Turner, Page Power Sopron to Title Game
Former Huskers and long-time professional women's basketball players Yvonne Turner and Danielle Page will compete alongside each other for Sopron in the EuroLeague Championship Game on Sunday, April 22 in Hungary.
Free live video will be provided by LiveBasketball.TV and at YouTube.com/FIBA with coverage of the championship game between Sopron on UMMC Ekaterinburg beginning at 1 p.m. (CT).
Competition in the Final Four opened Friday afternoon for Sopron against Yakin Dogu Universitesi at Sopron's Novomatic Arena in Hungary with Turner and Page leading Sopron to a 68-65 victory. Turner led Sopron with a game-high 19 points, including four points in the final two minutes, and an assist to Jelena Milovanovic on the game-winning three-pointer with 1.2 seconds left to give Sopron the victory.
Sopron led by 10 points at halftime and at the end of three quarters, but YDU used a 14-0 run after a Turner three pushed Sopron's lead to 13 in the fourth quarter. YDU rallied to take a one-point lead with approximately three minutes left after Page and Turner spent a rotation off the floor together.
YDU featured WNBA stars Jantel Lavender, Courtney Vandersloot and Kayla McBride. Vandersloot led YDU with 15 points, but Turner dominated the point guard match-up against the former Gonzaga All-American, including forcing a five-second call with Vandersloot trying to inbound the ball in the front court after Sopron hit the go-ahead three-pointer in the closing seconds. Turner added four assists and a steal to her 19 points.
The first semifinal featured a pair of Russian teams with Dynamo Kursk taking on UMMC Ekaterinburg, which features WNBA star and Turner's Phoenix Mercury teammate Brittney Griner, along with Maya Moore and Kristi Toliver. Ekaterinburg defeated Dynamo Kursk 84-77. Dynamo Kursk includes WNBA stars Angel McCoughtry, Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Epiphanny Prince.
Page, a four-year letterwinner for the Huskers from 2005 to 2008, is putting the finishing touches on her 10th professional season overseas. A bronze medalist for the Serbian National Team at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, Page has been a star internationally after playing her only WNBA season with the Connecticut Sun in 2008. The 31-year-old from Monument, Colo., helped lead Nebraska to the NCAA Tournament in 2007 and 2008 while playing 129 games in her collegiate career. She scored 946 points and grabbed 636 rebounds as a Husker. She is one of only three players in Husker history with 200 blocked shots, finishing with 207 in her NU career.
This season, Page has averaged 5.5 points and 2.3 rebounds for Sopron. Page, who has battled a knee injury, scored two points while adding a block and an assist off the bench against YDU on Friday.
Turner, who was the oldest rookie in the WNBA in 2017, has put together a strong season for Sopron, averaging 14.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists. A playoff starter for the Mercury in 2017, Turner averaged 9.8 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.0 steal in five playoff games for Phoenix last season, while playing for Australian National Team Coach Sandy Brondello and the Mercury.
Turner, who is in her second season with Sopron, started her professional career in Australia (Bundaburg) before playing in Germany, Russia, Turkey, Spain and Poland.
A 5-8 guard from Omaha, Neb., Turner was a three-year starter and four-year letterwinner for the Huskers from 2007 to 2010. Turner helped the Huskers to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2007, 2008 and 2010. As a senior on Nebraska's first NCAA Sweet Sixteen team in 2010, Turner earned first-team All-Big 12 honors while also being named the Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Year. The three-time selection to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team finished fifth on Nebraska's career steals list with 229 while closing 24th on NU's career scoring list with 1,101. Her 183 career three-pointers rank third in Husker history.
A star at Bellevue East High School, Turner was a first-team WBCA High School All-American and the 2006 Gatorade Nebraska High School Player of the Year.