Campus briefs: Cristal Turner reunites with Jerry Finkbeiner at Utah State

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Published: Thursday, June 21 2012 11:00 p.m. MDT

Utah State head women's basketball coach Jerry Finkbeiner announced Thursday that Cristal Turner will transfer to USU from Oral Roberts.

Turner, who is a 6-2 forward, played for Finkbeiner her freshman and sophomore seasons at ORU before suffering knee injuries in back-to-back seasons. As a freshman, she played in all 30 games, starting 14. She was solid from beyond the arc, ending the season shooting over 38 percent from three-point range. As a sophomore, Turner played in 32 games for the Golden Eagles. She led the team in blocked shots with 14.

She attended Maidstone Grammar School prior to Oral Roberts. She was part of the 18-Under 2007 European Championship team and competed in England's 20-Under team in 2008. Turner played club basketball for the Sevenoaks Suns and was named the England Basketball League Division II South Player of the Year 2007-08. She helped lead the Suns to National Trophy wins in 2006-07 and 2007-08.

Turner graduated from Oral Roberts with a degree in international business this May and will be pursuing her master's at USU.

Her mother, Radmila, played basketball for Bulgaria in the 1988 Olympics and is known as one of the top European basketball players in the last 50 years.

Utah State has already signed five players for the 2012-13 season. Haylee Thompson, a 6-0 forward from Hailey, Idaho, will be a freshman next season. Makenlee Williams, a 5-11 forward/guard, from Syracuse, Utah, will also be a freshman. The Aggies also added Stephanie Bairstow, a 6-1 forward from Brisbane, Australia. Junior transfers Kelsey Corcoran and Jasmine Porter will become Aggies this season as well.

Complete 2011-12 Utah State Women's Basketball Signing Class

Stephanie Bairstow, 6-1, F, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (Mansfield State HS)

Kelsey Corcoran, 6-2, F, Middletown, Va. (The Miller School/Winthrop)*

Jasmine Porter, 6-1, F, Layton, Utah (Layton Christian Academy/San Diego State)*

Haylee Thompson, 6-0, F, Hailey, Idaho (Wood River HS)

Cristal Turner, 6-2, F, Scunthorpe, England (Maidstone Grammar School/Oral Roberts)

Makenlee Williams, 5-11, F/G, Syracuse, Utah (Syracuse HS)

*Will sit out the 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer rules

USU ADDS 3 SOCCER PLAYERS: Utah State head soccer coach Heather Cairns announced Thursday the addition of three more players for the 2012 season. Junior midfielder Robin Hansen, junior defender Jackie Tillotson and freshman forward Kaitlyn Wilcox will join the Aggies this season. The trio rounds out the 12-member 2012 USU soccer signing class.

Hansen, a Hyde Park, Utah, native, played her first two seasons at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa. At IWCC, Hansen was a two-year starter who was an anchor for the Reiver midfield. She scored seven goals and tallied five assists as a Reiver. After graduating early, Hansen transferred to Utah State for the spring semester and has already begun training with the Aggies.

Wilcox, a Tremonton, Utah, native, missed her senior season due to an injury but was still named team captain. During her high school career, she earned all-region and all-state honors. Her junior year, she set the school scoring record with 16 goals. Wilcox has started since her sophomore season and scored 22 career goals.

She has one sister, Amanda, who played soccer at Iowa Western, while her father, Gene, wrestled at BYU.

Tillotson, who hails from Sandy, Utah, played two seasons at UNLV, a future Mountain West Conference rival of Utah State. She played in 16 of the Rebels' 21 matches last season, starting eight. She had one assist and took two shots.

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