IUWBB: Cahill makes Cheryl Miller Award watch list

Indiana’s Amanda Cahill was named to the preseason watch list for an award recognizing the nation’s top “small forward.”

Cahill, the Hoosiers’ stretch four, was one of 20 players selected for the Cheryl Miller Award’s watch list. The 6-foot-2 forward averaged 14.8 points and 8.9 rebounds per game as a junior. She hit 47.7 percent of her shots from the field, including 39.3 percent from 3-point range.

Cahill is one of two seniors on this year’s team, flanking point guard Tyra Buss. Both Buss and Cahill were preseason All-Big Ten picks for 2017-18.

The other nominees: Alabama’s Hannah Cook, UConn’s Gabby Williams, Florida State’s Shakayla Thomas, Gonzaga’s Jill Barta, Iowa State’s Bridget Carleton, LSU’s Raigyne Louis, Marquette’s Erika Davenport, Maryland’s Brianna Fraser, Michigan State’s Branndais Agee, Missouri’s Sophie Cunningham, Missouri State’s Liza Fruendt, Ohio State’s Stephanie Mavunga, Oklahoma’s Maddie Manning, South Florida’s Maria Jespersen, Tennessee’s Jamie Nared, Texas’ Ariel Atkins, UCLA’s Kennedy Burke and Wisconsin’s Cayla McMorris.


  1. This is a terrific acheivment for Amanda Cahill to say the least. She is certainly deserving of it! I have seen 13 of the girls play many times that are nominated. As far as I am concerned, Gabby Williams of U-Conn is the overwhelming favorite. She may be the best athlete in the country and playing on the perennial #1 ranked team is a huge advantage. She was also named on the first team All American team this week. But, to have Amanda named is huge for her and our program! Barring injury, Amanda may become the all time career rebound leader in IU history. She will also finish as one of the top 10 scores in IU history. She will, at the end of this year become one of the great players in our school’s history. Her great ability as a player is due to the tutoring of her father (John) who also was her high school coach and to her terrific determination as a person to become what she has. We as IU fans have been very lucky to witness her performance through the past 3 years and are hopefull that she will continue her brilliant play through her senior year. Best of luck this year Amanda. Go Hoosiers!!

  2. Thanks for the kind words. My entire family will be there for Saturday’s game which doesn’t happen often. Amanda has 3 very active younger siblings. We’re planning on checking out the volleyball game that night too-her 8th grade sister Caroline is a pretty good volleyball player.

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