Cape Cod Times (Mass.): "Falmouth’s Taylor Miller emerges as leader for St. Michael’s"

Cape Cod Times (Mass.): "Falmouth’s Taylor Miller emerges as leader for St. Michael’s"

This column originally appeared in the Cape Cod Times (Mass.). Also view a PDF on SMCAthletics.com here.

By John Garner Jr. / Contributing writer

Junior center Taylor Miller (Falmouth, Mass./Falmouth) is providing an inside presence for the St. Michael's women's basketball team.

The former Falmouth High School standout and 1,000-point career scorer is averaging 6.8 points and leading St. Michael's in rebounding (6.4 per game) as the Purple Knights have compiled a 5-9 record, including a 1-8 mark in the competitive Div. II Northeast-10 Conference.

"I love it here (Vermont) and adjusted well to a big change in climate and culture," said Miller. "We lost one of our other front-court players, Sam Delaney (two-time team captain), to a torn ACL, so we've been taking on more responsibilities to make up for her loss."

In a 70-69 win over Roberts Wesleyan, the 6-foot Miller compiled 12 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks. She had 12 points and 8 rebounds in a 62-53 loss to Saint Rose.

"Taylor has emerged as an integral piece on our team, not only on the court but as a leader as well," said St. Michael's coach Shannon Bollhardt. "She's stepped up in her role as our starting center and her presence in the paint has been key to our success.

"Defensively, she blocks shots and is our strongest rebounder. Offensively, she has the ability to score on the block and has a nice touch on the perimeter. What I love most about Taylor is what she brings to the team off the court -- her level of maturity and desire to do whatever is necessary to help our team be successful. The sky is truly the limit for her, and I am excited to see her continue to grow."

Miller is also performing well in the classroom. She was named to the Northeast-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll in spring 2018 and fall 2017.

"I enjoy playing defense and learned going against mostly taller players to front them and play better positional basketball," said Miller.

At Falmouth, she competed in four years of varsity basketball and two years of varsity volleyball, serving as captain in basketball her senior year, earning Atlantic Coast League All-Star honors all four years.

Miller ranked ninth in Clippers history in scoring (2,310 career points) and her junior year averaged 23.2 points per game. She led the Clippers to four consecutive MIAA sectional tournament appearances and was a 2017 Boston Globe All-Scholastic honoree

She's the daughter of former Boston Bruins and L.A. Kings player Jay Miller and Paula Miller, and holds a double major in economics and business administration with a minor in studio art.

Taylor plans to do a business or marketing internship in Boston this summer and eventually study for her MBA.