#15 Kaila Turner
OVERVIEW: Nicknamed ‘KT’ … veteran at both backcourt positions … dynamic three-point shooter … steady ballhandler, learning under expert tutelage of former Fighting Irish All-American and current assistant coach Niele Ivey … offered mix of floor leadership and scoring potential … solid court vision and creativity to open up offensive possibilities, and similarly, quickness allowed her to penetrate and set up teammates … challenged defenses in both transition and half-court sets with efficient pull-up jumper … athleticism made her an asset at both ends of the floor … showed incredible toughness late in career, playing final two months with torn ulnar collateral ligament in left elbow, an injury that later required ‘Tommy John’ surgery (a rarity for a basketball player) … helped Notre Dame reach new heights during career with 130 wins, three Final Fours, two national championship game appearances, two BIG EAST titles and a BIG EAST tournament crown.
SENIOR SEASON (2012-13): Appeared in 32 games (starting three times) while averaging career highs of 3.9 points and 1.2 steals per game and 1.75 assist/turnover ratio, as well as 1.5 assists per game … had seven points, three assists and two steals in home opener against UMass … earned first career start against Mercer and responded with (then) season-high nine points, three assists and three steals …matched (then) season high with nine points against Utah State, while also posting season bests of four assists and three rebounds (plus two steals) …had career highs in assists (7) and steals (7) in 24 minutes of action against Alabama A&M … scored (then) season-high 11 points (3-4 3FG, 2-2 FT) against Kansas State … had six points, two assists and three steals against Saint Francis (Pa.) …collected two points and four steals in 15 minutes against Rutgers … nailed three-pointer against St. John[apos]s before being sidelined by right knee injury (deep bone bruise) … missed next game against Pittsburgh but returned for home game against Providence, tying season high with three three-pointers against Friars (nine points in 14 minutes) …matched (then) season high with 11 points (4-5 FG) and trio of three-pointers against Cincinnati …played limited minutes at Villanova after injuring left elbow midway through first half (missed next three games) … returned to court at DePaul, playing 11 minutes and piling up five points (2-3 FG, 1-2 3FG) and three assists …got starting nod on Senior Night against No. 22/20 Syracuse and played key role in comeback win with nine points (4-6 FG), two assists and two steals in season-high 26 minutes … started second consecutive game at Providence (in place of injured Jewell Loyd), collecting five points and three assists in season high-tying 26 minutes … matched season-high playing time for third consecutive game, seeing 26 minutes in triple-overtime win over No. 3 Connecticut in final home game; scored seven points (3-5 FG), picked up three steals and hit game-tying jumper with 44.2 seconds left in second overtime to force third extra period, then gave Notre Dame first lead of overtime with free throw 18 seconds into third bonus frame … scored season-high 12 points (3-4 3FG, 3-4 FT) and added two steals against No. 16/15 Louisville in BIG EAST semifinals … contributed five points, three assists and two rebounds in 14 minutes of NCAA opening-round win over Tennessee-Martin … gave Fighting Irish strong support in first half of NCAA Elite Eight win over No. 5 Duke, filling in when starting point guard Skylar Diggins was saddled with foul trouble; logged five points (2-2 FG, 1-1 3FG), two rebounds and two assists in 15 minutes.
JUNIOR SEASON (2011-12): Played in 38 games, registering career-high 3.4 points and 1.2 rebounds per game … logged over 20 minutes of action in five of first seven contests of the campaign … totaled six points and four assists in 20 minutes against Hartford … grabbed career-high five rebounds against Penn … dished out season-high five assists at Creighton … opened BIG EAST portion of the schedule vs. Marquette with eight points and three assists … scored 13 points (3 3FG) with game-high four assists and three steals vs. Central Florida … eight points and four steals vs. Longwood … had career day at Mercer with 17 points (3 3FG) … returned to double figures against Pittsburgh with 14 points on one of best shooting days of her career (6-8 FG, 2-4 3FG) … played 18 minutes and made two three-pointers for six points vs. No. RV/23 DePaul … two foul shots in second half at No. 4 Connecticut ignited game-turning 13-2 run for Irish … chipped in with five points (including buzzer-beating three-pointer to end first half and pull Irish within one point) and a steal in BIG EAST title game at No. 4 Connecticut … registered four assists without a turnover in NCAA Championship opener vs. Liberty … set postseason career highs for points (14) and FGM (5), while also setting a career high by making 4-5 3FG in NCAA Sweet 16 win over No. 21/25 St. Bonaventure — her 4-of-5 effort from three-point line was third-best by a Fighting Irish player in NCAA tournament history.