Rocklin’s Miller to play hoops for Chico State

By: Russ Edmondson, The Placer Herald
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Former Rocklin High and Sierra College women’s basketball star Annelise Miller has accepted a scholarship offer to continue her career at Chico State University. Miller, 5-foot-10, played power forward for the Wolverines last season and can also play small forward. She was voted Sierra’s Defensive Player of the Year by her teammates in both of the seasons in which she played for the Wolverines. Miller almost went to Chico State directly out of high school to try out as a walk-on for basketball but is glad that she chose to attend Sierra first. “Now I feel more prepared to go to a four-year school and play at a higher level,” said Miller, whose scholarship will pay her tuition for the next two years. “It’s really helped me improve my all-around game and I feel a lot better about (going to Chico) now.” Miller is pleased to finally know where she will be in the fall. “I wasn’t even sure where I was going and I was a little stressed out about it,” said Miller, whose major is undeclared. “I’m going to live with two of my teammates in a house, and I’m really excited to be on my own. And (Chico State) won their conference last year and it’s really exciting.” Chico State women’s basketball coach Molly Goodenbour is thrilled about the signing of Miller. Miller averaged 9.8 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 2.6 assists while earning all-conference honors as a sophomore at Sierra. “Annie is a relentless worker and a very tenacious player,” Goodenbour said. “She will help us rebound and defend and she’ll be a consistent contributor over the course of the season.” Chico State loses just one senior from last season’s 28-6 team that qualified for the NCAA Championship Tournament for a sixth consecutive season. Sierra coach Brandie Murrish will certainly miss Miller. Miller helped the Wolverines go 26-7 overall last season and 12-2 in conference play. “I’m really proud of her, she’s definitely worked hard and Chico State is one of the top programs,” Murrish said. “She helped lead the way here. She came in as a freshman, really quiet, and by the time she left she turned into one of our leaders. “Defensively is why they pretty much recruited her, so she can shut down top scorers and she’s a good finisher (offensively) also. If I could say one thing about her it’s confidence and she was definitely a huge part of our success.” Frank Shields coached Miller at Rocklin High and he has fond memories of Miller as well. “All arms and legs. She’s really very quick and a good defender and takes the ball to the hoop – she’s a good slasher,” Shields said. “She’s a great kid and I never had to tell her what to do. There are few players that I haven’t had to say much to but she always knew what her responsibility was. And she was a great teammate.”