FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Fresno State senior Alex Sheedy is a long way from home: 7,900 air miles from Moe, Australia. But to Sheedy, basketball is basketball -- in the Central Valley or Down Under.
"But I've had a good time with it," Sheedy said. "It's really helped me become the person I am today. I've struggled with a lot of things and I think that just made me a stronger person."
Just last weekend, Sheedy became the 22nd Bulldog in program history to reach 1,000 points for her career, a telling stat when you consider she has played for three different head coaches on campus.
"It's awesome," Sheedy said of the accomplishment. "To have that in your resume, it's like a big deal."
"Her basketball IQ is high," Bulldogs head coach Jaime White said. "And obviously her ability is high, and especially on the offensive end."
A leader by example who puts the team first at every chance, Sheedy got to play host over the summer with her teammates visiting her parents' house in Moe as part of Fresno State's preseason trip to Australia.
"I got to show people where I grew up and where I played," Sheedy said. "It's one of those things I'll never forget, but it'll always seem like it never really happened."
"It was seeing the pride on her face," White said of the trip. "To be able to play in front of her friends and family, to be able to play her club team. And also to see her parents and how proud they were."
And now in the middle of her final season in Fresno, Sheedy wants to do her part to maintain the legacy of countless Bulldogs before her and get back to the NCAA Tournament for an eighth straight year.
"I think all the seniors feel the same way," Sheedy said. "We all want to get back to the tournament. We all want to get that win. It's one of those that we're so close. And we know that we're so close. And we know that we can do it."
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