FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The new era of Northern Arizona women's basketball received its first two commitments with head coach Loree Payne's official announcement of Alize' McCormick's and Tate Tsingine's National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. Including four signees from the fall period, the additions of McCormick and Tsingine bring NAU's incoming class up to six for Payne's inaugural season.
"We're incredibly excited to add Alize' and Tate to our signed class from the fall," Payne said. "With Alize' being an incoming freshman, she brings our freshman class to five and it's a talented group. Adding Tate as a junior college transfer will help with a limited number of returners because she already has some collegiate experience. To get these two right off the bat is a great starting point for us in our recruiting efforts."
McCormick recently finished up her final season at Tucson High Magnet School where she was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter. Named the team's MVP right from her freshman year, she earned 6A Southern All-Region First Team honors as a senior. She was also named the 6A Southern Offensive Player of the Year as well as the Tucsonsports.com Player of the Year after averaging 11.6 points per game and helping her team to a 25-3 record and a No. 5 ranking in the state.
The 5-8 guard out of Tucson, Ariz. drained 74 three-pointers in her final season at a 36 percent clip while also averaging 2.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.2 blocks per game. As a junior, McCormick was named to the Division II All-Section IV First Team.
Tsingine, a 5-10 guard from Tuba City, Ariz., brings some much needed collegiate experience to the Lumberjacks following two seasons at Central Arizona College where she started 56 of 60 games. Tsingine She was a vital part of a program that compiled a two-year record of 44-16. This past season, she averaged 12.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game. She led the team with 68 three-pointers and an 87.2 percent clip at the free throw line.
Prior to Central Arizona College, Tsingine was a standout two-sport athlete between volleyball and basketball at Tuba City High School. She was named All-Arizona Division III First Team, All-Section I Player of the Year and Navajo Times Player of the Year as a senior when she averaged 17.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game.
"Both Alize' and Tate are Arizona players, which is huge for us," Payne said. "We're excited to tap into the community support with them being in-state products from Tucson and Tuba City. As a coaching staff, our focus will be to start internally within Arizona – and keep great players in state – and then expand out."
McCormick and Tsingine join Kaprice Boston (Everett, Wash./Lynnwood HS), Abbey Jensen (Yuma, Ariz./Kofa HS), Lauren Orndoff (Medford, Ore./South Medford HS) and Khiarica Rasheed (Portland, Ore./Grant HS) in the 2017-18 incoming Lumberjack class.