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Yvonne Turner's Bio

About Yvonne Turner

WNBA CAREER

Two-year WNBA player having spent both the 2018 and 2017 seasons in Phoenix

Signed as a free agent by Phoenix on February 8, 2017

Has appeared in 66 career regular-season games, earning the start in seven of them…played in all 34 games in 2017 and missed first two games of 2018 with calf injury

Career averages of 4.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game

Poured a career-high 18 points off the bench on July 16, 2017 at Minnesota, finishing seven-of-12 (58.3-percent) from the field and three-of-six from three-point range

Grabbed a career-high nine rebounds on June 30, 2018 at Washington…notched a career high in defensive rebounds with eight that game

Finished third among all rookies in 2017 in shooting percentage after shooting 41.0-percent (66-of-161) from the field

 

2018 SEASON

Appeared in 32 games in 2018, earning the start in three of them…missed the first two games of the season with a calf injury

Averaged 8.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists in her three starts

Averaged 4.1 points per game, while recording career-bests in rebounding (1.8 rpg) and assists (1.3 apg)

Scored a season-high 12 points on June 30 at Washington

Nearly recorded triple-doubles in back-to-back games (seven points, eight rebounds, seven assists on June 29 at Indiana and 12 points, nine rebounds, six assists on June 30 at Washington)

Set career highs in rebounds (9 – June 30 at Washington), assists (7 – June 29 at Indiana), steals (4 – May 30 vs. Washington), minutes played (34 – July 25 vs. Chicago), defensive rebounds (8 – June 30 at Washington) and offensive rebounds (4 – June 29 at Indiana)

Appeared in all seven playoff games, starting in three of them…averaged 6.9 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game

Scored a playoff career-best 19 points twice in the playoffs (Game 3 of WNBA Semifinals vs. Seattle on August 31 and Game 5 of WNBA Semifinals at Seattle on September 4)

In addition to scoring 19 points during Game 3 of WNBA Semifinals, recorded playoff career highs in rebounds (7) and assists (6) that game

2017 SEASON

Appeared in all 34 games for the Mercury…only 10 rookies in franchise history had appeared in every game during first season entering 2017…started in final four games of the season…Mercury went 3-1 during that time

Averaged 5.1 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game

Scored a career-high 18 points on July 16 at Minnesota after coming off the bench…finished seven-of-12 (58.3-percent) from the field, including a three-of-six mark from three-point range

Finished third among all WNBA rookies in field goal percentage (41.0-pecent), fifth in scoring (5.1 ppg) and fifth in free throw percentage (76.3-percent)

Started in all five of the Mercury’s playoff games…ranked fourth on the team in scoring per game (9.8) during the playoffs, while also averaging 2.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game

COLLEGE CAREER

Four-year standout at the University of Nebraska from 2006-2010

Named to the Big-12 All-Defensive Team three times and voted as Big-12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year following her senior season

Became sixth player in program history to finish career with at least 1,000 points, 200 assists and 200 steals

Finished her time at Nebraska ranked second in career three-point field goals (183), second in three-point field goals in a season (57, 2009) and ranked fifth on the all-time career steals list (229)

INTERNATIONAL

Played for Uniqa Sopron in Hungary for a second straight WNBA offseason in 2017-18…led Sopron to the EuroLeague Championship game where the team fell to UMMC Ekaterinburg…averaged 14.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals in EuroLeague play

Played alongside Mercury center Cayla George during 2016-17 WNBA offseason for Uniqa Sopron in Hungary

Led the EuroLeague in scoring during 2016-17 season at 18.8 points per game, ranking just ahead of Diana Taurasi, who finished second in the league in scoring with a 17.9 ppg mark

Finished as one of only two players (Allie Quigley) in the EuroLegaue to rank in the top-10 in both scoring and assists per game (5.1), while also ranking in the top-10 in steals per game (2.0)

Has also seen overseas stints in Australia, Germany, Russia, Ecuador, Turkey, Spain and Poland

PERSONAL

Born October 13, 1987 in Omaha, Nebraska

Daughter of Euvon Turner and Vanessa Johnson and stepfather Jay Johnson

Has three brothers (Anthony Canion, Robert Canion and Euvon Turner) and one sister (Alishya Turner)

Majored in Child, Youth and Family studies while minoring in education while at Nebraska

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