Sadler, White close out career on Friday as does Coach ‘Sem’


Sadler, White close out career on Friday as does Coach ‘Sem’

By Cary Mellon on February 11, 2015

Final games for Tia Sadler and Angela White

Final games for Tia Sadler and Angela White

Game Times

8 PM | UBC Okanagan vs UNBC


8 PM | UBC Okanagan vs UNBC

@ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium

66.0 (10) Points per game 56.2 (16)
.318 (17) Field Goal Pct. .378 (10)
.209 (16) Three-point Pct. .205 (6)
.694 (10) Free Throw Pct. .690 (11)
-13.4 (17) Rebound Margin per game  -1.3 (9)
76.2 (17) Points per game allowed 73.8 (16)
.395 (11) Opponents Field Goal Pct. .365 (4)
.284 (9) Opponents three-point Pct. .288 (10)

UBC OKANAGAN HEAT (5-18, 4-14 Canada West)                        SCHEDULE | ROSTER | STATS

CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: 5th – Explorer Division
Last week: 0-2: Fri L (69-67); Sat L (77-61) at MacEwan
Streak: 6 losses
2013-14 CanWest Record: 3-19 (8th – Pacific Division)
2014 CanWest Playoffs: N/A
2014 CIS Tournament: N/A
Last CanWest Title: N/A
Last CIS Title: N/A

This Weekend: On their home court in Kelowna, BC the Heat look to capture wins in their last two games of the season against the 2-16 UNBC Timberwolves. The 4-14 Heat women’s basketball team will tip-off at 8 p.m. (PST) on Thursday night, followed by their last game of the season on Friday night starting at 8 p.m. (PST) in the UBC Okanagan Gymnasium.

Head to Head: versus UNBC (3-3 in CW; 17-6 in CCAA; 1-1 in postseason):  The two squads split their first series of the season on UNBC’s court, Charles Jago Sporting Centre, Nov. 28th-29th. Friday night the Heat took down UNBC (72-58); however, the Timberwolves avenged the Heat on Saturday, pulling out their first win of the season (76-70). Both the UNBC Timberwolves and the UBC Okanagan Heat are out of reach for playoffs, but look to close their season with two wins.

Timberwolves:  The Timberwolves have only two wins in regular season play (2-16), one at home against the UBC Okanagan Heat on Nov. 29th (76-70), and the other on the road in Calgary against Mount Royal on Jan. 24th (63-56).

Seniors Night: Prior to the tip-off on Friday night, after completion of the women’s volleyball play-off game, the Heat will be honoring senior players Angela White and Tia Sadler, as well as head coach, Heather Semeniuk who has been with the Heat’s women’s basketball program for 21 years. Friday night’s game will be the last game of their career at UBC Okanagan.

*Friday night is the fourth annual KidSport Game. For every three pointer made by the Heat $50 will be donated to  KidSport™.  KidSport™ Kelowna was launched in the 2002 and provides grants for local children 18 years and under to participate in a sports. Last year KidSportTM earned $500 off the ten three-pointers potted by the Heat. In previous years the Heat’s men and women’s team have raised $900 and $700 for KidSport BC, for a grand total of $2100 over the past three years.

Angela White

Angela White

Angela White: transferred to UBC Okanagan after one year at Langara where she was highly regarded, earning Freshman Student Athlete of the Year and a spot on the BCCAA All-Rookie Team.

She arrived at UBC Okanagan the same time the Heat were moving to Canada West (2011-12) and played all four year in the CIS with UBC Okanagan. It wouldn’t take long for Angela to jump in to the starting lineup, in her first year on the Kelowna campus she started seven of the team’s 16 games.

Over her four year career with the Heat Angela would start close to 90-percent of her team’s games (67 starts in 78 games: 86%).

The 5-foot 8 guard from North Vancouver won back-to-back AAA BC High School provincial championships at Handsworth Secondary, and has logged close to 2000 minutes for coach Heather Semeniu’s team.

Her time on the floor was only overshadowed by her time as a team leader, a team captain for the past 2 years, Angela has always been an outstanding leader that throughout her four years has been highly respected by her teammates, coaches and the athletic department.

Angela consistently puts her teammates first, always making sure their needs are met before those of her own.

As a four year starter for the Heat in Canada West the defensive minded White will go down as a top all-round player for the program, and she was rewarded in 2013/14 with the women’s basketball ‘coaches award’ in part for her leadership and in part because of her outstanding work on the defensive end of the court.

