When Macy Miller took the court Sunday afternoon, the junior guard needed seven points to become the 33rd member of the South Dakota State University women's basketball team to score 1,000-or-more points.
On a fast-break layup that gave the Jackrabbits an 18-4 lead, Miller topped the 1,000-point mark with 5:24 yet to play in the first quarter. Miller finished with a game-high 18 points as the SDSU improved to 2-0 on the season with an 82-49 nonconference win over SIUE in front of 1,261 fans at Frost Arena.
"It's a nice accomplishment. I can't thank my teammates enough for finding me when I'm open and passing me the ball," Miller said. "It means a lot to me but it's not something I think about. While a lot of people in my family have scored 1,000 points, I don't put that pressure on me."
Miller's brothers, Jade and Jordan, both scored more than 1,400 points in their college careers while their father, Alan, scored 2,920 points during his All-America career at Dakota Wesleyan. Her uncles Tom and Chris Miller also scored more than 1,000 collegiate points as did cousins Ryan and Jared. However, her well-known cousin, Mike, did not score 1,000 points during his two seasons at the University of Florida but has scored nearly 11,000 points in his professional career.
"It's an ever bigger accomplishment to get it during a win," Miller said. "The way we played today was a great feeling."
Senior guard Kerri Young and sophomore guard Madison Guebert each added 14 points for the Jackrabbits. Young has scored 956 points in her Jackrabbits career and is on pace to become the 34th member of SDSU's 1,000-point club.
Lauren White led SIUE, 0-2, with 11 points.
Miller scored eight points as the Jackrabbits opened the game on an 18-4 run. Guebert scored 11 of her points in the first quarter as SDSU held a 32-10 lead after making 13 of 17 field goals, including five 3-pointers.
Miller (14), Guebert (11) and Young (11) combined for 36 of the Jackrabbits' 44 first-half points. When SIUE scored on its first possession of the second half to make it 44-25, it marked the only time the Cougars came within 20 points. Guebert answered with a 3-point field goal to start a 7-0 run.
"Not just one person sticks out on our team," Miller said. "It can be Ellie (Thompson) here, Kerri there and Maddie, too. I think it'll be really special for this team to have maybe three players score 1,000 points."
• Macy Miller moved into 32nd on the all-time scoring list with 1,011 points.
• Kerri Young needs 44 points to become SDSU's 34th 1,000-point scorer.
• South Dakota State head coach Aaron Johnston is now six wins away from 400 career wins.
• The Jackrabbits extended its home win streak to eight games.
SDSU begins a four-game road swing when it plays in the Hawkeye Challenge Saturday and Sunday in Iowa City, Iowa. The Jackrabbits play Montana in the opener Saturday at 10 a.m. and then play either UMass or host Iowa at either 11:30 a.m. or 2 p.m. Sunday.
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