|Cheever comfortable at Idaho|
By Anthony Kuipers, University of Idaho Athletics Media Relations
It only took senior basketball player Bianca Cheever two years to shoot her way into the University of Idaho record books.
Cheever, a native of Australia who transferred to Idaho from North Idaho College in 2009, is ninth in school history for career 3-pointers made and 10th in 3-point field goal percentage.
Cheever, however, said she was never concerned with milestones.
"It's an honor to be in (the records), but I'm not a person who's going for that kind of stuff," she said. "It's more about playing the game for me."
Cheever missed eight games this season because of a calf injury, but has started in every game she has played. She is shooting nearly 40 percent from the 3-point line and scored in double figures four times.
Cheever and the Vandals head to the Western Athletic Conference Championships March 9-12 at Las Vegas, Nev.She said preparation and confidence will help Idaho succeed in a tournament she believes is up for grabs.
"I think we just have to stay confident in ourselves as a team," Cheever said. "Pretty much just keep working hard on the court and know that what we're doing to prepare for it is going to be good enough."
Idaho is Cheever's third stop in her college basketball career. She attended Idaho State from 2006-08 and played under Idaho's current coach, Jon Newlee. She later transferred to North Idaho College where she was an honorable mention NJCAA All-American.
She said playing in different schools has ultimately benefited her as a player.
"I don't think it's a negative. I just think that each time I've gone to a different school, I've grown on my past experiences, and I've just taken them with me to my new school," Cheever said.
She came to Idaho because she liked the coaches and the team atmosphere. She said her experience with Newlee and his staff at Idaho State helped her feel comfortable in her first year as a Vandal.
"Coming into here I knew some more things than most new people coming in," Cheever said.
Cheever made an immediate impact, starting in 26 games as a junior and hitting 54 3-pointers, including five in her Idaho debut against Gonzaga.
She said her role on the team is to be a shooter, but she has worked to improve other areas of her game as well.
"I've just been putting in the extra work, hard work on the court, doing all the little extra things, rebounding, just doing the extra pass, kind of things like that," Cheever said.
Cheever also has tried to set a strong example for the younger players on the team.
"At the start of the year I pretty much just said to them just keep working hard, taking everything - like all the information, just take it in because you're going to use it in the future," Cheever said. "So I'm just trying to be positive and encouraging to them so they can grow as a player and a person."
Cheever, who plans to graduate with a degree in physical education and move back to Australia to teach, said the victories that stand out are the ones where everyone contributed.
"Just the memories that come to mind are when we win and the whole team is involved," Cheever said. "I seem to remember it a lot more because everyone's so happy."