2012: Started all 19 matches in her junior campaign for the Crusaders...finished second on the team in minutes played with 1,727, sitting just one half all season...led the team in assists with four...recorded the match-winning goal over Western Michigan on Sept. 7th...had two helpers the following game versus Bowling Green (Sept. 9)...tallied an assist versus St. Joseph's on Oct. 9th...assisted on the match-winning goal at Green Bay (Oct. 27)...finished the season with six points (tied for second on the team), 21 shot attempts, ten of which were on goal ... named Horizon League "Top Offensive Performer of the Week" ... selected to the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll.
2011: Saw action in four matches off of the bench for Valpo ... played a season-high 20 minutes against Air Force (Sept. 25).
2010: Appeared in 12 matches, drawing two starts, as a freshman ... made collegiate debut Aug. 29 at Evansville ... made first collegiate start at Milwaukee (Oct. 8) ... tallied 11 shot attempts, two of which were on goal ... had three shots in the season finale against Youngstown State (Oct. 24) ... played a season-high 54 minutes at Milwaukee.
Prep: A four-year letterwinner for the Indians ... a Second Team All-State selection as a senior after earning Honorable Mention All-State accolades as a junior ... led team to the state Final Four in 2006 ... a four-time All-Duneland Conference selection ... a two-time First Team All-District selection ... earned Second Team All-District honors as a freshman ... named All-State Top Team Player in 2008 and 2009 ... a two-time team Most Valuable Player ... led team in scoring as a freshman and senior ... a two-time Academic All-State pick ... led Portage to a DAC co-championship in 2007 ... led the Indians to the sectional title as a senior.
Personal: Tara is the daughter of Robert and Vanessa Ellis ... major is biology ... born April 11, 1992.