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2008 WNBA Season: Enjoyed a breakout season, earning Most Improved Player consideration…Third year forward led the Sun with 44 made threes, 27 more than in her two previous WNBA seasons combined…Was fourth on the team with a career-high scoring average of eight points per game…Also had new single-season career highs for made field goals (80), made free throws (69), rebounds (108), assists (52) and blocks (14)…Appeared in all 34 games with six starts…Established new single-game career highs for points (18), assists (7), steals (3), made field goals (6) and made threes (5)…Reached double figures 14 times, including a span of four straight games from June 8-16th…Was 5-for-5 for 13 points in the fourth quarter of an 87-81 win over Washington (9/13).
In The Playoffs: Averaged 5.3 points per game in three playoff games…Had two three-pointers in Game 1 loss at New York (9/18)…Had career playoff best six rebounds in Game 3…Averaged 19 minutes per game in three-game series.

2007 Season: Played in 22 games after joining the Comets as a free agent, averaging 4.2 points and 1.9 rebounds in 12 minutes per game… Scored a career-high 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting at Connecticut (6/22)…Also scored in double-figures with 11 points at Chicago (7/29) and 13 at Indiana (6/6)…Also grabbed a season-high five rebounds in that game.

2006 Season: Averaged 6.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 0.2 blocks in 34 games in her one season with the Storm … One of four Storm players to appear in all 34 games, including nine starts…Ranked fourth among WNBA rookies in field goal percentage at .447, trailing Jennifer Lacey (.477), Candice Dupree (.457) and Seimone Augustus (.456)…Scored in double-figures nine times…Picked up her first WNBA points on a transition layup against Houston (5/23)…Made the first start of her career against Sacramento (6/27), handing out a career-high seven assists in 28 minutes…Pulled down a career-best nine rebounds at Charlotte (7/20).
In The Playoffs: Averaged 2.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 17.3 minutes per game in three games.

Collegiate Career: Finished her collegiate career ranked ninth among all-time scoring leaders at UConn with 1,629 points and 10th on the all-time list for rebounding with 797 boards … Completed her four seasons at UConn as the fifth player in school history to tally 1,600 points and 700 rebounds in a career … Averaged team highs in points (22.8 ppg) and rebounds (10.8 rpg) during the Huskies’ four-game run in the 2006 NCAA Tournament … Earned Honorable Mention BIG EAST honors as a junior, Second-Team All-BIG EAST recognition as a sophomore and was a member of the BIG EAST All-Rookie team as a freshman… Also earned East Region All-Tournament Team honors twice and was the Most Outstanding Player of the BIG EAST Tournament during her junior season…That year she also tallied 12 points and nine rebounds in UConn’s NCAA National Championship victory over Tennessee.


Personal

Full name is Barbara Renee Turner… Nickname is "BT"… Majored in political science at UConn and says she would be a lawyer if she wasn’t playing basketball…Loves to cook, and says her favorite dish is baked macaroni and cheese…Enjoys watching Law & Order SVU in her spare time…Lists her game-day ritual as listening to Jay-Z before tipoff and putting her uniform on in a certain order…At East Technical, was named a 2002 First Team All-American by USA TODAY, WBCA, and Parade Magazine...Also named a First Team McDonald’s All-American and played in the inaugural High School All-American game...2002 Gatorade Ohio Player of the Year and Ms. Ohio Basketball...2002 Naismith Player of the Year finalist...Averaged 23.5 points per game, 17.6 rebounds per game, 10.2 assists per game and 4.6 blocks per game as a senior leading East Tech to the 2002 state title...The state title was the first ever by a Cleveland Municipal school...Named the 2002 Ohio Division II State Tournament MVP.

Career Transactions

Selected by Seattle in the first round (11th overall) of the 2006 WNBA Draft …Waived by Seattle on May 16, 2007 … Signed as a free agent by Houston on May 30, 2007 … Acquired from Houston in exchange for Megan Mahoney on March 6, 2008.

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