Bianca Quisenberry: A Family Affair|
Oct. 31, 2013
Story courtesy of Ellen Hadley
People often say good looks and intelligence run in the family. For Bianca Quisenberry, University of Cincinnati women’s basketball 5-foot-8-freshman guard, college athletics is something that runs rampant in her family.
Bianca’s dad played basketball at Rio Grande, her mother played tennis at Wittenburg, and her older sister played volleyball at Wooster. In addition to basketball, Bianca used to play volleyball and run track at Tecumseh High School. Bianca also says one of her two younger brothers Malik is the freshman quarterback for Tecumseh, a guard for the basketball team and intends to also be a college athlete one day.
Basketball is a consistent trend in the Quisenberry family between Bianca’s dad, herself, and her brother. Her dad, Richard Quisenberry, also coached high school basketball. “I was basically born in a gym and being around the sport constantly had a high influence on me,” the freshman said.
In addition to her immediate family, Bianca’s aunt ran track at Houston and her uncle rowed crew at Purdue. She also has two cousins who play football—one at Illinois and the other is the starting quarterback at Ohio State, Braxton Miller.
Quisenberry was close to Miller and went to elementary school together in Springfield until he transferred to Wayne High School. “We don’t talk much but it’s cool to see him be successful now at Ohio State,” Quisenberry said.
Having so many family members that played college-level varsity athletics impacted Quisenberry and her desire and decision to play basketball in college. At family functions sports were always a focus growing up. Sporting events at family reunions and get-togethers were fun for her to participate in and having an athletic family is something she is thankful for.
It is clear Quisenberry got enough court time with her dad growing up. In high school, Bianca was named the Gatorade Ohio Player of the year, was the first person, boy or girl to surpass 2,000 career points at Tecumseh High School, became the 12th leading scorer for Ohio in career points, became the first sophomore to be named Clack County Miss Basketball (also earning the honor as a junior), was named team MVP three times and was an honor roll student.
“I really don’t like winning awards. I don’t like being in the spotlight but when I do win it gives me the opportunity to thank people that are behind the scenes,” Quisenberry said. She remembers janitors letting her into the high school in the morning and how that impacted her and her game.
Quisenberry’s family also did a good job of preparing her for college. “Both of my parents kind of taught me what to expect both academically and athletically and how to balance that throughout the years,” Quisenberry said.
Quisenberry’s decision to play for UC was based largely on her impression of the campus and the coaching staff. “I love our coaches. I love how they collaborate and how well they work together,” Bianca said.
The guard’s goals going into this year’s season include adjusting to basketball at a collegiate level and playing and assisting her team in any way she can.
Quisenberry and the Bearcats’ first hit the court this season to face Southern Polytechnic in an exhibition game on Nov. 4 in Fifth Third Arena at 7 p.m.