications
770-279-8027 ext. 112



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