Tammy attended Kaskaskia College from 1986 to 1988 and was a two sport athlete, playing both women's basketball and volleyball. As a basketball player, Tammy served as team captain and was named MVP for two years consecutively while playing for Kaskaskia College. She earned the Outstanding Student Award and finished 3rd in the nation, scoring 26 ppg as a Freshman. Tamy was selected as First Team All Region during her Freshman and Sophomore year and in 1988, she was slected as a National Junior College Athletic Association Kodak WBCA All American. She led the KC Blue Angels t o a 23-6 finish and a Conference championship her Sophomore year; averaging 23 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 5.3 assists. She continued her education and athletic career at the University of Nevada, Las Vega as a guard on the women's basketball team where she started 16 out of 34 games, shot over 50% from the field, had 42 steals and 63 assists.