The UBC Heat are pleased to welcome Angela White to the team, after signing on to play starting the 2011-2012 season. White is a 2010 graduate of basketball powerhouse Handsworth in North Vancouver, and spent the past year studying at Langara College and playing in the BCCAA for the Falcons.
It was a move that made a lot of sense to Angela: “I’ve always wanted to play in the CIS, and [UBC Okanagan is] kind of close to home…not too far from family and friends.” The 5’7” guard has been playing basketball for most of her life, having played for 3D, a club team out of North Vancouver, from Grades 6-12. “I still go back sometimes…help out and practice with them.” Angela is a winner as she won back-to-back Provincial titles with the Royals in her Grade 11 and Grade 12 years.
Angela will be a looking to garner minutes with the Heat by playing a role she is familiar with, defensive stopper. “At Handsworth,” adds White, “and on Langara last year I usually would take on the other team’s top guard, that would be my role and I think that is my strongest asset.” Coach Semeniuk has noticed the defensive tendencies and mindset that White has, emphasizing that Angela “knows ‘how’ to play defense…When we played Langara last year, she was the one kid who could challenge Jenna Kantz…and no one could challenge Jenna.”
Angela will be entering her second year of Human Kinetics next year at UBC. She named several reasons for deciding to come to the Okanagan, but said that Coach Semeniuk was a “major factor” in her decision. “I really like Heather. She’s really nice, and she was a big part of my decision coming here.” She also commented that the team’s returning members have been welcoming, adding jokingly that she is “excited to join them instead of playing against them.”
“I think she’s such a quality person,” Semeniuk said of White. “It’s a blessing to be able to coach players like her.” According to Semeniuk, the roster of next year’s team is close to being fleshed out entirely, and the work of making all the pieces fit has begun. “It’s all a matter of coming together in September, playing together and getting it all to work…That’s the most fun of coaching: making it all come together.”