TNT joined a very elite group in the fall of 2011, becoming the first woman to don the red, white, and blue since 1993, and just the ninth female player in team history (The first woman to ever play for a men’s professional basketball team was a Globetrotter – Hall of Famer Lynette Woodard, who signed in 1985).
Her basketball journey got started later than most. TNT didn’t start playing until she stumbled upon the game on the playground at the age of 13. She also played volleyball and participated in track and field during her teenage years – setting state records in both the long jump and triple jump – but she didn’t love those sports like she loved basketball, and she was an all-conference selection in basketball in each of her four years in high school.
TNT began her college career at New Mexico before transferring to Temple, where she was lucky enough to be coached by three-time Olympic gold medalist Dawn Staley. TNT says, “Coach Staley was not only a role model for me through her amazing basketball credentials, but she showed me balance…balance between being a player, taking care of family, and giving back to the community. I admired her so much for her unique combination of kindness, toughness, and ability to make the team feel like a family.”
The Globetrotters are like a family too, and TNT is honored to be a part of it. “Honestly, this means everything to me,” she says. “This team incorporates everything I love about basketball. Not only to play it, but to entertain, and to give back to the community. I've always dreamed of leaving a positive mark in basketball history, and this is the perfect opportunity to do so.” Part of that positive mark came when TNT registered as an Adult Girl Scout, just another way she and her female teammates have found to inspire young girls to achieve great things.