Former Mercury legend to highlight league milestone in Phoenix

Cheryl Miller To Return For Season 15 Celebration On July 15

Posted: June 24, 2011

Former Mercury general manager and head coach Cheryl Miller will return to US Airways Center on Friday, July 15 for her first Mercury game since holding her post with the club to celebrate the team and league’s 15th season. The team will host the Washington Mystics at 7 p.m.

Under Miller’s guidance, the club had a winning record of 70-52, including a playoff berth each season she was in Phoenix (1997-2000). In 1998, the Mercury advanced to the WNBA Finals against the Houston Comets, but was defeated in the three-game series.

The Mercury, one of the original WNBA franchises, played its inaugural game on June 22, 1997. Bridget Pettis, former Mercury guard and current director of basketball operations, scored the first basket for the club and led the team to a 79-59 victory over the Charlotte Sting.

In conjunction with the team’s 10th anniversary in 2006, Miller was honored along with Pettis, Jennifer Gillom and Michele Timms for their contributions to the franchise by raising a banner with their images that remains hanging in the rafters of US Airways Center.

“As a Mercury legend, we couldn’t ask for a better person to help the team celebrate season 15,” said Mercury President and General Manager Ann Meyers Drysdale. “She is responsible for getting this franchise off on the right track and we are excited to welcome her back to show her how things have grown since.”

A Hall-of-Fame basketball player in her own right, Miller still holds numerous records at the University of Southern California. During her time there, she led the Trojans to two NCAA Titles (1983, 1984) and earned NCAA Tournament MVP both seasons. Miller also led team USA to gold medals in the 1984 Olympics, the 1983 Pan American Games and the 1986 Goodwill Games.

In addition to Miller’s success on the court, she has established herself as a reporter and expert analyst for ABC Sports, ESPN, TBS Sports and is currently a sideline reporter on TNT Sports and NBA TV.

Miller will address the fans at halftime of the game. Fans can purchase single-game tickets starting at just $10 online at phoenixmercury.com, by phone at 602-252-WNBA, at the US Airways Center ticket office and at all Ticketmaster outlets.