/For W.N.B.A.’s Oldest Rookie, a Lot of Persistence Goes a Long Way

For W.N.B.A.’s Oldest Rookie, a Lot of Persistence Goes a Long Way

Diana Taurasi scanned the scene with amusement. Taurasi, a 12-year veteran who recently became the W.N.B.A.’s career scoring leader, and Camille Little, a 10-year veteran, let the rookies off relatively easy, Turner said.

At tipoff, Turner was older than all but one member of the Mercury’s opponent, the Dallas Wings. The same held true less than 10 days later when Phoenix played the Liberty.

Such is life as the oldest rookie in the W.N.B.A.

Turner, a guard, will turn 30 in October and wears the trivia the way one would a headband. After all, she is still coming to grips with the fact that she made it here in the first place.

The product of a basketball household in Omaha, Turner, known as Vonnie to those closest to her, “was just a special kid right from the beginning,” said Scott Jensen, her high school coach.

Turner transferred to Bellevue East High just south of Omaha after her freshman year, and success followed. The Chieftains reached the state title game each season with Turner orchestrating the offense. After Bellevue East finished as state runner-up in consecutive years, Turner led it to the Class A state championship…

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