Working hard on the court and in the classroom White, in 2012/13, earned a CIS Academic All-Canadian and after four years at UBC Angela will graduate this spring with a Batchelor of Human Kinetics degree, and will pursue a career in Physio/Occupational Therapy.

Tia Sadler

Tia Sadler

Tia Sadler: like Angela White was recruited to join UBC Okanagan as a CIS school, Tia is one of the few UBC Okanagan has said good bye to that never played in the CCAA.

The graduate of Golden Secondary has been a part of basketball at UBC Okanagan for a lot longer than her four years on campus, Tia would attend the women’s basketball summer camp every August since she was in grade eight.

She has only completed four years with coach Heather Semeniuk and the team but will close out her university career due to a reoccurring leg injury, yet Tia will graduate with an Arts degree next year.

The injuries have stalled Tia’s career but #12 has been extremely committed to the program in spite of the setbacks.

Her on court high would have to be in a two game series against Mount Royal in Calgary in November of 2013. Tia scored 25 points in the two games in just 36 minutes of court time, a testament to her, ability to score quickly and accurately.

Tia hopes to pursue a career in Sports Broadcasting/Events Planning.

Coach Heather Semeniuk: After 21 years the esteemed bench boss of the Okanagan university will finish off her career where it started, on the hardwood at the UBC Okanagan Gymnaiusium. Read more about Heather here.

Points/game FG-FGA (PCT) min 40 att. 3FG-3FGA (PCT) min 10 att. Rebounds/game
Sarah Allison 13.4 Jessica Jazdarehee 71-174 (40.8%) Angela White 5-13 (38.5%) Jessica Jazdarehee 6.4
Jessica Jazdarehee 11.4 Claire Elliott 50-151 (33.1%) Sarah Allison 22-96 (22.9%) Kayla McFadden 4.6
Shenelle Tamminen 8.3 Sarah Allison 81-248 (32.7%) Jessica Jazdarehee 8-35 (22.9%) Claire Elliott 4.4
Points/game FG-FGA (PCT) min 40 att. 3FG-3FGA (PCT) min 10 att. Rebounds/game
Sarah Robin 12.1 Jasprit Nijjar 39-80 (48.8%) Mavia Nijjer 7-27 (25.9%) Vasiliki Louka 8.3
Vasiliki Louka 11.2 Sarah Robin 70-156 (44.9%) Kylie Pozniak 6-24 (25.0%) Jasprit Nijjar 5.7
Jasprit Nijjar 5.9 Vasiliki Louka 87-211 (41.2%) Stacey Graham 5-21 (23.8%) Emily Aase 4.7

UNBC TIMBERWOLVES  (4-23, 2-16 Canada West)             SCHEDULE | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: 6th Explorer Division
Last week: 0-2: Fri L (88-75); Sat L (88-51) vs UFV
Streak: 4 losses
2013-14 conference record: 6-16
2014 CW playoffs: N/A
2014 CIS tournament: N/A
Last CW title: N/A
Last CIS title: N/A
preseason preview courtesy of

Key additions: Vasiliki Louka, Hannah Pudlas, Stacey Graham
Key returnees: Sarah Robin, Cassie Rerick, Mavia Nijjer
Key departures: Mercedes VanKoughnett, Jen Bruce, Emily Kaehn, Chelsey Thorne

PRINCE GEORGE – After losing the core of their starting line-up, the Timberwolves are looking at a building year. Led by lone veteran Sarah Robin, the Timberwolves will look to build the experience of their young squad.

Four senior players graduated out of the Timberwolves program last year, among the group was star guard Mercedes VanKoughnett. VanKoughnett ranked among the top 10 in multiple Canada West stat categories and led the Timberwolves in points, rebounds, and assists last season. Other notable departures include Jen Bruce, Emily Kaehn and Chelsey Thorne. Bruce provided the Timberwolves with points from the field while Kaehn was able to battle inside the key against players who consistently outsized her.

The Timberwolves will be led by lone fifth year Sarah Robin. Robin has been a staple in UNBC’s starting line-up for the last three seasons and will continue to lead her team during her final year. Second year guard Cassie Rerick will take on a major role with the Timberwolves, filling in for VanKoughnett, controlling the backcourt and ball.

Trying to fill some of the gaps for the Timberwolves will be rookie forward Vasiliki Louka and local recruit Hannah Pudlas. Louka has already shown to be dominant on the boards during the preseason. Pudlas, a local Prince George recruit, is going to be a talented ball-handler for the Timberwolves, providing the depth they will need off the bench against some of the tougher teams.

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