Courtesy of UR Athletics

Why did you choose to play basketball?

I started playing basketball in sixth grade after watching my older sister play. My dad told me he’d be my coach and bought the team pizza every Friday, so I thought it seemed like a good deal. After my first season, I just couldn’t stop playing! I quit playing soccer, which I had played since pre-K, and basketball became my main sport.

What’s one piece of advice you wish you had known before coming to UR?

“Success isn’t permanent and failure isn’t fatal.”

What are your goals for the team this year? Any personal goals?

For my team, we want to win our last five UAA games. Personally, I want to play my best every time I step on the court and do what I am capable of to help my team succeed.

Are there any games this season that you are particularly excited for?

I am excited and nervous for every game, but I was especially excited to play Wash U in St. Louis last Friday. We knew they would have a big crowd and are a team that the term “home-court advantage” really applies to, but we beat them and it was definitely a highlight of this season.

How do you typically prepare for a game? Do you have any rituals or superstitions?

I am very superstitious when it comes to basketball! I always wear my hair the same way and wear the same socks, sports bra, and spandex. I listen to the same playlist before games and never change out of my travel gear until I get to the gym.

Chtchekine is a member of the class of 2016.

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