On March 29, 2017, Brianna Turner ruptured the ACL in her left knee during the NCAA Tournament. She did not want to rush back after having surgery that April. It was then announced she would miss the 2017-2018 season to rehab the knee. Fortunately, that rehab stint has since paid dividends for Turner and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
To emphasize, the 6-foot-3 forward is averaging 13 points and 7.3 rebounds this season for Notre Dame. At the start of the season, Turner felt reinvigorated.
“I feel like I’m a freshman all over again,” Turner stated to John Fineran. “I got to see things from a different perspective that I feel I can use.”
Consequently, opponents have been witnessed what Turner is still capable of all season long.
For example, Turner was a force in Notre Dame’s game against Marquette on December 22. Turner was able to put up a stat line of 20 points on 9/12 shooting, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 4 blocks. To sum up, the graduate senior has been a focal point for the Notre Dame attack.
Turner is embracing her last season for Notre Dame and the accolades are starting to pile up. She was named one of the 10 finalists for women’s Defensive Player of the Year award on Tuesday by the Naismith Trophy.
In order to get to where she is now, Turner was able to go through a stressful rehab. Her being asked questions about the injury was a strenuous period.
“I kind of felt like I wanted to go through my rehab on my own, behind the cameras,” Turner noted in an interview with ND Insider back in August. “I didn’t feel like it was necessary to film every (step). As for the (interviews), I felt like it was going to be the same questions and answers. ‘Are you cleared yet?’ Are you cleared yet? When will you be cleared?’ It would’ve been the same questions every month.”
Brianna Turner has been able to turn in some excellent performances this season. Generally speaking, her biggest impact has been on the defensive end.
Last season, Jessica Shepard led the team in blocks with 28. Immediately, Turner’s impact is showing, leading the program in that category during the 2018-19 voyage. This season, the senior is third in the country in blocks with 73. Additionally, Turner is first in the country in blocks per game (2.7 blocks). Along with her defensive impact, Turner has been superb around the basket on offense, shooting 60.6% from the field.
All in all, Brianna Turner is back to playing proficiently like she was before the injury in 2017. There’s simply not fear in her, even looming in the shadows, of what might happen if things turn sideways on the court.
“I’m going to go out there and play,” Turner stated to ND Insider. “If I get hurt again, I get hurt again, but I’m not about to play scared.”
Her play up to this point of the season, as an illustration, shows how here fearless play is helping the Irish as they inch toward March.
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