Corinne Turner, a senior, will not rejoin the women’s basketball team this season, head coach Joe McKeown said.
Turner experiencedc decreased playing time during her junior year and has been hampered by injuries during her tenure at GW
“She is still part of the program and is still on scholarship,” McKeown said.
McKeown said that Turner will serve a non-playing role with the team, one that has not yet been finalized. He said that it will most likely be as a team assistant or intern with the program. McKeown said his goal is to have Turner remain part of the program and focus on her academics.
The decision to have Turner sit was made over the summer, McKeown said, after ongoing conversations that began in the spring. Turner’s exit from the team will benefit her, McKeown said.
“The goal is for Corinne to graduate in May,” he said. “That’s what she’s going to focus on.”
Turner did not travel with the squad to the NCAA Tournament in March last year, but McKeown said that her absence from the event was unrelated to the decision to sit out her senior season.
Turner saw time in 22 of the Colonials’ 32 games last season, starting eight games and averaging 11.6 minutes an outing. She led the team in shooting percentage, registering 62.2 percent from the floor. Turner saw time in the final of the Atlantic 10 Tournament in Philadelphia.
The 6-foot-2 forward was a highly recruited player four years ago for the Colonials. Turner was a McDonald’s All-America Team candidate during her senior year at Christ the King High School in New York. The high school also produced Amanda LoCascio, who transferred from GW in 2004.
As a junior in high school, Turner was named to the Newsday and Daily News First Team All Queens and Newsday First Team All City. Blue Star Basketball, a national scouting organization for women’s basketball, ranked her recruiting class that year 18th in the nation in 2003.
McKeown had high expectations for Turner when she was brought to GW.
“(Turner is) one of the most athletic kids we’ve signed in a long time,” he said.
McKeown, who is in his 18th year at GW, said he is looking forward to Turner’s future.
“I’m excited for her future,” he said. “She’ll have a valuable GW degree when she graduates.”
Turner could not be reached for comment.