Scored her first goal of the season against Georgia in a 2-1 victory on 9/5 ? Scored three goals in two games; two coming in a 2-0 win over Iowa on 9/26 and the other against Wisconsin on 10/3 ? Her four goals on the year gives her 20 for her career, which ranks fifth on the UI career list ? Missed four games earlier in the season due to injury.
Saw action in all 21 games and made nine starts ? Ranked second on the team in goals (7), assists (4) and points (18) ? Scored two goals and added an assist in the 4-0 win over Eastern Illinois and then tallied an assist two days later in the 3-2 upset of #13 Purdue ? Was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after those two performances ? Fired 59 shots on the season to rank 10th in the conference and 2nd on the team ? 29 of those 59 shots were on goal ? Launched a career high and a school record-tying 10 shots against Illinois State on 10/27 ? Tallied game-winning goals at George Mason, vs. Minnesota and vs. Eastern Illinois ? Earned Academic All-Big Ten Honors.
Scored three goals while assisting on three others for nine points on the season ? Hit the game-winning goal at Indiana ? Had the game-winning assist against Illinois State ? Scored the Illini?s lone goal against Ohio State ? Appeared in all 21 contests.
First career goal was a game winner in her first game for the Orange and Blue as the Illini downed Eastern Illinois 2-0 in the season opener ? Also scored the game winner with two goals in the second game of the season, a 4-0 blanking of Kansas ? Scored a total of six goals during the season to tie for 20th in the Big Ten rankings ? Played in all 22 games, making six starts.
First Team All-Kingco Conference as a sophomore and senior and second All-conference as a freshman and junior ? Holds high school?s career goal scoring record with 60 and career points record with 144 ? 1999 league-leading scorer with 20 goals and eight assists in league play, tallied 32 goals and 11 assists for the full season ? Named Seattle Times Athlete of the Month ? Led team to third place finish in state and new school record in wins with 16 in 1999.
Born on Dec. 6, 1981 ? Parents are Clyde and Sherrelle Walker ? Majoring in broadcast journalism ? Involved with Spanish Immersion group for 12 years ? Recipient of the US Army Reserve scholar/athlete award ? Also lettered in track in high school ? Second place finisher at State in 1999 in the 100-meter hurdles, conference champion in the 100-meter hurdles and the 4x100-meter relay ? Holds school record in 100-meter hurdles at 14.3 seconds.
Getting to know Tiffani
Nickname: Tiffi ? Favorite TV shows: Cosby Show and Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ? Favorite movie: Ocean?s Eleven ? Favorite Quote: ?Unless we plan on doing this job in Reno, we?re in Barney, Barney Rubble, Trouble!? - Ocean?s Eleven ? Favorite thing about Coach Rayfield: how she says ?WWWWhip?...just kidding...I like her determination to be the best ? Three words that descirbe me: talkative, silly and perceptive ? I chose Illinois because: the coaches and the team are awesome!
Coach Rayfield on Tiffani
?Tiffani finished our spring season at the top of our athletic measurement chart. She has the speed, size and strength to compete with any athlete in the Big Ten. If she is able unleash that ability with confidence and conviction, Tiffani could have a breakout senior season.?
T. Walker?s Career Statistics
Year GP-GS S SOG G A Pts. GWG 2000 22-6 60 28 6 0 12 2 2001 21-0 30 13 3 3 9 1 2002 21-9 59 29 7 4 18 3 Total 64-15 149 70 16 7 39 6