May 1, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The John A. Logan College women’s basketball team added some scoring punch Friday with the announced signing of Carbondale native, McKena Miller.

The 5-foot-9 shooting guard will be transferring to Logan this fall from the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL). With the Tritons, Miller saw limited action, appearing in only five games and averaging 1.6 points and rebounds per game. Her top game was a six-point effort against the University of Southern Indiana.

At Carbondale, Miller was one of the premier players in the state, averaging 17.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.0 steals per game. For her efforts, she was named Associated Press Second Team All-State and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Fourth Team All-State her senior year.

She was also “Player of the Year” for The Southern Illinoisan newspaper and a member of the 1,000-point club at Carbondale.

The Terriers were 21-8 her senior year; conference champs; regional champs; and sectional runner-up. Miller was twice named South Seven Conference “Player of the Year.” She was also a three-year letter winner in volleyball and softball, earning All-Conference honors.

“I’m very excited to be back home,” Miller said. “It will be a lot easier for my parents and friends to come and see me play. I’m looking forward to helping to create something special at Logan. I think, that with the players who are returning and those who Coach Shelby is recruiting, we will have a chance to be pretty good.”

Shelby said she was happy that Miller picked Logan when transferring.

“We tried getting her out of high school, so we know what kind of player McKena is. Now, she has that experience of having played a full year at a four-year school. I fully expect McKena to be one of our team leaders this fall. She knows how to play. She shoots the ball well. She can handle the ball and she always plays hard.”

Miller is Shelby’s third signed recruit. Last month, she acquired Carbondale High senior Kaili Bacon and Elverado High senior Cheyenne Abbadusky.

McKena is the daughter of Jim and Becky Miller. She is majoring in nursing.

 

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