Turner Signs WNBA Training Camp Contract
Lincoln - Former Husker and Nebraska native Yvonne Turner signed a WNBA training camp contract with San Antonio, the Silver Stars announced on Wednesday.
Turner, a first-team All-Big 12 selection and the conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2010, is in her third season of professional basketball overseas after going undrafted by the WNBA following her senior season at Nebraska in 2010.
Turner, a 5-8 guard from Omaha, was the 2006 Gatorade Nebraska High School Player of the Year and a first-team WBCA All-American at Bellevue East. She was a three-year starter for the Huskers and helped Nebraska to the best season in school history in 2009-10, as NU finished 32-2 and 16-0 in the Big 12 on its way to the NCAA Sweet 16.
Turner, who has played professionally in Australia and Germany the past two seasons, is currently playing for Dynamo-GUVD Novosibirsk in Siberia. Competing in Europe's best domestic league, Turner is averaging 13.6 points, 3.1 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game this season.
Turner is expected to join former Husker teammate Kelsey Griffin when WNBA training camps open later this spring following the completion of the collegiate season. Griffin, who was a first-team All-American and the Big 12 Player of the Year as a senior alongside Turner in 2010, has spent the past three seasons with the Connecticut Sun.
Griffin is currently playing professionally in Australia for the Bendigo Spirit with former Husker and 2012 Canadian Olympian Chelsea Aubry. Another former teammate of Turner, Griffin and Aubry, Cory Montgomery, is playing in the same Australian league for the Logan Thunder. Mongtomery was a also a first-team All-Big 12 pick in 2010 and a third-round WNBA selection of the New York Liberty.