Lady Raptors' Turner earns NJAC Honorable Mention
CAMDEN, N.J. (Feb. 23, 2011) – Rutgers University-Camden junior guard Brittany Turner (Belleville, NJ/Queen of Peace) was named as a New Jersey Athletic Conference Honorable Mention performer when the NJAC released its 2010-11 women’s basketball all-star teams today.
In her second year with the Lady Raptors’ program, Turner led the team in scoring with 15.2 points per game and 46 assists, while finishing second on the squad with 62 steals and 10 blocked shots.
A tireless performer, Turner led all NJAC players by averaging 36.2 minutes per game this season. She also was fourth in the conference in scoring with her 15.2 average, while finishing seventh in steals per game (2.5), 13th in free throw percentage (.613), 22nd in three-point field goals made (17), 26th in field goal percentage (.345), 27th in assists per game (1.8), 31st in blocks per game (0.4), 38th in defensive rebounds per game (2.6) and 39th in overall rebounds per game (4.0).
Turner helped the Lady Raptors post a 9-16 record this season, their best mark since a 10-15 campaign in 2003-04. She started all 25 games and scored in double figures in 19 of her 25 games. She collected 20 or more points 10 times, including three straight games from Dec. 15-30.
Along the way, Turner collected a career high of 27 points at Keystone College (Nov. 15), when she shot 8-for-20 from the field, including 3-for-7 from three-point range, and added an 8-for-10 performance from the foul line. She nearly matched that career high with 26 points at Rowan University (Feb. 9), shooting 10-for-25 from the field (1-for-4 from three-point range) and 5-for-5 from the foul line.
Turner’s back-to-back games against Brooklyn College (Jan. 24) and New Jersey City University (Jan. 29), in which she averaged 21.0 points, earned her honors as the NJAC Player of the Week on Jan. 31. She also captured a pair of Rutgers-Camden honors as the school’s Raptor of the Week on Dec. 13 and Jan. 17.
During the season, Turner also collected a career high of nine rebounds against both United States Merchant Marine Academy (Nov. 20) and City College of New York (Jan. 10). She had three games with a career-high five assists, coming against City College of New York (Jan. 10), Kean University (Jan. 19) and Brooklyn College (Jan. 24), and she also had a career-high six steals against both Hood College (Dec. 18) and Rowan University (Jan. 12).
A transfer from Felician College, where she played one year of basketball, Turner also has developed into one of the NJAC’s top high jumpers in track. She competed in her first season of outdoor track during the 2010 spring season and earned NJAC Second Team honors while setting the Lady Raptors’ outdoor program record in the high jump (1.58 meters). She was named as the Co-Most Dedicated Athlete on the outdoor track team.
Less than a week after the basketball season ended this winter, she joined the Raptors’ indoor track team and promptly set the school’s indoor high jump mark at the Haverford Quad (Feb. 16), jumping 1.58 meters to qualify for the ECAC meet. On Sunday night in New York, she tied for second place in the high jump at the NJAC Championships to earn NJAC Second Team honors for indoor track.
Turner earned 12 varsity letters at Queen of Peace High School, with four apiece in basketball, track and cross country. She scored 1,081 career points and was her team MVP during the 2007-08 season.
A Social Work major at Rutgers-Camden, Brittany is the daughter of Andrew and Olivia Turner of Belleville.