BIG LEAGUE: Former Bundaberg Bear Yvonne Turner now plays for Phoenix in the WNBA.
BIG LEAGUE: Former Bundaberg Bear Yvonne Turner now plays for Phoenix in the WNBA. Max Fleet BUN250812BSK6

Bundaberg Bear makes dream move to the WNBA

BASKETBALL: After years of persistence, a former Bundaberg Bear has made the big time in professional women's basketball.

Former US import and Hungarian player Yvonne Turner has signed for the Phoenix Mercury for this season's WNBA campaign.

The 29-year-old has joined the club as a rookie and has so far played 11 games for the side for six wins and five losses.

So far Turner has averaged 3.4 points per game and has also averaged 0.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.

She started her career at the University of Nebraska before signing for Bundaberg in the Queensland Basketball League in 2010.

The point guard, a Bear for four seasons, was part of the same squad that made the grand final in 2011.

"She was a great import for us,” Bundaberg Basketball committee member Mick Catlin said yesterday.

"She's finally been able to crack the WNBA after playing in Europe,” he said.

"It's great she's got a permanent spot on the roster.

In a post on their official Facebook, the association said "go get 'em Vonnie, show em how great we all in Bundy know you already are”.

Turner joined the Phoenix from Hungarian club Uniqa Sopron after playing in Germany, Russia, Ecuador, Turkey, Spain and Poland.

The former import also survived a bruising three-week camp to be selected to the side.

She can also now represent Hungary at international events after gaining citizenship late last year and will return to the country after her WNBA requirements finish.

The next match for the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA is on Saturday against Seattle.

SHANE JONES



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