Fighting Irish incoming class ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation, featuring three of country's top 20 prep student-athletes, including national No. 1 Brianna Turner.
Hard-working, determined guard whose infectious spirit and loyalty have been vital to team's success past three seasons and have earned respect of players, coaches and fans alike ... will be one of team leaders this season, both on court and in locker room ... ability to quickly pick up concepts makes her important contributor during practice and scouting situations ... offers additional depth to Irish backcourt ... solid passer and perimeter shooter ... spent 10 days during summer 2007 training with Greek National Team and Greek World University Games Team in Athens, Greece (grandfather holds dual citizenship).
Junior Season (2006-07)
Played in career-best 16 games, averaging 0.3 points, 0.1 rebounds and 0.1 steals per game ... recorded first two career steals in victory over Western Michigan ... scored first points since freshman season with putback against Prairie View A&M; finished with career-high two points and two rebounds in personal-best seven minutes ... scored two points (2-2 FT) in final minute vs. Georgetown.
Sophomore Season (2005-06)
Appeared in seven games ... made season debut vs. Iona (0-1 3FG in three minutes) ... matched career high with five minutes vs. Arkansas State ... played one minute in win over Valparaiso and loss at No. 10/9 Rutgers ... saw three minutes vs. Providence.
Freshman Season (2004-05)
Saw action in 12 games during rookie campaign ... averaged 0.5 points and 0.1 rebounds per game ... scored first collegiate basket on baseline jumper late in season-opening victory vs. Illinois State ... tallied first career assist in win at Dayton ... converted both free throw attempts (first of her career) at Northern Illinois ... grabbed first career rebound and played (then) career-best five minutes at Pittsburgh ... knocked down foul-line jumper in final minute of victory vs. West Virginia in home finale.
Four-year letterwinner in both basketball and soccer at Perry High School in Perry, Ohio ... averaged 12.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game during prep career ... ranks as second-leading scorer in school history with 1,216 points ... had best season of career as senior in 2003-04, averaging 18.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game with .502 field goal percentage and .431 three-point ratio ... holds nine school records, including single-season free throw percentage (.844), career free throw percentage (.735), single-season three-point percentage (.431) and career three-point percentage (.366) ... was three-time all-state and all-district selection and four-time all-conference choice ... finalist for '04 Wendy's High School Heisman Award in state of Ohio ... helped team post 79-15 (.840) record during her career, winning three consecutive district titles from 2002-04 ... three-time all-district honoree in soccer ... co-valedictorian of high school class, posting straight A's and 4.2 grade-point average ... member of National Honor Society.
Born April 8, 1986 in Middleburg Heights, Ohio ... oldest of three children ... last name pronounced SIP-iss ... daughter of Teresa and Dean Tsipis ... family has long basketball tradition -- father, Dean, was cager at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland; grandfather, Lou, played basketball for Greek National Team at age 15, had standout career at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, and went on to play professionally in Greece; aunt, Luann Damiris, was three-sport letterwinner (basketball, volleyball, track) at Baldwin-Wallace; and uncle, Jonathan, is assistant women's basketball coach at Notre Dame ... enrolled in Mendoza College of Business as double major in finance and psychology ... multiple Dean's List honoree ... posted 3.679 grade-point average in fall 2006 semester, followed by 3.8 GPA during spring 2007 term ... named 2006-07 American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) Collegiate Student-Athlete of the Year ... spent summer 2007 working in undergraduate internship program at prestigious financial services firm of JP Morgan Chase & Co. in Chicago ... some former Irish players who wore No. 11 include Sara Liebscher (now Notre Dame's associate director for development in athletics advancement), Jeannine Augustin and Karen Swanson.
Career Honors 2007: BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team. 2006: BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team. 2005: BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team.