Turner, Page Star in EuroLeague Title Game
Former Huskers Yvonne Turner and Danielle Page put together strong efforts in the EuroLeague Championship Game on Sunday, but their Sopron team came up short in a 72-53 loss to UMMC Ekaterinburg at Novamatic Arena in Hungary on Sunday.
Turner, a 5-8 guard from Omaha, Neb., scored a game-high 21 points while adding three assists, two rebounds and a block for Sopron. In the two EuroLeague Final Four games, Turner averaged 20.0 points per contest.
Page, a 6-2 forward from Monument, Colo., added nine points, a team-high seven rebounds and a block against the powerhouse Ekaterinburg (Russia) team that included WNBA stars Maya Moore, Brittney Griner and Kristi Tolliver. Moore finished with 17 points, while Griner added 16 points, nine rebounds and five blocks. Tolliver was all but shut down by Turner, who limited Tolliver to just 1-for-9 shooting from the field.
Turner, who was the oldest rookie in the WNBA in 2017, produced a strong season for Sopron, averaging better than 14 points, three rebounds and four 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 will return to the United States this week to open training camp with 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.
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.
Page, a four-year letterwinner for the Huskers from 2005 to 2008, put 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 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 2.4 rebounds for Sopron despite battling a knee injury, .