Cheyenne Trest shines for women’s basketball team

Freshman guard Cheyenne Trest dribbles the ball during Seton Hill University’s game against California University of Pennsylvania on Jan. 13, which the Griffins won 64-58. Trest scored the second most points with 15 during the game on Jan. 13 and has 360 total points this season as of Feb. 7. Photo by D.Clark/Setonian.

The Seton Hill University women’s basketball team has been having a season to remember. Since starting the regular with a 2-3 record, the ladies have gone 15-4 while compiling a now 17-7 record with two six-game winning streaks. One of their “surprise” performers this season is freshman Cheyenne Trest.

Trest is from Canonsburg, Pa., a city just southwest of Pittsburgh, and attended Canon-McMillan High School.

“I only live about an hour away from Seton Hill,” Trest said. “Therefore, my parents are able to attend almost every home and away game. My parents have always been very supportive of my basketball career, so it is always nice to see them in the stands.”

Any student knows that the transition from high school to college is never easy, and the same goes for a student-athlete where sometimes the pressure is higher. “In high school, I played for a competitive AAU team, so the competition was tough,” Trest said. “I think the level of competition prepared me for my first season [at SHU].”

Trest discussed some of the changes she had to make to her body in order to compete at the collegiate level. “In the preseason, I needed to focus on getting stronger and faster to be able to compete against the older players in our conference,” she said.

This season, Trest has averaged 15.2 points per game, including a season high 35 against Slippery Rock University, along with 3.4 assists per game, which are not very freshman-like numbers. Trest has also been named the PSAC West Freshman of the Week eight times this season.

“This season I did not know what to expect or the role I would play for the team,” Trest said. “In the early scrimmages and first couple games, I had the opportunity to play. During those first couple PSAC conference games, I realized the impact I could have.”

Cheyenne Trest jumps to attempt a shot during Seton Hill’s game against California University of Pennsylvania on Jan. 13. Trest has been named PSAC West Freshman of the Week eight times this season. Photo by D.Clark/Setonian.

That is how she came to the realization that she could have more than the typical freshman impact this season. “This postseason, as a team, we are striving towards hosting a first round playoff game and moving on in the PSAC playoffs,” Trest said. “We just want to extend our season as long as we can, and possibly be selected for the NCAA tournament.”

The women’s basketball team has four more games to play this season, including two home games, and the Griffins are looking to finish their regular season strong and keep rolling into the postseason.

Published By: Stephen Dumnich

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