Tiffany Kornegay marches to the beat of a different trumpeter.
The Tufts University senior from Carver is a starting guard on the women’s basketball team, is leaning toward a career in clinical psychology and has recorded more than two dozen hip hop songs available online and free to download.
Try juggling that trifecta.
“I’m pretty dedicated to that (her music), but with classes and basketball I have time to record only on weekends,” Kornegay said.
Kornegay played trumpet during her formative years and now has recording equipment in her dorm room on the Medford campus.
“With first-semester finals finished and winter break here, I’ll have a week or two to focus on my music,” she said.
Academics, basketball and music. Those are Kornegay’s priorities, in that order. While her recorded music is public by Googling LethaL FLo, the singer-songwriter is live and in the spotlight whenever Tufts takes to the basketball court.
The Jumbos are 7-2 at the break, having won their last seven games. They’ll resume play Jan. 2 against Middlebury in the Maine Maritime Tournament, with the start of New England Small College Athletic Conference games to begin Jan. 6 at Williams College.
Kornegay, 22, is in her third year as starting 2 (shooting) guard and is the back-up point guard. Five foot, 6 inches, with big-player leaping ability, she’ll do whatever Coach Carla Berube asks of her.
“I like to call myself just a guard,” Kornegay said. She’s averaging nine points, seven-plus rebounds, three assists, 2.5 steals and only two turnovers per game this season. Her best stats show came in a 65-53 victory at Regis when she score 20 points and pulled in 10 rebounds.
“I can bring the ball up the court when I’m needed, but if someone on the team can do a better job of that, I’d be just as fine at the 2.”
Her rebounding and steals indicate an ability to play both ends of the floor, balancing her offensive propensity with her defensive intensity.
“Especially the defensive aspects of the game,” Kornegay said. “Our team strategy is to work hard on defense and create plays so that we can transition into offense. We try to get steals and rebounds and the quick outlets on the fast breaks. That’s how we usually score our points.”
Tufts’ uptempo game is suited to Kornegay’s quickness and athleticism.
“Tiffany is definitely a very explosive athlete,” Berube, in her 10th year as Tufts head coach, said. “She’s an excellent defender whether she’s on the ball or off the ball, has great instincts on the defensive end, is an excellent rebounder from the guard position – both on the offensive glass and defensive glass – and she’s explosive in the open court.