April 19, 2000
NEW ORLEANS, La. - - Tulane's Taryn Turnbull has been invited to compete for a position on the Candian National Women's Basketball team that will participate in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Canada Basketball has announced.
Turnbull, a native of Kingston, Ontario, is one of 24 Canadian players invited to try out for one of 12 spots on the Olympic team. The three-day tryout will take place from May 28-30 in Richmond, British Columbia. Currently a junior at Tulane, Turnbull is one of 10 guards invited to the camp and one of seven players currently playing college basketball in the United States. She has previously played on the Canadian Junior National Team.
"I am really excited about having the chance to represent my country," Turnbull said. "It is a great honor. Hopefully I can play well during the tryouts and earn a trip to the Olympics."
This past season, Turnbull played in all 32 games, moving into a starting role during the last 10 games of the season. She averaged 3.2 points and 1.8 rebounds per game while connecting on 44.0 percent of her shots (33-of-75). Her 34.1 three-point field goal percentage ranked third on the team, while she also hit 75.0 percent of her free throws (21-of-28). She finished third on the squad with 72 assists and had a team-best assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.5. In three games during Tulane's run to the Conference USA Tournament title, Turnbull recorded 15 assists and just one turnover in 88 total minutes of action.
"This is a great opportunity for Taryn," Tulane head coach Lisa Stockton said. "Anytime you get invited to tryout for your national team, it is an honor. She is among the top players in Canada, which is a very select group. She is probably one of the youngest players invited, which says a lot about her ability."
"She had a terrific season for us this year," Stockton added. "She stepped into a starting role at the end of the year and really played well during the C-USA Tournament."