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2010-11): Appeared in all 39 games, averaging 2.7 points and career-high 1.7 assists per outing … ranked second on team in assist/turnover ratio (1.30) and free throw percentage (.828) … also placed third on the squad in three-point percentage (.322) and assists (1.7 apg.) … logged two points and three assists (no turnovers) in season opener against New Hampshire … posted one of best nights of career (and nearly first ‘5-5-5’ game) against Morehead State with 10 points, and (then) career highs for assists (5), rebounds (tied-4) and minutes (25) … totaled seven points at No. 9/10 Kentucky with a pair of rebounds in 18 minutes … dished out five assists with five steals and scored eight points (including two 3FG) in career-high 28 minutes against IUPUI to register her first career ‘5-5-5’ game … posted 5.5 assist/turnover ratio (11 assists, two turnovers) during three-game WBCA Classic … had pair of three-pointers at Providence … third five-assist outing came during a home rout of Creighton … totaled eight points — including a pair of treys — at Valparaiso with career-high-tying five steals … handed out career-high six assists (no turnovers) in 25 minutes against Loyola Marymount … went 4-for-4 from the charity stripe against Southeast Missouri State while adding four defensive boards and three helpers … shot 2-for-2 from the foul line while recording two boards and first career block vs. Louisville … scored five points with two boards and one steal against Pittsburgh … drained a three-pointer and posted a single rebound, assist and steal against No. 16/17 Georgetown … poured in a triple, dished out three assists and nabbed two steals against No. RV/23 St. John[apos]s … dropped in five points (2-3 FG, 1-2 3FG) during the win over Seton Hall … added four points (2-2 FT) in the conquest of Rutgers … grabbed four rebounds and added two assists and two steals in win at No. 19/18 West Virginia … poured in nine points (3-4 3FG) in home finale against Cincinnati … picked up five points (clutch second-half 3FG) and two steals vs. No. 9/13 DePaul in BIG EAST semifinal win.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2009-10): Saw action in 21 games as a rookie … averaged 1.9 points, 0.7 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game … made college debut against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, knocking down a second-half jumper and dishing out a pair of assists in 11 minutes … saw 12 minutes of action vs. Iona, collecting two points and an assist … picked up assist and steal in closing minutes of win over South Carolina at Paradise Jam … chalked up five points (first career 3FG and FTs), three assists and two rebounds vs. IPFW … played 14 minutes vs. Valparaiso, scoring three points … had best day of her young career vs. Charlotte, posting career highs of 11 points (4-7 FG), four rebounds and five steals in 14 minutes … tied career high with four rebounds in BIG EAST debut against Villanova … hit jumper late in game at Connecticut … notched assist in final minutes vs. Providence … did not dress for Pittsburgh game due to sprained ankle suffered in practice earlier in week … returned to action at Cincinnati, entering game in final minute … saw five minutes of action at No. 22/23 St. John[apos]s … connected on second-half jumper and added a rebound in win at Seton Hall … delivered pair of late-game assists, along with a free throw in regular season finale against No. 1 Connecticut … made BIG EAST Championship debut in second-round win over Louisville, logging five points and two assists in a season-high-tying 14 minutes … appeared in first NCAA Championship game late in first-round win over Cleveland State, scoring basket and tying career high with three assists.
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year starter at Marian Catholic High School (combined record of 105-25, .808) in Chicago Heights, Ill., where she was coached by Annie Basic … career averages of 9.5 ppg., 3.3 apg. and 2.5 rpg. … scored 1,231 points in career … during senior season of 2008-09, averaged 10.8 ppg. and 3.6 apg. to help Marian Catholic post 30-5 record and second consecutive berth in Illinois Class 4A sectional final — for second consecutive season, team lost by two points in sectional final, this time in double overtime (on desperation half-court shot) to eventual state runner-up Whitney Young High School despite team-high 24 points from Turner in title game) … as a junior in 2007-08, averaged 13.4 ppg., 4.2 apg. and 3.7 spg. for 23-6 Spartans team that earned a spot in the Illinois Class 4A sectional final (two-point loss to eventual state semifinalist Chicago Marist High School prevented team from making third consecutive trip to Illinois state tournament [top 16 teams]; Turner had game-high 13 points in contest) … averaged 9.1 ppg. and team-high 3.3 apg., as a sophomore in 2006-07, helping MCHS to a 29-4 record and third-place finish in the state in Class AA (lost in state semifinals to eventual champion Fenwick, led by former Notre Dame teammate and two-time All-America forward Devereaux Peters ([apos]11); came back to win third-place game in overtime) … during freshman season (2005-06), averaged 7.6 ppg., with .435 3FG% (30-69), and was part of Marian Catholic squad that reached Class AA state quarterfinals before ending up with a 23-10 record … played AAU ball for Illinois Wolverines 16U Black, where she was coached by Ron Newquist … team advanced to ‘Sweet 16’ of [apos]08 AAU Junior Girls National Championship (formerly 16U Nationals) before losing to eventual champion … two-time Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) all-state selection (first team 2009; second team 2008) … two-time Times of Northwest Indiana Illinois Player of the Year (2008 and 2009) … three-time first-team all-area selection by Times of Northwest Indiana, Illinois Times and Daily Southtown (2007, 2008 and 2009) … three-time all-East Suburban Catholic Conference choice (2007, 2008 and 2009) … Most Valuable Player of Maine West Tournament (2007) … ranked 82nd in the country by Blue Star Basketball and All-Star Girls Report.
PERSONAL DATA: Daughter of Pat Autman and Danny Turner … one of 14 Illinois residents to suit up for Notre Dame, including 13 products of the Chicagoland area … graduated in May 2013 with bachelor[apos]s degree in psychology from Notre Dame[apos]s College of Arts and Letters … now works for E&J Gallo Winery and is based out of Chicago.
Turner[apos]s Career Statistics
Turner in the BIG EAST Conference