Women's Basketball Adds Junior College Standout For 2002-03 Season

May 9, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University's women's basketball team has signed junior college standout Krystal Turner, a 6-2 forward from Las Vegas, NV, to play for the Beavers in 2002-03, announced head coach Judy Spoelstra on Thursday afternoon.

Turner will join the Beavers after two highly successful seasons at Arizona Western Community College in Yuma, AZ, where she played for head coach Patrick Cunningham.

Turner is a two-time National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) first team All-American, a two-time NJCAA National Tournament team selection and two-time Player of the Year for the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC).

'Crystal is not only a great player, but is a great individual' said Cunningham. 'She is a tremendous transition post who has a knack for finding the ball, running the court, and finishing plays.'

Turner averaged 21.4 points and 14.4 rebounds while shooting 61-percent from the floor as a freshman. As a sophomore, she averaged 17.2 points and 10.4 boards while hitting 59-percent from the field and leading her team to the Junior College National Tournament.

'We couldn't be happier with signing Krystal,' said Spoelstra. 'She is one of the best junior college forwards to graduate this year. She will add greatly to our transition game, defense and rebounding.'

The addition of Turner brings Oregon State's signing class to six players for the 2002-03 season.

Women's Basketball signees:
Late Period:

Krystal Turner (Las Vegas, Nevada/Arizona Western Community College)
Tarika Campbell (Long Beach, California/Long Beach Wilson High School)

Early Signing Period:
Mandy Close (Bozeman, Montana/Bozeman High School)
Anita Rivera (Lake Elisnore, California/Temescal Canyon High School)
Casey Bunn (Stayton, Oregon/Stayton High School)
Karen Vickery (Vale, Oregon/Vale High School)

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