Kaila Turner

Kaila Turner#15

OVERVIEW: Called "KT," Turner is a steady force at the point guard position, learning under the expert tutelage of former Fighting Irish All-American and current assistant coach Niele Ivey. Turner has shown good development during summer workouts, honing her offensive skills, especially her perimeter shooting. She also offers an exciting mix of floor leadership and scoring potential. Her excellent court vision and creativity to open up offensive possibilities, and similarly, her quickness allows her to penetrate and set up teammates. Turner also challenges defenses in both transition and half-court sets with an efficient pull-up jumper. Her athleticism makes her an asset at both ends of the floor, and she's sure to give the Fighting Irish substantial quality depth, versatility and veteran savvy in the backcourt in 2011-12.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2010-11): Appeared in all 39 games as a reliable reserve for the Fighting Irish … 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.) … (read more)

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 ... (read more)

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. ... (read more)

PERSONAL DATA: Born Sept. 5, 1990 ... daughter of Pat Autman and Danny Turner ... one of three Illinois natives on the 2011-12 Fighting Irish roster along with senior forward Devereaux Peters and freshman guard Whitney Holloway ... Turner, Peters and Holloway are three of the 13 Illinois residents to have suited up for Notre Dame, including 12 products of the Chicagoland area ... enrolled in Notre Dame's College of Arts and Letters, but has not yet declared a major ... some other Notre Dame players who wore No. 15 include Renee Antolik, Carol Elliott and Dionne Smith (the most recent wearer in 1992-93).

 

 

 

 


 


SOPHOMORE SEASON (2010-11): Appeared in all 39 games as a reliable reserve for the Fighting Irish … 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 career highs for assists (5), rebounds (tied-4) and minutes (25) … totaled seven points at #9/10 Kentucky with a pair of rebounds in 18 minutes … dished out five assists with five steals and scored eight points against IUPUI (including two three-pointers) to register her first career "5-5-5" game … posted 5.5 assist/turnover ratio (11 assists, two turnovers) during three-game WBCA Classic … matched a career high after draining a 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 #16/17 Georgetown … poured in a triple, dished out three assists and nabbed two steals against #RV/23 St. John'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 … tied career high with four rebounds and added two assists and two steals in win at #19/18 West Virginia … poured in nine points (career-high 3-4 3FG) in home finale against Cincinnati … picked up five points (including clutch second-half 3FG) and two steals vs. #9/13 DePaul in BIG EAST semifinal win … notched two assists against Temple in round two of the NCAA Championship.

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 career-high 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'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 current Irish senior forward Devereaux Peters; 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 '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.