HAMMOND | Tierra Turner's second semester of her senior year at Purdue Calumet has gone something like this: Go to class, get out of class at 4:50 p.m and rush to the gymnasium for the Peregrines' home games at 5.
Without the extra time to shoot around, or even catch her breath for that matter, Turner has excelled despite being in a rush. Wednesday's game was no different.
Turner, who actually got out of class at 4:30 due to a test, paced the Peregrines with 36 points on 14-for-21 shooting, helping her team to a 92-82 win over Robert Morris in a quarterfinal game of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.
Turner's 36 points gives her 85 in her last three games.
"It seems like I've had my best games during the second semester," said Turner, a Merrillville grad. "I don't get to warm up, I don't get to do nothing. It seems weird that I do have my best games on those days. Maybe it's because I'm so anxious from being in class."
Turner earned the praises of coach Tom Megyesi after the game.
"Tierra had a great game," he said. "Once we reversed the ball a couple times, Tierra can take them to the hole. The defense was a little out of sync. Tierra would penetrate, and she was hitting (shots) today."
Robert Morris (17-11) was pesky the entire game. The Peregrines (22-6) were up 46-34 and eventually took a 21-point lead late in the game, but no lead seemed safe. That's because Megyesi knows how dangerous Robert Morris can be, which was proven with five players in double figures.
"Now is the time when you continue playing and stay alive in the tournament," he said. "They're a good team, too. They beat Cardinal Stritch, they beat (IU-South Bend), so I'm very happy with this win."
The Peregrines learned they had already received an automatic bid to the NAIA Division II Tournament, but the goal remains the same: Win the CCAC Tournament.
The tournament bid marks the first time in school history the Peregrines have earned a spot for two consecutive seasons.
"The school has really looked to us and promoted us as the dynamic sport at the school," Turner said. "Everyone is wanting to accomplish everything that we have. We have some keeping up to do."