Moving from Montreal to Ontario to play in the OSBA was a leap, but for Sarah Te-Biasu, her style of play translated perfectly.
Now, having established herself among the elites of Canadian prep basketball, the 5’5” guard is playing in her final year with Niagara Prep before setting her sights on the NCAA and the next stage in her basketball career at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).
“In the game - just being confident, playing with my team,” is what Sarah attributes her offensive success. “My teammates give me confidence so I just want to be the best player I can be on the court.”
Sarah earned herself an OSBA First Team All-Star nod last season with Niagara due to her stellar offensive play and smart defence.
Simply, she credits a winning mentality for her defensive focus - “playing defence is important because you want to win.”
Sarah has experience on the international level, playing for Team Canada in the FIBA U19 Women’s World Cup 2019, the U17 FIBA Women’s World Cup in 2018 and the FIBA U16 Americas Championship in 2017. In the U17 Women’s World Cup, her first appearance with Team Canada on the international stage, she ranked 3rd in the tournament in steals with 21, showing some of her defensive capabilities while also averaging 8.6 points per game in her 5 games played.
Her winning mentality spreads beyond her individual performance, and into helping her teammates maximize their impact on the game from the point guard position.
“In a game I want to make my teammates better and be the best teammate I can be,” said Te-Biasu. “Making my teammates involved in a game is important to me and also just by playing my game so I can make them better.”
On the OSBA level Sarah has led Niagara Prep to an undefeated start to the 2019-20 season, while averaging 18.6 points per game, 5.9 assists and 3.5 steals while shooting 45% and 35% from beyond the arch in the 2018-2019 season.
Sarah’s willingness to do what it takes for her team to win, and her skills with and without the ball will translate well to the NCAA and playing with VCU next season.
But first she’s trying to translate all this into an OSBA title. Bonne Chance!