Miller nears history for SDSU women: Mitchell native pulls close to school scoring record
BROOKINGS—Macy Miller's pursuit for the South Dakota State University women's basketball all-time scoring record went to the wire Wednesday night.
And in the Mitchell native's 119th collegiate game, the celebration for that accomplishment will wait for one more contest.
Miller entered Wednesday's home showdown against No. 7-ranked Oregon 18 points from breaking the SDSU career scoring record. She had 14 points in an 87-79 loss at Frost Arena in Brookings. As of today, she's second in school scoring history for women's basketball with 1,883 points.
Nevertheless, the 6-foot guard remains on the doorstep of a season full of history, four points from breaking Shannon Schlagel's school record—who played from 2001 to 2004—of 1,887 points.
Miller needs 117 points for 2,000 in her career. She is also seventh in Summit League conference history for women's basketball scorers and needs 394 points for that accomplishment.
In the light of a loss Wednesday evening, Miller made it clear she would have preferred a season-shaping home win over one of the nation's elite programs. But she's also ready to etch her name in Jacks' lore.
"It's something special to be up there, with all of the great players who have played here at SDSU," she said. "You know, I'm not trying to think about it, and if it happens, it happens."
In many ways, it was a classic showing of Miller's offensive game, with no two scoring plays the same, and using the entire arsenal of shots that the fifth-year senior has showed off through the years: leaners in the lane, pull-up mid-range jumpers, seperate 3-pointers and three-point plays, and a backdoor slip-in bucket behind the Ducks' defense.
Miller finished the game with six rebounds and six assists, matching a season-high with the latter.
"I always have to give credit to my teammates and coaches for giving me the opportunity (to be in this position," Miller said.
The reigning Summit League player of the year entered Wednesday night averaging 17 points per game, while grabbing 5.8 rebounds per game, both of which are team-highs.
Miller is also among the nation's best seniors, as well. She's sixth among active career leaders in NCAA Division I women's basketball, with 391 free throws and 119 games played, while entering Wednesday with the 10th-most points among active players.
As one of the nation's top mid-majors, Miller and the Jackrabbits, now 6-4 on the season, had a chance to knock off one of women's basketball's powers. She said there's more of a disappointment with not quite pulling out the win, rather than satisfaction with being so close to an impressive individual accomplishment.
"I'd say we're disappointed," Miller said. "We're right there. It's frustrating but you can't be content. There's plays in there offensively and defensively we should have had."
Despite the loss, SDSU remains firmly in the driver's seat for another big year and a possibly historic March. The Jacks were ranked No. 7 in the NCAA's RPI prior to the game, and knocked off then-No. 21 Drake on Saturday in Brookings.
The Jackrabbits are back on the court Friday, hosting Savannah State (Ga.) in Brookings. There, Miller and history likely won't have to wait much longer.