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The team won six games, but lost two against the Soviet Union.
In an opening round game, the USA team had a nine-point lead at halftime, but the Soviets came back to take the lead, and a final shot by the USA failed to drop, leaving the USSR team with a one-point victory 85—84, despite 23 points from Miller.
This game was also close, and was tied at 82 points each with six seconds to go in the game.
The Soviets Elena Chausova received the inbounds pass and hit the game winning shot in the final seconds, giving the USSR team the gold medal with a score of 84— The USA team earned the silver medal. Miller led the team in scoring, averaging The team easily beat each of the eight teams they played, winning by an average of just under 50 points per game.
Miller was selected to represent the US at the inaugural Goodwill games, held in Moscow in July North Carolina State 's Kay Yow served as head coach.
The team opened up with a 72—53 victory over Yugoslavia, led by 19 points from Miller, and followed that with a point win over Brazil 91— The third game was against Czechoslovakia and would be much closer.
Miller was the scoring leader in this game, scoring 26 points to help the US to a 78—70 victory. The USA faced Bulgaria in the semi-final match up, and again won, this time 67— This set up the final against the Soviet Union, led by 7-foot-2 Ivilana Semenova, considered the most dominant player in the world.
The Soviet team, had a —2 record in major international competition over the prior three decades, including an 84—82 win over the US in the World Championships.
The Soviets held the early edge, leading 21—19 at one time, before the USA went on a scoring run to take a large lead they would never relinquish.
For the entire event, Miller averaged The USA team was even more dominant this time. The early games were won easily, and the semifinal against Canada, while the closest game for the USA so far, ended up an 82—59 victory.
At the same time, the Soviet team was winning easily as well, and the final game pitted two teams each with 6—0 records.
The Soviet team, having lost only once at home, wanted to show that the Goodwill games setback was a fluke.
The USA team started by scoring the first eight points, and raced to a 45—23 lead, although the Soviets fought back and reduced the halftime margin to The USA went on a 15—1 run in the second half to put the game away, and ended up winning the gold medal with a score of — Miller led all scorers in the game with 24 points.